Douglas Rogers is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in political and economic anthropology; natural resources (especially oil) and energy; the anthropology of religion and ethics; cultural production; historical anthropology; and socialist societies and their postsocialist trajectories. He has done archival and ethnographic research in Russia since 1994, often in collaboration with scholars from Moscow State University, Perm State University, and the Perm Regional Museums.

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. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2007, Rogers taught at Miami University of Ohio and was a Kennan Institute fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research, and other organizations. In 2012-3, he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.