Elif Babül’s research is informed by her long-term interests in everyday forms of state power and political authority, formation of governmental subjectivities, constitution and contestation of legality and legitimacy, and the interaction between national and transnational mechanisms of governance. Babül teaches classes in political and legal anthropology, anthropology of human rights, ethnographic research methods and writing, Middle Eastern societies and cultures, and Muslim minorities in Europe and the U.S.
Elizabeth Klarich's research focuses on the site of Pukara, an important regional center located in the southern Peruvian highlands. During the Late Formative Period (500 B.C.- A.D. 400), populations moved to Pukara and built monumental stone constructions, produced technologically sophisticated multi-colored pottery and stone carvings, and intensified agro-pastoral strategies to feed the expanding site. In addition to mapping, excavation, and lab projects at Pukara, Klarich is active in the development of the Museo Litico Pukara, the local site museum located in the adjacent town of Pucará.
Andrew Lass is an intellectual historian with a strong interest in the philosophical implications of linguistic approaches to the study of meaning in anthropology and of the historical and cultural shifts in the sense of place and time. His research and publications have looked at the formations of memory and forgetting in Czech culture and national history. He is currently re-examining the concept of meaning in the work of the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.
Lynn M. Morgan, a medical anthropologist and feminist science studies scholar, has authored and edited three books including most recently Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos(University of California Press, 2009), and over 30 articles. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the School for Advanced Research. She is a founding member of the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS), and Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ). She is currently writing about the backlash against reproductive rights movements in Latin America.
Joshua H. Roth grew up in New York City, the son of two painters. He is the author of Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan (Cornell University Press in 2002), winner of the 2004 Book Award in Social Science from the Association for Asian American Studies. His current project focuses on automobility in Japan, and he has written articles on the history of driving manners, directional tone-deafness, and the shared road in Japan’s urban spaces.
Mathew C. Watson
Matthew C. Watson works at the nexus of the anthropology of science and the history of anthropology. His publications have explored the artistic, spiritual, and scientific bases of Maya hieroglyphic decipherment. This research raises questions concerning spirits and cosmology, language ideology, secularism, empire, the politics of science, and ethnographic form. Watson teaches courses on anthropological theory, linguistic anthropology, science studies, the anthropology of religion, and ethnographic writing.
Debbora Battaglia has presented and published extensively on alterity, belonging, and future-making, most recently at intersections of science and technology, cosmopolitics, ethics, socioaesthetics, and nature/culture. Her books include E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces (Duke UP), Rhetorics of Self-Making, ed. (University of California Press), and On the Bones of the Serpent: Person, Memory, and Mortality in Sabarl Island Society (University of Chicago Press), in addition to special issues and a monograph. Her current project moves into questions concerning interbeing ethics.
Michelle Pietras is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Departments of Sociology & Anthropology. She is located in Porter Hall, Room 102.