This book is dedicated to one of its co-authors, Professor Gwendolyn Gordon, who died at the much too early age of forty-one in December 2021.
Gwen Gordon was appointed as a member of the standing faculty in the Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Professor Gordon was a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, and she received her doctorate in anthropology from Princeton University. Prior to joining Wharton, she worked as a corporate lawyer with Shearman & Sterling in New York and London.
Professor Gordon’s research interests were wide-ranging. Her ethnographic research focused on the cultural norms and contemporary practices of corporate governance and social responsibility. She did long-term fieldwork studying an indigenously owned corporation in New Zealand.
As indicated in her contribution with me here (and she was the lead partner in the writing of it), Gwen believed deeply in the importance of the anthropological study of business, particularly as informed by legal and historical understandings. Gwen also had a keen interest in environmental protection and advanced the important idea of “environmental personhood” in an article in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law (2019).
A gifted writer of fiction as well as nonfiction, she is dearly missed by her many friends, family, and colleagues.
By Eric W. Orts
December 7, 2022
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