Josh Sterlin

L4E PhD Fellow – McGill University


Joshua received his BA in Anthropology from McGill University in 2013. He then spent two years as a student and teacher at the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington State. There, he spent time learning to put his anthropological training into rewilding practice. Returning to academia, he received an MSc in People and Environment (Anthropology) at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Presently, he is in the process of completing a PhD in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Renewable Resources). Working in the boundary waters of philosophy, anthropology, and ecology Joshua’s research interests include the ancient roots of the Anthropocene, the metaphysical bases of non-anthropocentric worldviews, the semiotics of emergent living systems, the possibilities of cross cultural cosmology, and the relationship of people to their environment in all their multivalent facets.



Shadow Animism and Ontological Xenophobia: An Anthropology of Horror

Joshua Sterlin (2022). Edward Elgar Publishing. Visual Anthropology, 35:2, 158-182, DOI: 10.1080/08949468.2022.2063673


Posthuman legalities. New Materialism and Law Beyond the Human.

Anna Grear, Emille Boulot, Iván Darío Vargas-Roncancio, and Joshua Sterlin (Editors). 2021. Edward Elgar Publishing.


Steps Towards a Legal Ontological Turn: Proposals for Law's Place beyond the Human

L4E Contributors:  Emille Boulot & Joshua Sterlin. In  Transnational Environmental Law, 1-26. 2021



In Uneven Earth. 2021.


Earth Day: The Roots of our Current Environmental Crises o Back 12.000

In The Conversation. 2020


The Civilicene and its Alternatives: Anthropology and its Longue Durée.

In Liberty and the Ecological Crisis. Freedom on a Finite Planet 2019.

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From the Anthropocene to Mutual Thriving: An Agenda for Higher Education in the Ecozoic

L4E Contributors:  Ivan Vargas Roncancio, Leah Temper, Joshua Sterlin, Nina L. Smolyar, Shaun Sellers, Maya Moore, Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Jolyon Larson, Catherine Horner, Jon D. Erickson, Megan Egler, Peter G. Brown, Emille Boulot, Tina Beigi and Michael Babcock In: Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3312.