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Sociocultural Anthropology

Richard N. Adams


Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Interests: Latin America, especially Central America; anthropology theory, energy and evolution

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Kamran Asdar Ali

Professor |
471-7531 |
WCP 5.126

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Gender, sexuality, health, political economy, post-colonialism, labor history, popular culture; Middle East, South Asia

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James Brow

Professor Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of Washington

Interests: Social anthropology of South Asia, especially Sri Lanka; agrarian change, economic development, colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, globalization.

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Craig Campbell

Associate Professor |
(512) 232-4342 |
WCP 4.122

Education: Ph.D., University of Alberta

Interests: Visual/intermedia/sensory ethnography, Soviet culture, Evenki peoples, travel and mobility, cultural history, archives, photography; Siberia

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Paola Canova

(on leave)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) |
(512) 471-2762 |
WCP 5.144

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests: Gender and sexuality, indigeneity, ethics, political ecology; Latin America, Paraguay

Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar

Assistant Professor |
471-0061 |
WCP 5.120

Education: Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa

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Jason Cons

Associate Professor |
(512) 232-3832 |
WCP 5.138

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Borders, security, climate change, agrarian change, development, political ecology, South Asia, Bangladesh

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J. Brent Crosson

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies |
BUR 514

Education: Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz

Interests: Anthropology of religion and secularity, anthropology of science, Caribbean and Latin American studies, African diasporas, South Asian diasporas, Atlantic modernities, anthropology of/and race, anthropology of energy, colonial regulation of religion

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Robert A. Fernea


Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Cultural anthropology, ethnography, gender studies, peasant societies; Arab world, Middle East

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Richard R. Flores

Senior Associate Dean For Academic Affairs; Professor |
(512) 471-9209 |
GEB 3.210

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Folklore and expressive culture of Greater Mexico; anthropology of symbols; anthropology

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Courtney Handman

Department Associate Chair; Associate Professor |
512-471-0059 |
WCP 4.124

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Linguistic anthropology, the anthropology of Christianity, translation, religion and media, circulation, infrastructures, decolonization, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific

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John Hartigan

Director of Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies; Professor; Faculty Graduate Advisor for Cultural Forms |
(512) 232-9201 |
WCP 4.158

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: Multispecies ethnography (wild horses in Spain); anthropology of science (botany & plant genomics in Mexico and Spain); bullfighting in Peru, Colombia & Mexico; ethnography of race (theories, methods, and practice, with an attention to cultural articulations of whiteness)

Hi'ilei Hobart

Assistant Professor |
(512) 232-6332 |
WCP 5.136

Education: PhD, Food Studies, New York University

Interests: Food, Temperature, Settler Colonialism, Embodiment, Aesthetics, Indigeneity, Hawaiʻi, Everyday Life

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Ward Keeler

Professor |
(512) 471-8520 |
WCP 4.128

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Anthropology and expressive culture (performing arts and literature); hierarchy; gender; Buddhism; Indonesia and Burma

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Martha Menchaca

Professor |
(512) 471-7537 |
WCP 5.158

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Social anthropology, ethnicity, gender, oral history/oral traditions, legal anthropology, immigration, Chicano studies: US/Mexican culture, Latin America.

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Sofian Merabet

Associate Professor |
(512) 471-0057 |
WCP 5.156

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests: Socio-Cultural Theory/Urban Studies/Gender Studies/Queer Theory/Muslim World, Europe, South America

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Chelsi West Ohueri


Education: Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

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Robert M Oppenheim

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies |
(512) 471-7279 |
WCH 5.134

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Korean culture and history, objects/space/place, history of anthropology

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Marina Peterson

Associate Professor |
(512) 471-0054 |
WCP 5.148

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Sound, cities, sensory ethnography, materialities, infrastructure; US (Los Angeles, Appalachian Ohio)

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Suzanne Seriff

Senior Lecturer |
(512) 471-0816 |
WCP 4.126

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: issues of museum representation, public folklore and folklife, Jewish museums and material multure, folk arts and social change, public culture; global folk arts,

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Christen Smith, PhD

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology |
(512) 232-6332 |
GWB 3.112

Interests: Blackness, performance, racial formation, violence, Black women and transnational struggle, Black liberation and resistance in the Americas (particularly Brazil and the United States)

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Kathleen C. Stewart

Professor |
(512) 471-8521 |
RLP 4.408

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests: Affect, experimental ethnographic writing, non-representational theory, post-phenomenology, new materialisms, worldings, place; United States, New England.

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Pauline Strong

Professor of Anthropology and Women's & Gender Studies; Director of the Humanities Institute; Undergraduate Advisor |
(512) 471-8524 |
RLP 4.404, WCP 4.136

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Cultural, historical, feminist anthropology. Identity and difference. Politics of representation. Public culture. Youth organizations. Museum studies. Public humanities. Medical humanities. US, Indigenous North America.

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Circe Sturm

Professor |
(512) 232-1561 |
WCP 5.122

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Interests: Race, sovereignty, and citizenship; comparative colonialisms; race and indigeneity; dominance, resistance, and subjectivity; Native North America, Central America, and Europe

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John W. Traphagan

Professor |
(512) 232-0874 |
BUR 520

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests: Astrobiology | Japanese religion & society | ritual | medical anthropology | science, technology, and culture | ruralities and eneurship in Japan