Anthropology in the World News
Obama picks Gina McCarthy to lead EPA
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, MNN.COM
(excerpt from the website)
• She's a pragmatist with an anthropology degree.
McCarthy majored in social anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1976, a decision that wouldn't seem to put her on track to become EPA administrator 37 years later. But she also got a joint master's degree from Tufts University in environmental health engineering and planning and policy, and those who know her say her natural pragmatism makes her well-suited to lead the EPA. "I think she is sensitive to business concerns but recognizes the need to push companies to the next level of environmental protection," Daniel Esty, her successor at the Connecticut DEP, tells ClimateWire. "She had a reputation for being pragmatic and highly engaged on the substance of the issues."