Douglas Rogers is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in political and economic anthropology; natural resources (especially oil) and energy; corporations; the anthropology of religion and ethics; historical anthropology; and socialist societies and their postsocialist trajectories. His archival and ethnographic research in Russia has led to two award-winning books: The Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals (Cornell, 2009) and The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture After Socialism (Cornell, 2015).

Rogers is currently working on two projects. The first, Eating Oil: A Cold War History, is about the history and present-day reverberations of mid-to-late twentieth-century petroleum science in the Soviet Union, the United States, and Europe, including oil-into-food programs, the development of “oil-eating” bacteria, and debates about oil’s abiogenic origins. The second is a study of the history, theory, and practice of the Russian and Soviet corporation.

Rogers received his B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and other organizations. In 2012-3, he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.