Our Faculty

The Anthropology major features a diverse faculty with research and teaching expertise covering a wide range of topics and issues dedicated to exploring the social and cultural conditions of human life.

Marcia C Inhorn

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Professor Marcia C Inhorn, PhD, MPH, is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender, religion, and health issues, Professor Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 30 years. She is the author of six books on the subject, including her forthcoming volume America’s Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins (Stanford University Press, 2017). She is also the (co)editor of ten books, the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS), and co-editor of the Berghahn Book series on “Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality.” She has served as President of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association; on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association; and as Director of Middle East centres at both Yale and University of Michigan.

Professor Inhorn has been a visiting faculty member at the American University of Beirut, the American University of Sharjah, and the University of Cambridge. She has received numerous awards for her books and scholarship, including the American Anthropological Association’s Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for excellence in anticipatory anthropology, the AAA’s Eileen Basker and Diana Forsythe Prizes for outstanding anthropological research in gender, health, and biomedical technology, the JMEWS Book Award in Middle East gender studies, and the Middle East Distinguished Scholar award from the AAA’s Middle East Section. Professor Inhorn has also finished a two-year National Science Foundation-funded research project on oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) for both medical and elective fertility preservation.
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Teaching Subjects

Anthropology Capstone
Advanced Topics in Anthropology–Reproductive Technologies: Global Perspectives
Medical Anthropology: The Canon

Anju Mary Paul

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I have several projects I am currently working on. The first, and longest-running, project of mine investigates the stepwise international labor migrations of Asian migrant domestic workers. This project involves in-depth interviews and surveys with migrants, as well as with NGOs and recruitment/placement agencies. I am also interested in migrant rights in the guest worker era and am involved in a project that investigates migrants’ awareness of their rights and the factors that influence their understanding and exercise of their rights. A third project of mine seeks to understand how aspiring and existing migrants look at and understand the world of destination options available to them, and how their subjective but evolving mental maps influence their destination decisions and migration trajectories in the short and long run. Finally, I am interested in the return migration decisions of highly-skilled Asian migrants, specifically Asian-born bioscientists who were trained in the West and have to decide whether or not to return to Asia at some point in their careers. This last project has sparked an interest in the science and technology policies of Asian developmental states and the cultivation and curation of scientific cultures.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Globalisation on the Ground
  • International Migration
  • Divided Cities
  • Comparative Social Inquiry

Gabriele Koch

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Dr Koch is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on how globalising human rights and labour rights discourses intersect with longstanding histories of gender, labour, and care in urban Japan. Her book project, Human Rights in Japan’s Libidinal Economy, explores contestations over the meaning of labour and rights in Tokyo’s mainstream commercial sex industry. In Japan, female sex workers are ambivalent about their work not because it involves sexual services but because it is female care work. At the same time that the short-term employment of young Japanese women in this industry is being normalised, labour and human rights advocates are politicising these women in new ways. Based on 21 months of ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, Dr Koch’s manuscript examines how intimate relations in Tokyo’s sex industry are implicated within recent political-economic transformations to explore why sex workers do not recognise themselves in the advocacy of competing rights movements.
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Teaching Subjects
  • The Anthropological Imagination
  • The Anthropology of Human Rights
  • Sexual Economies

Stuart Earle Strange

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Dr Strange’s research examines the nexus of knowledge, interaction, and personhood, with an emphasis on Afro- and Indo-Caribbean ritual practices, dreaming, and the politics of revelation. He has conducted ethnographic research in Suriname, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Ghana and the United States, with a future project planed in Singapore.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Religion, Ritual and Magic
  • Ethnography

Neena Mahadev

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Dr. Mahadev's specialisation is in the anthropology of religion and religious politics, with a focus on Buddhism and Christianity. She is also involved in study of forms of religiosity and ritual that fall beyond the scope of what are ordinarily classified as ‘World Religions’. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
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Zachary M. Howlett

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Dr Howlett is a political and historical anthropologist of China and overseas Chinese. His research combines interests in education and mobility, gender and family, culture and technology, and popular religion. His book in progress is entitled Fateful Rite of Passage: The National College Entrance Examination and the Myth of Meritocracy in Post-Mao China.
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Teaching Subjects

105Modern Social Thought
Language, Culture, and Power
Anthropology of China