Faculty & Staff
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Lecturer in Sociology
Adrienne Falcón, Lecturer (University of Chicago, PhD), 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 issues, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and later as an anthropologist. Her research focuses on connections between reproduction and belonging, especially when these are called into question by reproductive difficulties (e.g., infertility), ethnic stereotyping of fertility, or the challenges of migration. She has conducted research in both rural and urban Cameroon, as well as with Cameroonian immigrants in Berlin and Paris. She teaches courses on gender, Africa, migration, medical anthropology, reproduction, and social science writing as well as the African and African American Studies capstone.
Brian Fuller (York University, PhD) is a visiting assistant professor of sociology who specializes in critical social theory. He is broadly interested in how conceptual and theoretical frameworks develop, and how they shape our engagement with the social world. His current research examines the philosophical origins of classical social theory, through a reading of the work of Theodor Adorno. Brian teaches social theory, as well as courses on media, culture, and capitalism.
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.
Monica Liu (UC San Diego, PhD) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology who specializes in gender, immigration, globalization, and contemporary China. Her work explores the connection between China’s rapid socio-economic change in the past thirty years and new patterns of dating, marriage, and migration that have emerged. Specifically, she examines the phenomenon of internet-mediated, commercially arranged cross-border marriage between women from China and men from English-speaking Western countries such as the U.S. or Canada. At Carleton, she will be teaching courses in the areas of gender/family, sexuality/intimacy, and Chinese society.
Professor of Sociology
Annette Nierobisz 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.
Constanza Ocampo-Raeder (BA Grinnell College, Stanford University PhD) is an assistant professor in anthropology that specializes 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, where she has three ongoing fieldsites in Peru (Amazon, Coast, and an Inter-Andean River Valley). She has also worked extensively in different tropical forests and ecosystems around the world (e.g. Belize, Montana, Kenya, Tahiti).
Professor Ocampo-Raeder implements a series of qualitative and quantitative methods in her work, some of which are heavily rooted in an ecological framework. She teaches a series of courses in environmental anthropology, conservation and development, food and culture, as well as ecological anthropology.
Liz Raleigh, assistant professor of sociology (University of Pennsylvania, PhD) is a sociologist of race and the family. Her research focuses on how the supply and demand for babies shapes the pipeline and market for children available for adoption. As a mixed methods scholar, Raleigh conducts quantitative research using nationally representative data sets but also enjoys collecting people's stories and analyzing qualitative interviews. She teaches as array of courses on the changing conception of family, racial categorization, acculturation amongst Asian immigrants, adoption and assisted reproductive technologies, and social statistics.
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.
Instructor in Sociology
Wes Markofski (B.S. Molecular Biology & Philosophy, M.S. & Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an assistant professor of sociology at Carleton College. An ethnographer and social theorist, his work centers on the study of politics, culture, and public religion. In its substantive focus on new monastic and progressive styles of American evangelicalism, his research explores the dynamic interplay of race, religion, and intersectional inequality in urban contexts and American democracy writ large. He teaches courses in social theory, religion, diversity and democracy, and introductory sociology.
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.
Nancy Wilkie A.B. Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Minnesota) 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.