August 23, 2017

Marina Welker

Marina Welker is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research centers on the ethical relationship between business and society.

Her first project, which culminated in her recently published book entitled Enacting the Corporation (2014), was an ethnographic study of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) industry that is creating and installing voluntary social and environmental codes of conduct and practices among corporations. She is currently developing an ethnographic and historical research project on Sampoerna, a clove cigarette firm in Indonesia that was founded by a Chinese immigrant and controlled by his descendants until 2005, when it was taken over by Philip Morris International. She studies corporate strategy at different junctures in the clove cigarette commodity network, focusing on tobacco farmers, Javanese factory workers, urban and rural vendors, consumers, corporate managers, and anti-tobacco activists.