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. 

E. Summerson Carr

(PhD, University of Michigan, 2004; Associate Professor; joint appointment with School of Social Service Administration; associated faculty with Comparative Human Development and Gender Studies) Knowledge production and dissemination; scale; complex institutions; professional culture and practice; training and apprenticeship; therapeutic interventions and institutions; animal-human interaction; addiction and its treatment; American Pragmatism; United States. 

  • Office: Haskell 125 and SSA BE-5A
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Julie Y. Chu

(PhD, NYU, 2004; Associate Professor; associated faculty in the Divinity School) Sociocultural anthropology; globalization and transnational processes; mobility and migration; economy and value; ritual life; material culture; media and technology; state regulatory regimes; China.

Elisabeth S. Clemens, Department Chair

William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College

(Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1990; the role of social movements and organizational innovation in political change)


Shannon Lee Dawdy

(PhD, University of Michigan, 2003; Professor) Transdisciplinary anthropology; archaeology of the contemporary; historical anthropology; cities; colonialism and capitalism; informal economies; sex; death; disaster; temporality; utopia; filmmaking; the Americas. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

Michael Dietler

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

  • Office: Haskell 131
  • Phone: (773) 702-7150
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  • Office hours: On Zoom, Mondays 1-3 pm or by appointment

Michael Fisch

(PhD, Columbia, 2008; Associate Professor) Technology/nature/culture; cybernetic ontologies; infrastructure and design; Japan anthropology; biomimicry; experimental ecologies; urban theory.

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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.

  • Office: Haskell 237
  • Phone: (773) 702-2551
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  • Office hours: by appointment

Ryan Cecil Jobson

(PhD, Yale, 2017; Neubauer Family Assistant Professor) Energy; oil and gas; infrastructure; sovereignty; race; capital; historical anthropology; epistemology; Caribbean; the Americas. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

John D. Kelly

(PhD, University of Chicago, 1988; Christian W. Mackauer Professor) Social theory; capitalism; nation and decolonization; anthropology of knowledge; semiotic technologies; Fiji, India.

Karin D. Knorr Cetina

(PhD, University of Vienna, 1971; Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor; Joint appointment 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, Department of Anthropology, Committee on Southern Asian Studies, Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization) Archaeology and ethnohistory; preindustrial urbanism; development of agricultural systems; human environment interactions; anthropology of development; Andes, Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia. (On leave for the Autumn 2023 and Spring 2024 academic quarters.)

Darryl Li

(PhD, Harvard, 2012; JD, Yale, 2009; Associate Professor; Associate Member, Law School) Law; war; empire and colonialism; race; mobility; migration; carcerality; universalism; region-formation; sovereignty; violence; security; humanitarianism; human rights; Middle East, South Asia, Balkans. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

Joseph P. Masco

(PhD, UC San Diego, 1999; Professor of the Department of Anthropology) Science studies; critical theory; mass media; ecology; US, North America. 

  • Office: Haskell 201
  • Phone: (773) 834-7807
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William T. S. Mazzarella

(PhD, UC Berkeley, 2000; Neukom Family Professor) Politics and publicity; crowds and publics; critical theory; affect and aesthetics; psychoanalysis; ritual and performance; the occult shadow of the modern; India. (On leave for the Winter and Spring 2024 academic quarters.)

Teresa Montoya

(PhD, New York University, 2019; Assistant Professor) Sociocultural anthropology; Native and Indigenous studies; sovereignty and jurisdiction; settler colonialism; environment; water governance; Navajo Nation; Indigenous media.

Constantine V. Nakassis

(PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2010; Professor; Resource Faculty in Cinema and Media Studies; Faculty Associate in Comparative Human Development; Core Faculty, Committee on International Relations; Faculty, Digital Studies) Linguistic anthropology; semiotics; film theory; mass media; trademark law, brands, counterfeiting; youth culture; Tamil Nadu; South Asia. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

Sarah Newman

(PhD, Brown, 2015; Assistant Professor) Archaeology and ethnohistory; waste, refuse, and reuse; zooarchaeology; human-animal relationships; landscape archaeology; human-environment interactions; Mesoamerica. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

Natacha Nsabimana

(PhD, Columbia, 2017; Assistant Professor) Socio-cultural anthropology; law and subjectivity; postcolonial critique; violence and temporality; African history and politics. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

  • Office: Haskell 331
  • Phone: (773) 834-5693
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Stephan Palmié, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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

François G. Richard, Director of Graduate Studies

(PhD, Syracuse University, 2007; Associate Professor of Anthropology, Romance Languages & Literatures, and of the Social Sciences in the College) Historical anthropology/archaeology; capitalism & political economy; politics; space & landscapes; materiality; temporality; rural communities; race; Frenchness; social theory; colonialism and postcolonialism; West Africa and Atlantic World; Mexico; France.

Kamala Russell

(PhD UC Berkeley 2021; Assistant Professor) Interaction; spatiality and co-presence; ethics; Islam; the speaking body; family life; 'the Gulf'/al-Khalij; infrastructure; Modern South Arabian (Semitic) languages; language shift; semiotics.

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. 

Kathryn Takabvirwa

(PhD, Stanford, 2018; Assistant Professor) Policing; governance; migration; mobility; post-coloniality; the state in Africa; the politics of representation; conceptions of xenophobia; Southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe and South Africa. (On leave for the 2023-2024 academic year.)

Russell H. Tuttle

(PhD, UC Berkeley, 1965; Professor) Physical anthropology; primatology; hominoid evolution; human anatomy; paleoanthropology; history of physical anthropology; Africa.

Alice Yao

(PhD, University of Michigan, 2008; Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies) Archaeology; complex societies; imperialism; cross cultural interactions; China, mainland Southeast Asia.