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Haverford College
Department of Anthropology
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Faculty: Research

Maris Boyd Gillette

Broadly speaking, my research examines how capitalism shapes cultural ideologies and social practice; how institutional discourses and individual sentiments combine to create memory; and how people use objects to express identities and produce knowledge. I have worked as an academic and an applied anthropologist, a curator, and an ethnographic filmmaker.
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Laurie Kain Hart

My research focuses on the circum-Mediterranean area (particularly Greece) and the urban U.S. I have written on religious practice; theory of space and place; ethnic politics and border history; sectarian and urban violence; pluralism, spatial segregation and population displacement in the urban and rural Mediterranean and the US; kinship and photography; and architecture and housing. My recent publications (and video documentary work) are grounded in continuing field research in Northern Greece (on former child political refugees of the Greek Civil War) and recent research in Philadelphia (on urban poverty, segregation, public health and risk).
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Zolani Philemon Ngwane

My research has gone through roughly four overlapping phases since I came to Haverford in 2000. The first phase revolved around my historical ethnography of the University of Fort Hare, the first institution of higher education established for black South Africans (1916). I was concerned with how South African universities understood their place in the post-apartheid era and the process and politics of transforming themselves accordingly. At the center of this concern about institutional transformation was the question of how education becomes implicated in the formation and transformation of political subjects. I published some of this research in articles.
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Jesse Weaver Shipley

I am an ethnographer and filmmaker. I received my Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from University of Chicago. My research focuses on Ghana and recent Africa Diasporas. I am interested in integrating creative visual forms and critical theory. My scholarly interests include African politics and religion, post-independence political economy, popular culture, critical human rights, sexuality, race, electronic mediation, film, and urban space. As an anthropologist and filmmaker, I am committed to exploring creative, new media approaches to research, teaching, writing, and image production. As film and new media increasingly permeate neoliberal, publics around the world, the anthropology of media and popular culture is increasingly vital in thinking through the changing nature of political power and its opposition, public violence, and the global circulation of race and sexuality.
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