My interests within biological anthropology include ethnobiology, the study of humans and their relationships with native flora and fauna, medical anthropology, the study of health belief systems, cultural conservation, the study of region-specific folkways and traditions. Since joining the anthropology faculty at UA-Fayetteville in 2002, I have examined folk medicine in the Ozarks, vernacular lore in the Ouachita Mountains, historic hunting and fishing practices in the Piney Woods, and traditional foodways in the Arkansas Delta. Presently, I am working with communities throughout Cherokee Nation in Northeast Oklahoma on a project designed to safeguard and perpetuate Cherokee language and culture. My fieldwork in the Cherokee Nation also explores the linkages between ecological diversity in the Ozark foothills and the continuity of Cherokee artisanship and expressive traditions. I recently completed an applied study of sustainable tourism throughout Arkansas’ natural regions. View more information on the project.
Ph.D. University of Missouri
2007. Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri’s Little Dixie. Lanham, MD : Rowman and Littlefield.
2017. (with Monika Kujawska, N. David Jiménez-Escobar, and Daniel Arias-Mutis). Cognition, culture and utility: Plant classification by Paraguayan immigrant farmers in Misiones, Argentina. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 13:42.
2016. (with Amie West and Thad Scott). Optical water quality and human perceptions of rivers: an ethnohydrology study. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 2(8).
2014. (with Steve Wolverton and Waquar Ahmed). Ethnobiology, Political Ecology, and Conservation. Journal of Ethnobiology 34(2).
2014. (with Andrea Pieroni). Introduction to Special Issue on Food Security in a Changing World. Journal of Ethnobiology 34(1).
2013. (with William Balée). Freelisting as a Tool for Assessing Cognitive Realities of Landscape Transformation: A Case Study from Amazonia. In Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology, edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
2013. (with Andrea Pieroni). Recollections, Reflections, and Revelations: Ethnobiologists and their "First Time" in the Field. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 9:12.
2013. (with C. Laine Gates and Mary Jo Schneider). The Politics of Traditional Foodways in the Arkansas Delta. In Southern Foodways and Culture, edited by Lisa Lefler. Knoxville, TX: Newfound Press.
Nolan, Justin M. 2011. Piney Woods Traditions at the Crossroads: Barbecue and Regional Identity in South Arkansas and North Louisiana. In The Slaw and the Slow Cooked: Culture and Barbecue in the Mid-South. James R. Veteto and Edward M. Maclin, eds. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Nolan, Justin M. and John Richard Stepp. 2011. The Application of Cognitive Ethnobiology to Environmental Education. In Anthropology of Environmental Education, edited by Helen Kopnina. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Scientific Publishers.
Nolan, Justin M. and Nancy J. Turner. 2011. Ethnobotany: The Study of People-Plant Relationships. In Ethnobiology, edited by E. N. Anderson, Deborah M. Pearsall, Eugene Hunn, and Nancy J. Turner. Wiley-Blackwell (in press).
2009. (with Mary Jo Schneider, Shawna Cain, Roger Cain, Michael C. Robbins, and J. Matthew Reynolds). Cherokee Language Documentation: Revival and Resistance in Northeast Oklahoma. Manuscript in preparation for Human Organization.
2009. (with Nancy J. Turner). Ethnobotany: The Study of People-Plant Relationships. Forthcoming in Ethnobiology: A Student Reader, edited by Eugene Anderson. New York: Wiley Publishers.
2009. (with Laine Gates and Mary Jo Schneider). Traditional Foodways and the Politics of Obesity in the Arkansas Delta. Forthcoming in Foodways in the American South, edited by L. Lefler and H. Altman. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
2008. (with Mary Jo Schneider). Healing in the Hills: Health-Seeking through Recreational Travel in Rural Arkansas’ Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. In Medical Tourism: Perspectives and Specific Country Experiences, edited by J. Bose and B. Sumathi. Hyberadad: Icfai University Press.
2007. (with Michael C. Robbins). Cultural Change in Hunting and Fishing in Missouri and Arkansas. In Cultural Analysis and the Navigation of Complexity, edited by Lisa Brandt. Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield.
2007. (with Mary Jo Schneider). Miracles in the Mountains: Medical Tourism in Arkansas ’ Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. In Reimagining Communities in a Globalizing World, edited by B. Duggan and S. Folman. University of Georgia Press.
2006. Ethnoecology. In The Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. James Birx. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications.
2006. Cultural Conservation. In The Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. James Birx. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications.
2000. (with Gery Ryan and Stanley Yoder). Using Successive Free Lists to Generate Explanatory Models. Field Methods.
2000. (with Michael Robbins). Ethnobotany and Ethnicity in the Ozarks: A Reply to Jones. Human Organization.