The Department of Anthropology



Announcement: Position Open

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor

Social/Cultural Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York seeks a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Social/Cultural Anthropology, commencing in August 2014. We seek to appoint a scholar who will demonstrate energy, expertise, research and publication at an early-career level, and who is able to translate that research interest into lively and engaging undergraduate courses that will be part of our new Anthropology major, scheduled to commence in the fall semester 2014. For full consideration applications should be received by February 16, 2014.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Anthropology or a related field. Regional areas of interest are not specified, but it is expected that the focus of research and theoretical interests will complement those of other members of the department. Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in urban studies and a cosmopolitan commitment to the advocacy for justice that is the core mission of John Jay College. Demonstrated success at teaching, productive scholarship and the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution are also required.


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Sad News

Professor Kojo Dei (July 1, 1949-November 10, 2013)

It is with great sadness we announce the untimely death of our esteemed colleague and good friend, Professor Kojo Dei. Professor Dei received his PhD from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and taught anthropology at John Jay College for more than 20 years.



 Congratulations Corner

Alisse Waterston’s Harmony features one of our own in the fall issue of Justice Matters. Please check out the profile of Professor Waterston and a description of her recent accomplishments.



      Our Faculty Publications:



New Books

Alisse Waterston’s 2014 book My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century. 

Click here for Alisse Waterston's Interview with Adrienne Anifant.


R. Terry Furst’s 2013 book Early Professional Baseball and the Sporting Press.


Recent Articles

Avram Bornstein’s 2012 article (with Sophine Charles, Jannette Domongo and Carmen Solis) “Critical Race Theory Meets the NYPD: An Assessment of Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Police in New York City”   in Journal of Criminal Justice Education  Available in Virtual Issue on Race and Criminal Justice.


Avram Bornstein’s 2013 review of Khalil Gibran Muhammad ‘s “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban Americain Transforming Anthropology: Journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists.


Avram Bornstein’s 2013 review of Claudia Liebelt’s “Caring for the ‘Holy Land’: Filipina Domestic Workers in Israel  in American Ethnologist.


Ric Curtis and Anthony Marcus’s forthcoming (2014) article “Implementing Policy for Invisible Populations: Social Work and Social Policy in a Federal Anti-Trafficking Taskforce in the United States”  in Social Policy and Society.


Terry Furst’s 2013 article “Suboxone Misuse along the Opiate Maintenance Treatment Pathway” in Journal of Addictive Diseases.


Elizabeth Hegeman’s 2013 article “Ethnic Syndromes as Disguise for Protest Against Colonialism: Three Ethnographic Examplesin Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.


Hannah Lessinger’s 2013 chapter "Love and Marriage in the Shadow of the Sewing Machine: case studies from Chennai, India” in Marriage in Globalizing Contexts: exploring change and continuity in South Asia  (edited by Rajni Palriwallah and Ravinder Kaur).


Anthony Marcus’s 2013 chapter “Afro-Cubans between the Sword and the Wall: Racism as a Transnational Process” in Anthropology for a Small Planet: Culture and Community in a Global Environment 

(edited by Charles Menzies & Anthony Marcus).


Anthony Marcus and Edward Snajdr’s 2013 Special Issue of Dialectical Anthropology on Anti-anti-trafficking? Toward critical ethnographies of human trafficking


Anthony Marcus’s 2013 chapter (with Yogendra Acharya, Salim Lakha, & Popy Begum“When Sustainability Fails: A Multi-Subject Approach to Assessing Microfinance in Chitwan, Nepal” in Social Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (edited by Jonathan Westover).


Anthony Marcus and Ric Curtis’s forthcoming (2014) article “Implementing Policy for Invisible Populations: Social Work and Social Policy in a Federal Anti-Trafficking Taskforce in the United States  in Social Policy and Society.


Edward Snajdr and Anthony Marcus’s 2013 Special Issue of Dialectical Anthropology on Anti-anti-trafficking? Toward critical ethnographies of human trafficking. 


Edward Snajdr’s 2013 article “Beneath the Master Narrative: Human Trafficking, Myths of Sexual Slavery and Ethnographic Realities  in Dialectical Anthropology.


Patricia Tovar’s 2013 article “Histories, Hysterias and Hysterectomies: Medical Discourses and Imaginaries on Female Reproduction” in Sexuality, Culture and Politics: A South American Reader"


Shonna Trinch’s 2013 article “Recalling Rape: Moving Beyond What We Knowin Legal-Lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law (edited by Chris Heffer, Frances Rock and John Conley).


Alisse Waterston’s  2013 article “Marriage and Other Arrangements” in Open Anthropology. 


Alisse Waterston’s  2013 article “On Violence” in Open Anthropology. 


Alisse Waterston’s 2013 chapter “Sacred Memory and the Secular World: The Poland Narratives” in War and Peace: Essays on Religion and Violence (edited by Bryan Turner). 


Alisse Waterston’s 2013 essay “Autoethnography” in Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology (edited by R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms).  






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