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Faculty

Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr.

Helen P. Bibbero Professor of Sociology; Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Kenneth Tucker’s teaching and research interests include sociological theory, historical sociology, social movements, social inequality, and contemporary media.  He is the author of five books, most recently Workers of the World Enjoy! (2010), and many articles, including The Political is Personal, Expressive, Aesthetic, and Networked: Contemporary American Languages of the Self from Trump to Black Lives Matter (2017).  His current research focuses on the creation of a distinctive upper class culture in late nineteenth century New England and an exploration of the rise and cultural significance of contemporary populism, in particular the appeal of Donald Trump.

Kenneth H. Tucker

Felicity Aulino

Five College Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Felicity Aulino is a medical anthropologist trained in public health education and ethnographic filmmaking, with primary area specialization in Thailand and a research focus on care, moral practice, and social change. In her book Rituals of Care: Karmic Politics in an Aging Thailand (2019, Cornell University Press), she explores habituated practices of providing for others, along with the transformative potential of such acts. She is currently writing about belief, local theory of mind, and extraordinary experiences, spiritual and otherwise. Come talk to her about Culture, Health, and Science certificates, anthropology in the Valley, or anything at all!

 Felicity Aulino

Elif Babül

Associate Professor of Anthropology; on leave Spring 2022

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.

Elif Babul, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

William Girard

Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology

William Girard is a cultural anthropologist who is interested in the ongoing ways that religion shapes critical aspects of social life such as politics, economics, race/ethnicity, and nationalism. His ethnographic research has largely taken place with Pentecostal Christians in a small Honduran town where he lived off and on over the course of a decade. He has published articles on this community’s support for the 2009 Honduran coup as well as their efforts towards economic development. Girard teaches courses on secularism, race and religion, and the anthropology of Latin America.

Victoria Nguyen

Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology

Victoria Nguyen is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in sustainable design, globalization and transnational processes, human-non-human relations, environmental justice and race. Her current book project, Urban Interrupted, reveals how the category of the “un-urban” is shifting traditional urban-rural distinctions with profound consequences for both urban citizenship and human-environment relations in contemporary China. Nguyen’s latest research tracks the emerald ash borer, mobilizing the beetle to examine the intimate entanglements of invasive species, city planning, and state sovereignty. 

Joshua Hotaka Roth

Professor of Anthropology

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.

Joshua Hotaka Roth

Pamela Stone

Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology

Pamela Stone is a biocultural anthropologist, trained as a bioarchaeologist, whose research focuses on the intersections of biology and culture to illuminate patterns of morbidity and mortality using skeletal, archaeological, cultural, and ethnographic data, to understand lived experiences in the past and present. Her work has focused on how female reproductive bodies are measured, managed, and thought to be disadvantaged because they give birth, lactate, and participate in devalued labor. She is also deeply interested in the ways science simultaneously reinforces and is molded by prejudice, and how this becomes an invisible and influential framework in universalizing ideas of “normal bodies.” 

Pamela Stone

Sabra Thorner

Assistant Professor of Anthropology; on leave Fall 2021

Sabra Thorner is a cultural anthropologist who has worked with Indigenous Australians for over 15 years, focusing on photography, digital media and archiving as forms of cultural production and social activism. She is broadly interested in visual/media anthropology, digital cultures, anthropology in/of museums, Indigenous Australia and Indigenous art/media worlds, intellectual property and cultural heritage regimes, ethnographic and documentary film, and art and society. She is currently working on her first monograph, on Indigenous photography in Australia, as well as a collaborative edited collection on the revitalization of Aboriginal arts in southeastern Australia.

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Matthew C. Watson

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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.

Matthew C. Watson

Staff

Michelle Pietras

Academic Department Coordinator

Michelle Pietras is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.  Michelle manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, and events, and is located in Porter Hall, Room 102.

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