Sociology and Anthropology
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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.
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.
Director of African/African American Studies
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.
Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
Jerome Levi (M.Phil. Cambridge, A.B., Ph.D. Harvard) has broad interests in the anthropology of the Greater Southwest and Mesoamerica, having associated with Native Americans since childhood. He has conducted research among Navaho and Yuman peoples as well as among Mayans in Chiapas and Tarahumara (Rarámuri) of Chihuahua. He teaches courses on anthropological approaches to the study of religion, economics and indigenous rights and he is the director of Carleton's off-campus studies program in Guatemala and Chiapas. He has prepared Congressional testimony on indigenous rights and recently served as a consultant to the World Bank on indigenous peoples, poverty and development.
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.
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.
Director of Archaeology
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.
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.
Sara Gonzalez, Scholar-in-Residence Fellow in Anthropology, completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley (2011). She specializes in Indigenous and feminist archaeology and the archaeology of colonialism in North America. Her community-based research with the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians contributes to the development of a cultural heritage trail at Fort Ross State Historic Park, which will introduce visitors to the park to the ancestral homeland of the tribal community. Currently, she is examining the ways in which low-impact archaeological methods and digital media can contribute to the capacity of tribal communities to manage and represent their heritage.
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.
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.
Assistant to the Director of the College Writing Program
Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Sociology, Science, Technology, and Society