Bread & Wheat

Barnes, J. 2023 Nurseries of the Revolution: International Seed Trials and the Transformation of Staple Food Crops. Journal of Peasant Studies,

Barnes, J. and Taher, M. 2023 Walking with Bread in Cairo: Ethnographic Collaboration Between a Researcher and a Research Assistant. Ethnography, 5

Barnes, J. and Taher, M. 2019 Care and Conveyance: Buying Baladi Bread in Cairo. Cultural Anthropology, 34(3): 417-443.

Barnes, J. 2019 Gluten. In Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon. Howe, C. and Pandian, A. (eds). Goleta: Punctum Books.  

Barnes, J. 2016 Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: The Social Worlds of Wheat. Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 7: 89-106.


Randle, S. and Barnes, J. 2018 Liquid Futures: Water Management Systems and Anticipated Environments. WIREs Water, 5. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1274

Barnes, J. 2017 States of Maintenance: Power, Politics, and Egypt’s Irrigation Infrastructure. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 35(1): 146-164.

Barnes, J. 2014 Mixing Waters: The Reuse of Agricultural Drainage Water in Egypt. Geoforum, 57: 181-191.

Barnes, J. 2013 Water, Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink: The False Promise of Virtual Water. Critique of Anthropology, 33(4): 369-387. (Winner of the 2013 Junior Scholar Award, Anthropology & Environment Society, American Anthropological Association.)

Barnes, J. 2012 Pumping Possibility: Agricultural Expansion through Desert Reclamation in Egypt. Social Studies of Science, 42(4): 517-538.

Barnes, J. and Alatout, S. 2012 Water Worlds: Introduction to the Special Issue of Social Studies of ScienceSocial Studies of Science, 42(4): 483-488.

Barnes, J. 2009 Managing the Waters of Bacth Country: The Power and Politics of Syria’s Water Scarcity. Geopolitics, 14(3): 510-530.

Climate Change

Barnes, J. 2022 Absences: Thematic Exclusions at a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference. Hot Spots, Fieldsights, Cultural Anthropology Website, June 23. 

Barnes, J. 2017 The Future of the Nile: Climate Change, Land Use, Infrastructure Management, and Treaty Negotiations in a Transboundary River. WIREs Climate Change, 8. doi:10.1002/wcc.449.

Barnes, J. 2018 Overstating Climate Change in Egypt’s Uprising. Middle East Report Online, October 11.

Barnes, J. 2016 Uncertainty in the Signal: Modeling Egypt’s Water Futures. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22(S1): 46-66.

Mathews, A. and Barnes, J. 2016 Prognosis: Visions of Environmental Futures. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22 (S1): 9-26.

Barnes, J., Dove, M., Lahsen, M., Mathews, A., McElwee, P., McIntosh, R., Moore, F., O’Reilly, J., Orlove, B., Puri, R., Weiss, H., and Yager, K. 2013 Anthropology’s Contribution to the Study of Climate Change. Nature Climate Change, 3: 541-544

The Middle East

Babül, E., Davis, M., Barnes, J. and Lubin, A. 2021. Racial Formations in the Middle East. Middle East Report, 299.

Barnes, J. 2020 Water in the Middle East: A PrimerMiddle East Research and Information Project.5

Barnes, J., Davis, M. and Stamatopoulou-Robbins, S. 2020. Nature and Politics. Middle East Report, 296.

Farmer, T. and Barnes, J. 2018 Environment and Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Introduction. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 50(3): 375-382.