Renzo Taddei is the co-founder and director of the CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Methods. Under Lambros Comitas’ supervision, he earned his doctoral degree in anthropology from Columbia University in 2005, with a dissertation on traditional environmental knowledge in rural Northeast Brazil and its relationship with scientific meteorology. The doctoral dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft Prize, awarded by Columbia University. He was a visiting professor at Yale University, Duke University, and the University of the Republic of Uruguay. He is a tenured professor at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he teaches anthropology and science and technology studies.
Dr. Taddei is also a research associate at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, a researcher at the Brazilian National Science and Technology Institute for Climate Change, and integrates one of the standing committees of the World Meteorological Organization. His work has appeared in journals like American Anthropologist, Weather Climate and Society, Climatic Change, Environmental Science and Policy, Latin American Research Review, and Social Semiotics.