Micaela di Leonardo
Professor (PhD Berkeley 1981)
Professor of Anthropology and Performance Studies
1810 Hinman Avenue, Room 210
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS: Political Economy,Urban Studies, Gender/Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity/Nationalism, Cultural Theory/ History of Thought/ Public Culture, United States
Micaela di Leonardo is a cultural anthropologist with broad interests in social and economic inequality, whether by class, race, gender or sexuality. Her primary geographic focus is American urban life, but she also works on global political economy. Her most recent book projects reflect these interrelated interests. The first, The View From Cavallaro’s, is an historical ethnography of New Haven, Connecticut, focusing on race, gender, urban representation and economic restructuring. di Leonardo began fieldwork in New Haven in the late 1980s, and spent 2005-06 at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working on the book, which she is now finishing for the University of Chicago Press. The second book project, the anthology, New Landscapes of Global Inequality, which appeared in 2008 with SAR Press, began in March 2006 as a 6-day, 10-participant School of Advanced Research conference. di Leonardo is co-editor of this volume, with Jane Collins and Brett Williams, and wrote both the introduction and a case study on the neoliberalization of American consciousness for it. She is also working on a “black media and the American public sphere” project—and has published 5 articles--focusing on the mainstream media invisibility and politics of a decades-old syndicated black morning radio show with an audience of more than 8 million, The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Micaela di Leonardo’s previous publications include two books-- Exotics at Home: Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity (Chicago, 1998), and The Varieties of Ethnic Experience (Cornell, 1984)—and two anthologies—Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era (California, 1991), and (co-edited with Roger Lancaster) The Gender/Sexuality Reader (Routledge, 1997). She has also written for The Nation, The Village Voice, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Aside from the School of Advanced Research, di Leonardo has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Wenner-Gren, and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. She has received internal grants from both Yale University (Senior Faculty Fellowship, Whitney Center Fellowship) and Northwestern (Senior Faculty Fellowship, Kaplan Center for the Humanities; Fellow, Institute for Policy Research), and was the first holder of the rotating endowed Board of Lady Managers, Columbian Exposition Chair at Northwestern. She was awarded the AAA Anthropology in the Media Award in 1996, American Ethnological Society Honorable Mention for the Best Senior Book, 1998, and the Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America from SANA (the Society for Anthropology of North America) in 2005. She was a Faculty Fellow at the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Studies, 2009-12. She has served on the editorial boards of Feminist Studies, American Anthropologist, Identities, Critique of Anthropology,and Social Archaeology; has served on the evaluator panel for Wenner-Gren; and currently serves on the American Ethnologist editorial board.
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
212 Global Cultures, Global Inequalities
354 Gender and Anthropology
373 Power and Culture in American Cities
390 Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Nationalism
390 Anthropology of the American Public Sphere
401 Graduate Cultural Anthropology
478 Critical Americanist Ethnography
490 Topics in Anthropology ˆ Race, Ethnicity, Nationalism
476 Globalization and Its Discontents
RECENT PUBLICATIONS/ PAPERS/ CONFERENCES
2008 (co-edited) New Landscapes of Inequality: Neoliberalism and the Erosion of American Democracy. Santa Fe: SAR Press.
1998 Exotics at Home: Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Women in Culture and Society Series.
1997 (co-edited) The Gender Sexuality Reader. New York: Routledge.
"Grown Folks Radio: U.S. election politics and a "hidden" black counterpublic,” American Ethnologist, Volume 39 Number 4 November 2012
In press: “Dwight Conquergood and Performative Political Economy,” in Performing Cultures: Theory, Method, Praxis, E. Patrick Johnson, ed. University of Michigan Press.
2010 “’Paint the White House Black:’ Black Media in the Obama Era,” Institute for Policy Research Working Paper, http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/publications/workingpapers/wpabstracts10/wp1008.html.
2009 "The Trope of the Pith Helmet: America's Anthropology, Anthropology's America," in Alisse Waterston and Maria Vesperi, eds., Anthropology off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing. New York: Blackwell.
2009 "Whose Homeland?: The New Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the American Public Sphere," in Jeff Maskovsky and Ida Susser, eds., Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century (Paradigm Press).
2008 "Introduction: New Global and American Landscapes of Inequality", in Jane Collins, Micaela di Leonardo, Brett Williams, eds., New Landscapes of Inequality. School of Advanced Research Press.
2008 "The Neoliberalization of Minds, Space, and Bodies: Rising Global Inequality and the Shifting American Public Sphere," in Jane Collins, Micaela di Leonardo, Brett Williams, eds., New Landscapes of Inequality. School of Advanced Research Press.
2007 “City,” entry in Keywords in American Studies, eds. Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett. New YorkUniversity Press.
2006 “Mixed and Rigorous Cultural Studies Methodology: An Oxymoron?” for The Question of Method in Cultural Studies, Mimi White, James Schwoch, and Dilip Gaonkar eds. Blackwell.
2006 “Force of a Thousand Nightmares: Global Inequality and the American Scene,” special issue, co-edited and with an introduction with Jeff Maskovsky, Identities, vol 3, no 1.
2006 “Anthropology’s Past and Present in American Media,” Anthropology Newsletter, February.
2004-2005 “Global Inequality, War, and the American Scene,” (in two parts) North American Dialogue, September 2004, April 2005, vols 7 nos 2&3
2005 “Gender, Race, and Class Politics: Home in New Haven, Connecticut,” In Companion to The Anthropology of Politics, eds. David Nugent and Joan Vincent. Blackwell.
2003 “Margaret Mead and the Culture of Forgetting in Anthropology: A Response to Paul Roscoe,” American Anthropologist 105 (3): September, pp.592-95.
2002 “Culture” for “The Short List: Disciplinary Misconceptions,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 12, 2002.
2000 “Margaret Mead vs. Tony Soprano: Feminist Anthropology Fights for Public Voice in the New Millennium,” The Nation, May 21.
2002 “Murder by Public Policy,” review of Eric Klinenberg, Heat Wave. The Nation, September 2.
2002 “Too Much Monkey Business,” review of Jonathan Marks, What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee. The Nation, July 8.
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND LECTURES