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Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
Annette Nierobisz, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College, has been at Carleton since 2000. With research interests broadly situated in the sociology of work and occupations and the sociology of law, Annette’s research highlights the impact of macro-economic forces on individual lives and in the realm of law. Her dissertation, completed at the University of Toronto in 2001, examined how judges decided employment dismissals that were submitted to Canadian courts over a time span that captured the emergence of downsizing practices and two periods of severe economic recession. A current project examines how older workers who have lost their jobs in the Great Recession experience unemployment. In 2006 Annette was invited to be the Senior Researcher at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In this two year appointment she completed projects that examined a number of human rights issues including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, discrimination on the basis of disability, and the discriminatory impact of national security policies. At Carleton Annette teaches courses such as Introductory Sociology; Methods of Social Research; Working Across the Life Course; Myths of Crime; and Girls Gone Bad: Women, Crime and Criminal Justice.
LaToya Beck is a Visiting Lecturer in the African and African American Studies Program & Sociology and Anthropology Department at Carleton College. She is completing her dissertation titled Performing (Racial) Identity in Postcolonial India: Sidis, Blackness, and Diaspora under the supervision of Dr. Percy C. Hintzen in the African Diaspora Studies Program at the University of California-Berkeley. Her dissertation is an ethnographic exploration of the constitution of African Diaspora subjectivity in India. It examines how members of the Sidi community use the performance genre known as Goma and/or Dhamal to negotiate their place within the social fabric of Gujarat, India. Courses taught include: Here, There, and Everywhere: African Diaspora Formations in and Beyond the Atlantic, The Souls of Black Folks: Black Intellectuals on Issues of Identity and Belonging, and Introduction to Anthropology.
Adjunct Instructor in Sociology
Adrienne Falcón, a Visiting Lecturer (University of Chicago, ABD), focuses on urban sociology, sociology of youth and community organizations, environmental sociology and ethnography of Latin America. She has conducted research on a diverse immigrant community in Chicago and on youth and education in Cuba and Ecuador. Her current work focuses on questions of power and social change through community organizing. She teaches courses in introductory sociology, urban sociology and ethnography of Latin America.
Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1990. She has been working on reproductive health care issues in Cameroon since 1980, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as an anthropological researcher. Her research focuses on connections between reproduction and belonging, especially when these go awry through infertility, miscarriage, unsafe abortion, or ethnic stereotyping of fertility. After projects investigating the historical, religious, and political roots of fear of infertility and rumors surrounding medical interventions, her subsequent work addressed rural-to-urban women migrants’ social networks and decisions about fertility, miscarriage care, and abortion within Cameroon. Pamela’s current project investigates ways West African migrants to Europe incorporate childbearing into their negotiation of national, ethnic, and gender identities in a globalizing context. In addition to introductory anthropology, she teaches courses on gender, Africa, health and illness, and the relationship between human and social reproduction.
Jerome ("Jay") Levi, (M.Phil Cambridge, A.B., Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor of Anthropology at Carleton. He teaches and publishes widely on anthropological approaches to the study of ethnicity, religion, economics, and indigenous rights, and has conducted fieldwork with indigenous peoples in Mexico (focusing on the Tzotzil and Tarahumara), the Southwest United States, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Israel, and the West Bank. Over the years, his work on the human rights of indigenous peoples has been presented to the United States Congress, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
Constanza Ocampo-Raeder (BA Grinnell College, Stanford University PhD) is an assistant professor in anthropology that specialized in environmental anthropology. She is particularly interested in how people manage local resources and how these activities impact different environments. More specifically her work aims to uncover cultural rules and behaviors that govern resource management practices as well as trace the impact of global conservation and development policies on these systems. Most of her work focuses in Latin America were she has three ongoing fieldsites in Peru (Amazon, Coast, and an Inter-Andean River Valley). However, she has also worked extensively in different tropical forests and ecosystems around the world (e.g. Belize, Montana, Kenya, Tahiti).
Professor Ocampo-Reader implements a series of qualitative and quantitative methods in her work, some of which are heavily rooted in ecological framework. She teaches a series of courses in environmental anthropology, conservation and development, food and culture, as well as ecological anthropology.
Liz Raleigh (BA Brown University, MA and PhD University of Pennsylvania) is an assistant professor of sociology. Her research interests include race, the family, and transracial adoption. She is currently working on a project that examines how transracial adoption serves as a lens into the demarcation of the American color line. Her work also examines adoption through a market perspective, exploring how 'non-traditional' adoptive parents face more constraints in the adoption marketplace.
As a ‘mixed methods’ scholar, Professor Raleigh routinely analyzes large-scale data sets such as those from the US Census, as well as conducts in-depth interviews with respondents. Liz teaches courses in social statistics, race, the family, and the introduction to sociology. She lives in Northfield with her family.
Nader Saiedi has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 and has taught at Wisconsin, UCLA, University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt. Born in Iran, Nader brings a global perspective and a Middle East background to the department. He is strongly interested in social theory and social philosophy. Nader is also engaged in Baha'i study and advises the department of Integrative Study of Religion in Landegg Academy, Switzerland. In addition to introductory sociology, he teaches courses in classical and contemporary social theory, social stratification, sociology of religion, and the Middle East.
Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Meera Sehgal (B.A., Ferguson College, India; M.A., Pune University, India; M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004) has a joint appointment in the Sociology & Anthropology department and in the Women’s & Gender studies program. Her research interests are in the areas of gender, race, class & sexuality; social movements; globalization; militarism; transnational feminisms and India. Based on ethnographic methods, her research examines the mobilization of women in the right-wing Hindu nationalist movement in India. Her more recent fieldwork centers on a South Asian transnational feminist network and its consciousness-raising work in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Meera emphasizes interdisciplinary feminist perspectives in her teaching and travels regularly to India for research and familial purposes. She teaches courses on social movements, women's health in the U.S., qualitative methods, transnational feminist theory, and feminist approaches to knowledge production, globalization and militarization.
Nader Sohrabi (BS and MS University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Chicago, MA and PhD) is a visiting assistant professor of Sociology at Carleton. His research interests include sociological theory, historical sociology, nationalism and ethnic conflict with a geographic focus in the Middle East.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Nancy Wilkie, A.B. Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Minnesota. Nancy is the co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration and began teaching at Carleton in 1974. She is especially interested in cultural property issues and has served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State since 2003.
Jim Fisher received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and has done fieldwork off and on in Nepal over the last 50 years: on economics and ecology among Magars; on education and tourism among Sherpas near Mount Everest (each a two week walk from the nearest road); a person-centered ethnography of a Brahmin human rights activist; and, most recently, a study of globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal (going back to 1962 when he was a member of the first Peace Corps group to Nepal). In addition to introductory courses, Jim taught on South Asia, anthropological theory, and biography and ethnography. As a Fulbright Professor, he spent two years helping start a new Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
Upon retirement in 2009 after 38 years at Carleton, Jim spent a year in Bhutan helping start the first private college there, serving as Chair of Sociology and Anthropology. At present he is working on a book describing the Magar village 42 years after he left it.