Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, 1991





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Ann Kingsolver’s scholarship in cultural anthropology is focused on contributing to a broader social project of recognizing and addressing inequalities. Her long-term ethnographic research concerns situated interpretations of experiences of globalization. She has been doing fieldwork in her hometown in eastern Kentucky since 1986 on interpretations of identity, place, and livelihood through development discourses (especially linked to tobacco production), and in 1992 she initiated a long-term, collaborative research project on interpretations of NAFTA and related neoliberal policies in Morelos and Mexico City, Mexico, and Kentucky and California, USA. In 2004, as a Fulbright Lecturer/Researcher, she interviewed Sri Lankans associated with the tea industry about globalization. Her theoretical interests merge interpretive and political economic perspectives. Her work assumes epistemological parity between those in and outside academic contexts.
Courses she has taught recently include Anthropological Connections (graduate), Globalization and Cultural Questions (graduate/undergraduate), Theories of Culture (undergraduate), Anthropology of Law and Conflict (undergraduate) and Understanding Other Cultures (undergraduate).  

Books Published:

The Gender of Globalization: Women Navigating Cultural and Economic Marginalities . Co-edited with Nandini Gunewardena. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press. Forthcoming in 2008.

NAFTA Stories: Fears and Hopes in Mexico and the United States.  2001. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Editor.  More than Class: Studying Power in U.S. Workplaces. 1998. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Recent Articles:

'As We Forgive Our Debtors': Mexico's El Barzˇn Movement, Bankruptcy Policy in the U.S., and Ethnography of Neoliberal Logic and Practice. Forthcoming in Rethinking Marxism .

Farmers and Farmworkers: Two Centuries of Strategic Alterity in Kentucky's Tobacco Fields. Critique of Anthropology 27(1): 87-102, 2007.

Strategic Alterity and Silence in the Promotion of California's Proposition 187 and of the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina. In Silence: The Currency of Power. Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb, ed. Pp. 73-91. New York: Berghahn Books. 2006.

Thinking and Acting Ethically in Anthropology. In Thinking Anthropologically: A Practical Guide for Students. Philip Carl Salzman and Patricia C. Rice, eds. Pp. 71-79. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. 2004. Revised for second edition, 2008.

Service to the Discipline:

President-Elect, Society for the Anthropology of Work - 2008-

General Editor, Anthropology of Work Review - 2004-2007

Chair, Eric P. Wolf Prize Committee - 2005-2007

Member, Ethics Committee, American Anthropological Association - 1998-2001

Board Member, Association for Feminist Anthropology - 1999-2002

Member, Turner Prize Selection Committee - 2000

Member, Sylvia Helen Forman Prize Selection Committee - 2001-2002

Board Member, Society for the Anthropology of North America - 1998-1999

Teaching Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, USC - 2007

Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award, USC - 2002

Two Thumbs Up Award, Office of Disabilities Services, USC - 2001, 2005


Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1991. Dissertation: "Tobacco, Toyota, and Subaltern Development Discourses: Constructing Livelihoods and Community in Rural Kentucky."

M.A. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1987.

B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology with Honors, Rhodes College, 1982.

Current Graduate Students Advised

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