Faculty

Hussein Ali Agrama

(PhD Johns Hopkins 2005; Associate Professor; associated faculty in the Divinity School) Anthropology of religion; Islam; law; colonial power; Middle East, Egypt.

P. Sean Brotherton

(PhD McGill University 2004; Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies) Anthropology of medicine, science, technology, and the body; social theory; subjectivity and health; humanitarianism; postcoloniality; governmentality; statecraft; theories of post-/socialism; psychoanalysis/psychological anthropology; Latin America and the Caribbean.

Julie Y. Chu

(PhD, NYU, 2004; Associate Professor) Sociocultural anthropology; globalization and transnational processes; mobility and migration; economy and value; ritual life; material culture; media and technology; state regulatory regimes; China. (On leave autumn 2017 and winter 2018 quarters).

Shannon Lee Dawdy

(PhD U Michigan 2003; Professor) Transdisciplinary anthropology; archaeology of the contemporary; crime and informal economies; gender/sexuality; cities; thing theory; colonialism and capitalism; death; disaster; temporality; documentary film; North America; Mexico; circum-Caribbean; 18th century to the present.

Michael Dietler

(PhD UC Berkeley 1990; Professor; associated faculty in Classics; member, Program on the Ancient Mediterranean World) Archaeology and ethnoarchaeology; colonialism and postcoloniality; material culture theory; consumption; food and alcohol; architecture and urban landscapes; economic anthropology; migration and diaspora; memory; identity politics; Celticism; science studies; ethnomusicology; Europe; Africa.

Michael Fisch

(PhD Columbia U 2008; Assistant Professor) Technology/Nature/Culture; Cybernetic Ontologies; Infrastructure and Design; Japan Anthropology; Biomimicry; Experimental Ecologies; Urban theory.

Susan Gal

PhD UC Berkeley 1976; Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor; Director, Center for Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CEERES); (joint appointment with Linguistics); Linguistic anthropology; politics of communication; sociolinguistics; social theory; gender; ethnicity; European studies; postsocialism. (On leave autumn 2017 through spring 2018 quarter).

Ryan Jobson

(PhD Yale 2017; Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2019; Neubauer Family Assistant Professor 2019-) Energy; infrastructure; oil and gas; extractive industries; sovereignty; statecraft; risk; racial capitalism; decolonial theory; history of anthropology; Caribbean; the Americas.

John D. Kelly

(PhD U Chicago 1988; Professor) Social theory; capitalism; nation and decolonization; anthropology of knowledge; semiotic technologies; Fiji; India.

Karin D. Knorr Cetina

(PhD U Vienna 1971; Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor; Chair of the Department of Sociology; joint appt with Sociology) Globalization; cultural studies; economic sociology and anthropology; knowledge; science and information; Europe.

Alan L. Kolata

(PhD Harvard 1978; Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor) Archaeology and ethnohistory; preindustrial urbanism; development of agricultural systems; human environment interactions; anthropology of development; Andes; Mesoamerica; Southeast Asia.

Darryl Li

(PhD Harvard 2012; JD Yale 2009; Assistant Professor of Anthropology) Law; war; empire and colonialism; race; mobility; migration; carcerality; universalism; region-formation; sovereignty; violence; security; humanitarianism; human rights; Middle East; South Asia; Balkans.

Joseph P. Masco

(PhD UC San Diego 1999;  Professor; Member, Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science) Science and technology studies; anthropology of security; critical theory; mass media; political ecology; US, North America. (On leave winter 2018 through autumn 2018 quarter).

William T.S. Mazzarella

(PhD UC Berkeley 2000; Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology) Cultural politics of globalization, mass media, public culture and publicity; critical theory; affect and aesthetics; post-coloniality; South Asia.

Constantine V. Nakassis

(PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2010; Assistant Professor) linguistic and cultural anthropology; semiotics; mass media and film theory; trademark law, brands, and counterfeiting; youth culture; India. 

Stephan Palmié

(D.Phil U Munich 1989, Habilitation U Munich 1999; Professor) Sociocultural anthropology; Cuba; Afro-Caribbean religions; forms of historical consciousness; constructions of race and ethnicity; embodiment and personhood; food and cuisine; science and rationality.

François G. Richard

(PhD, Syracuse University, 2007) Associate Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College, specializes in the study of Historical anthropology/archaeology of West Africa and Atlantic World; Political landscapes; Political economy; Materiality; Temporality; Rural communities; Colonialism and postcoloniality; Material culture analysis; Survey methodology; Politics of archaeology.

Justin B. Richland

(PhD UCLA 2004, JD UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law 1996; Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies) Sociocultural/Linguistic anthropology; legal discourse analysis and semiotics; anthropology of law; contemporary Native American law and politics; Hopi. 

Michael Silverstein

(PhD Harvard 1972; Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor; joint appointment with Linguistics, Psychology & Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities) Language; semiotics of communication; culture and cognition; North America; Australia.

Kaushik Sunder Rajan

(PhD MIT 2002; Professor; Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory) Biotechnology; capitalism; comparative ethnography; genomics; globalization; nation-state; political economy; post-colonialism; science and technology studies; subjectivity; India.

Russell H. Tuttle

(PhD UC Berkeley 1965; Professor) Physical anthropology; primatology; hominoid evolution; human anatomy; paleoanthropology; history of physical anthropology; Africa. (On leave autumn 2017 through spring 2018 quarter).

Mareike Winchell

(PhD UC Berkeley 2015; Assistant Professor) Sociocultural anthropology; indigeneity; governance; servitude and citizenship; the ethics of exchange; historical consciousness; embodiment; political subjectivity, bureaucracy and its mediatory technologies; environmental reform; materiality and place; critical theory; Latin America.

Alice Yao

(PhD U Michigan 2008; Associate Professor) Archaeology; complex societies; imperialism; cross cultural interactions; China; mainland Southeast Asia.