Part-Time Lecturer

PhD, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle
MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle
BA, Sociocultural Anthropology, Comparative Religious Studies, University of California, Davis

Office: Truly House
Phone: 206-201-9863
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


Political economy; Ethnographic field methods; Anthropological and critical theory; Cultural studies; Critical urban geography; Comparative intellectual history; Queer, feminist, counter-racist pedagogy; Social movement studies; Food studies; Tourism Studies; Community-engaged/volunteer service learning.

Recent Courses Taught

BISGST 397A—Topics in Global Studies: Global Protest Movements
BIS 490B—Global Seattle
BIS 275—Social Problems: Waste (or, the Social Afterlife of Things and People)


Urban ethnography (North America, Australasia), global cities; Consumption, abject economies, waste (especially food); Homelessness, municipal policing strategies, biopolitics; Decentralised networks, grassroots globalization; Anarchist counterpublics, punk subcultures, non-waged labour; Popular culture.

Selected Publications

Giles, David Boarder.  In press (2016).  “The Work of Waste-Making in the Global City: Immaterial Labour and Spectacular Accumulation.”  In Environmental Change and the World’s Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies, Mythologies. Edited by Jonathan Paul Marshall and Linda H. Connor. London: Routledge.

Giles, David Boarder.  In press (2016).  “Food Security: Ethnographic Perspectives on Food Environments, Urban Food Systems, and Principles for Action in Post-Quake Christchurch.” In New Zealand Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services: Diverse Perspectives. Edited by Jane Maidment and Liz Beddoe. Christchurch: University of Canterbury Press.

Peloff, Amy and David Boarder Giles.  In press (2015).  “‘The Right Place for the Heroine’: Continuums of Gender, Agency, and Embodiment at the BBC.”  In Companions in Doctor Who: Roles, Characters, Themes. Edited by Sherry Ginn and Gillian Leitch.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Giles, David B. 2014. “Waste Matters: New Perspectives on Food and Society” (book review). In Gastronomica, Vol. 14(4), November.

Giles, David Boarder.  2014.  “The Anatomy of a Dumpster: Abject Capital and the Looking Glass of Value.” In Social Text No.118.

Peloff, Amy and David Boarder Giles.  2013.  “Welcome to the Hellmouth: Harnessing the Power of Fandom in the Classroom.” In Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Intellect Press.

Giles, David Boarder.  2013.  “‘A Mass Conspiracy To Feed People’: Global Cities, Abject Economies, and Food (Not Bombs).” Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington.