Debbora Battaglia

Professor of Anthropology

Cultural identities and differences, social memory and forgetting, expressive culture, science/religion/media networks, gender politics and poetics, Melanesia, North American public culture, cyber-locales, alienness and belonging, world-making in out-of-the-way places, technoscientific imaginaries, visual culture in the material world

Debbora Battaglia is the author of On the Bones of the Serpent: Person, Memory, and Mortality in Sabarl Island Society (University of Chicago Press) and the editor of Rhetorics of Self-Making (University of California Press), and of E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces (Duke University Press). She is currently working on Seriously at Home in 'Zero Gravity': Essays from Outer Space. She has also published numerous scholarly articles, including "Multiplicities: An Anthropologist's Thoughts on Replicants and Clones in Popular Films," in the journal Critical Inquiry, and "Toward an Ethics of the Open Subject: Writing Culture 'In Good Conscience'," in Henrietta Moore, ed. Anthropological Theory Today(Cambridge: Polity Press).

Professor Battaglia, who received her doctorate from Cambridge University in the field of social anthropology, teaches courses in cultural identities and differences, discourses of the sacred, visualizing culture, peoples of the South Pacific, and introductory anthropology.

She has conducted anthropological fieldwork in the islands off the New Guinea coast and urban fieldwork in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She has also worked in Quebec Province, the East Coast of the U.S., and on the Internet with a new religious movement focusing on faith-based science.

Her honors include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. In 2010, Battaglia was awarded the Five College 40th Anniversary Professorship. 

A frequent presenter and keynote speaker at national and international conferences and academic institutions, she has served as a member of the editorial board of American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Material Culture, and Anthropological Quarterly. She has also served on National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship panels.

In addition to teaching at Mount Holyoke, she has taught courses at the University of East Anglia and Stanford University.

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