• Casper Bendixsen Ph.D.

  • Associate Research Scientist


    • National Farm Medicine Center
    • 1000 North Oak Ave. ML1 Marshfield, WI 54449

Education


2007 to 2014:
Ph.D., Social-Cultural Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX
2007 to 2011:
M.A., Social-Cultural Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX
2007 to 2011:
Graduate Certificate, Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University, Houston, TX
2005 to 2007:
B.S., Anthropology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
2005 to 2007:
B.S., Philosophy, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
2005 to 2007:
Bachelors Certificate, Honors Program, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
2005 to 2005:
Certificate/License, Emergency Medical Technician - Basic, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho Falls, ID
2005 to 2005:
Idaho State University, Idaho Falls, ID
2003 to 2004:
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Work Experience


2013 to Present:
Associate Research Scientist, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, WI
2011 to 2014:
Instructor, Rice University, Houston, TX
2000 to 2010:
Cowboy, Horse Trainer, Wrangler, Irrigator, X Lazy J Farm and Ranch, Idaho Falls, ID
2005 to 2007:
Resident Firefighter/EMT-B, Moscow Fire Department, Moscow, ID
2005 to 2007:
Equine Caretaker, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Statement


I am a social-cultural anthropologist with an extensive background working with, living within, and researching agricultural and rural communities in the U.S. My current work focuses on translating the knowledge of agricultural health and safety in order to promote volunteer adoption by farm and ranch communities - reducing injuries, illness, and fatalities among farmers, farm workers, and farm families. Communities of particular interest to me include: beginning/young farmers and ranchers, rural firefighter/EMT's, and minority and niche farm groups. Additionally, I remain engaged in conversations regarding agrarian ethics, traditionalist and working class attitudes, and rural imaginaries - always trying to apply an anthropological perspective in order to improve the human condition.
The majority of my funding comes from the CDC - National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institutes of Health, and Marshfield Clinic donors.
My work would not be possible without the generosity of research participants, their time being a most precious commodity.


Research Interests


Topics: Agricultural health and safety; translational research; ethics; risk; rodeo and ranching; ethics; pastoralism; traditionalism; rurality; masculinities; rhetoric and poetics; representation; creative/interdisciplinary ethnography; senses of place; landscapes as cultural resources; sustainable technologies, energies and cultures; working-class imaginations and intellectualism; American studies; critical regionalism; US West history and literature
Areas: US, Canada, Spain, Guatemala

Select Publications


  • Bendixsen CG. The Entanglements of Agrarian Ethics With Agrarian Risks and Leveraging Them in Agricultural Health Safety. J Agromedicine. 2017;22(1):17-25.
    PubMed ID: 27749196
  • Barnes KL, Bendixsen CG. "When This Breaks Down, It's Black Gold": Race and Gender in Agricultural Health and Safety. J Agromedicine. 2017;22(1):56-65.
    PubMed ID: 27782783
  • Lee BC, Bendixsen C, Liebman AK, Gallagher SS. Using the socio-ecological model to frame agricultural safety and health interventions. J Agromedicine. 2017 Aug 1;
    PubMed ID: 28762886
  • Besterman-Dahan K, Chavez M, Bendixsen C, Dillahunt-Aspillaga C. Community Reintegration of Transitioning Veterans: An Overview of Agricultural Initiatives. In: Townsend M, Veterans: Political, Social and Health Issues. New York, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016
  • Bendixsen CG. "#YallQaeda and #YeeHawd: A Ranchers’ Rebellion in the Age of Terrorism". Cultural Anthropology. 2016 Jan 5;
  • Bendixsen CG. Harvests and Cultivation: the Roles and Futures of Anthropology in Agricultural Health and Safety. Practicing Anthropology. 2016 Sep;38(4)
  • Weichelt B, Bendixsen CG, Salzwedel M, Lee B. Community-Based Agriculture: Safety Guidelines for Youth Working in Gardens. Marshfield, WI, Marshfield Clinic, 2015
  • Bendixsen CG. Review of Helo, Ari. Thomas Jefferson’s Ethics and the Politics of Human Progress: The Morality of a Slaveholder. American Studies Journal. 2015 Aug;54(2):8-9.
  • Bendixsen CG. Review of Durrenberger, Paul. American Fieldnotes: Collected Essays of an Existential Anthropologist. North American Dialogue. 2015 Apr;18(1):32-3.
  • Bendixsen CG. Pastoralist Ethics and the Spirit of Traditionalism: Livestock, Land, and Kin in the US West. Houston, TX, Rice University, 2014
  • Bendixsen CG. Individualism. In: Danver SL, Encyclopedia of Politics in the American West. Washington D.C. and San Marcos, CA, CQ Press and Mesa Verde Publishing, 2013
  • Bendixsen CG. Exceptionalism. In: Danver SL, Encyclopedia of Politics in the American West. Washington D.C. and San Marcos, CA, CQ Press and Mesa Verde Publishing, 2013
  • Bendixsen CG. Plaza del Toros. [Internet]. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Available from: http://sports.espn.go.com/rodeo. 2013 Sep;
  • Bendixsen CG. Making History. [Internet]. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Available from: http://sports.espn.go.com/rodeo. 2013;
  • Bendixsen CG. Review of Liu, Morgan Y. Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh. The Social Science Journal. 2012 Dec;49(4):561-2.