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Natalia Magnani, BA

Natalia Magnani, BA

PhD Candidate

Natalia studies learning, memory, and indigeneity in northern Finland.


Natalia is pursuing a PhD in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her background in cultural psychology informs current anthropological study of how individuals seek to reconnect with the past in the present.


  • B.A. in Psychology [concentrations Global Studies, French, and Evolutionary Studies] Binghamton University (2012)


Memory and Embodiment, Craftsmanship, Indigenous Revival


(2016) Magnani, N. Reconstructing Food Ways: Role of Skolt Sami Cultural Revitalization Programs in Local Plant Use. Journal of Ethnobiology, 36(1), 85-104.

Conference papers

  • (2016) Magnani, N, Magnani M. Reconstructing a Skolt Sami Boat: Cultural Capital and Repurposing Museum Collections in Indigenous Communities. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting.
  • (2015) Magnani, M., Magnani, N. Experimental Archaeology as Cultural Revitalization: Historic Watercraft Production in Finnish Lapland. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
  • (2014) Magnani, N. Skolt Sami Healing Practices in a Transforming Landscape. Paper presented at the Botanical Ontologies Conference, Oxford University.

Invited talks

  • (2015) Current Research in Anthropology, Learning and Fieldwork in Finnish Lapland, Harvard University

Organized conferences

  • (2014) People and Plants Conference, University of Cambridge, Co-organizer and discussant at ethnobotanical conference


Supervisions at Cambridge University (organizing and leading course seminars):

  • (2016) Space and Place: Livelihood, Survival, and Symbolism
  • (2015) Understanding Cultural Geographies

Other teaching experience:

  • (2013) Qualitative Methods in Health Research Masterclass, Lecturer, Cambridge University
  • (2012) General Psychology, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University