Professor of Anthropology
My research focuses on the intersection of race, class, gender and other socially ascribed differences in the formation of political subjectiveties, social hierarchies and urban-based social movements. My most recent book, The Devil Behind the Mirror, investigated how neoliberal economic reforms and transnational socio-cultural processes associated with globalization reatriculated the social divison of labor, racial cum cultural identities and gender relations in the Dominican Republic, yielding novel power arrangements and practices of resistance. My current project in an historical study of the development of a constellation of elite cultural and education institutions in Northern Manhattan known as the "American Acropolis." I am interested in how topography contributed to an imagined geography that faciliated the atriculation of heterogeneous social interests, desires and projects around a shared understanding of the relationship of landscape to hierarchy, ontology and civilizational progress.
2014. "Ferguson and the Right to Black Life," Athropology News. Fall.
2013. "The Radiant University: Space, Urban Development and the Public Good." City and Society 25(1).
2007. The Devil Behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic. University of California. (Winner of the Anthony Leeds Prize, and the Gordon K. Lewis Prize in Caribbean studies.)
2003. "Men in Paradise: Sex Tourism and the Political Economy of Masculinity." In Race, Nature and the Politics of Difference, D. Moore et al., eds. Duke University.
2004. "Globalization, the State and Economic Restructuring in the Dominican Republic." In Anthropology and Politics, D. Nugent J. Vincent, eds. Blackwell.
2001. "The Cultural Politics of Black Class Formation." In History in Person , D. Holland and J. Lave, eds. Santa Fe: School of American Research.
2000. Santeria in New York City: A Study in Cultural Reisistance. Garland.
1998. Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community. Princeton University. (Winner of the Anthony Leeds Prize.)
1994. Race. (co-edited with R. Sanjek.) Rutgers University. Winner of the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Book Award.
1994. "Time to Make the Donoughts: On the Politics of Subjectification in the 'Inner-City." Political and Legal Anthropology Review 7(1).
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