People

Faculty

Joshua Roth, Archeologist in the field
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.

413-538-2954
119 Porter Hall
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Tuesday/Wednesday's 2:45-3:45pm
Chair, Professor of Sociology
413-538-2804
114B Porter Hall
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Felicity Aulino

Five College Professor of Anthropology
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Porter Hall 114A
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Elif Babul, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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.

413-538-2978
125 Porter Hall
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Associate Professor of Sociology

Patricia Ann Banks is a sociologist of culture who studies art patronage and the art market. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class (Routledge 2010) she traverses the New York and Atlanta art worlds to uncover how black identities are cultivated through black art patronage. Her current research addresses topics such as the market for contemporary African art, e-commerce in the art market, and patronage at African American museums.

413-538-2324
103 Porter Hall
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Monday 12:20-1:00pm

William Gerard

Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology
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Five College Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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.

413-538-2977
114A Porter Hall
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Professor of Anthropology on the Ford Foundation
413-538-2184
303 Shattuck Hall
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Wednesday 1:45-4:45pm
Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology
413-538-2108
117 Porter Hall
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Mathew C Watson

Assistant 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.

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Porter 124
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Staff

Michelle Pietras

Academic Department Coordinator
413-538-2283
102 Porter Hall
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Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Emeriti

Debbora Battaglia

Professor Emerita of Anthropology
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