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Topical Foci

The Department of Anthropology faculty carry out research with many questions in mind. The categories below suggest many of their current research interests and expertise.

Analytical Methods & Ethics

Archaeology

Linguistic Anthropology

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Anthropology of Organizations

Archaeology

 

Socio-Cultural

 

Art, Aesthetics & Museums

Archaeology

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

(Post) Colonialism, Settler Societies, & Subaltern Identities

Archaeology

  • Jeffrey Hantman (indigenous Native American ideas of land, identity, history, power in relation to post/colonial culture, agency)
  • Adria Laviolette (Swahili Coast)

Socio-Cultural

  • Ravindra Khare (India/West, colonialism, globalization, subaltern voices and representations)

 

Cultural and Linguistic Property & Preservation and Ethics

Archaeology

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural


Digital Projects

Archaeology

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

Discourse Analysis,  Oral Literature, Narrative & Memory

Archaeology

  • Jeffrey Hantman (post/colonial state policy & official histories and commemorative events and their effects on Native Americans, erasure of names, territories, identities, authenticity)
  • Adria Laviolette (Islamic)

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

Ecology, Environment & Climate

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

  • Frederick Damon (Melanesia & the Asias, and the modern world)
  • Kath Weston (political ecology, water politics, Andaman/Nicobar disaster)

Food

Socio-Cultural

Globalization & Development

Socio-Cultural

 

Hierarchy, Power & Violence

Archaeology

Socio-Cultural

Historical Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics

Linguistic Anthropology

  • Eve Danziger (historical linguistics, stylistic change in language and archaeology, Mayan linguistic prehistory)

Socio-Cultural

 

History of Anthropology & Anthropological Knowledge

Archaeology

  • Stephen Plog (role of museums in history of the discipline, archives, late 19thc. archaeology)

Linguistic Anthropology

  • Lise Dobrin (Mead, Fortune, creation of culture in research encounter, ethics)

Socio-Cultural

  • Ira Bashkow (Schneider, Mead, Fortune, how constructed relations with local people, exchange, epistemological issues, how build in role of informants into anthropological encounters)
  • Richard Handler (Anthropological theory, anthropology as cultural criticism relating to applied anthropology)
  • Ravindra Khare (Dumont, McKim Marriott, Milton Singer, MN Srinivas, Mary Douglas...view and from the field, India/West)
  • Susan McKinnon (history of kinship studies, Morgan, Maine, Levi-Strauss, Evans-Pritchard, evolutionary psychology)
  • George Mentore
  • Kath Weston (Radcliffe-Brown, Andaman/Nicobars)

Journals

Archaeology

Socio-Cultural

 

Kinship, Family, Marriage, & Gender

Linguistic Anthropology

  • Eve Danziger (kinship vocabulary, historical linguistics of Maya kin terms, kinship and spatial positioning of person)

Socio-Cultural

  • Allison Alexy (intimacy, divorce, gender, kinship and citizenship/nation-state)
  • Frederick Damon (alliance and production)
  • Susan McKinnon (kinship theory as cultural artifact, marriage, exchange, hierarchy, nation and kinship, new reproductive technologies, kinship and corporations)
  • John Shepherd (marriage, mortality, fertility, Chinese marriage, family, community history)
  • Roy Wagner (kinship theory, matriliny)
  • Kath Weston (circulation/generation in finance/kinship, kinship and sexuality)

 

Knowlege, Empathy, Ethnographic Writing & Ethics

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

Language, Cognition & Classification

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

 

Language Ideology

Linguistic Anthropology

  • Eve Danziger (truth, lies, intention, sincerity, authenticity, fakery, attitudes about reality)
 

Legal Anthropology & Culture and (Trans)National Law

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

  • Allison Alexy (kinship and citizenship, transnational legal conflicts)
 

Medicine & Science and Technology

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

  • Frederick Damon (technology, time, culture)
  • Gertrude Fraser (prostate, info, risk, numeracy)
  • Susan McKinnon (science studies, new reproductive technologies, critique of evolutionary psychology)
  • John Shepherd (mortality, disease, epidemiology, colonialism and public health, premodern mortality)
  • Kath Weston (surveillance/transparency, Asian technoscience)
 

Nation (State), Citizenship & Transnationalism

Archaeology

Socio-Cultural

Political Economy: Property and Exchange & Corporations

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural

  • Ira Bashkow (land ownership, privatization, reform, language of exchange, corporate ownership)
  • Frederick Damon (exchange and production systems, historical ecology, environment and climate)
  • Susan McKinnon (kinship, marriage, property, family corporations, hierarchy and exchange)
  • Peter Metcalf (regional systems, Southeast Asia)
  • Kath Weston (capitalism, anthropology of finance, rethinking magic of finance)

Race, Ethnicity & Identity

Socio-Cultural

 

Religion

Archaeology

Linguistic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural


 

Symbolic Anthropology

Socio-Cultural