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Dmitry BondarenkoI graduated with the M.A. degree cum laude in 1990 from the Moscow State University, Department of Ethnography, School of History. I completed my Ph.D. in 1993 and D.Sc. in 2000 at the Russian Academy of Sciences. At present, I am Vice-Director for Research of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Inrternational Center of Anthropology of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, and Full Professor with the Center of Social Anthropology of the Russian State University for the Humanities. In the past, I was a visiting scholar with the Program of African Studies of Northwestern University (Evanston, USA), Institut fuer Geschichte (Goettingen, Germany), and Maison des sciences de l'homme (Paris, France). I have lectured at universities of Russia, the USA, Egypt, Tanzania, Slovenia, and Angola. I have conducted field research in a number of African countries (Tanzania, Nigeria, Benin, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda) and among Black people in Russia and the USA.
Walter LittleWalter E. Little is the author of nine books and edited volumes and has published over 90 articles and reviews. His monograph, Mayas in the Marketplace: Tourism, Globalization, and Cultural Identity (Texas, 2004), won Best Book of 2005 from the New England Council for Latin American Studies and his co-edited volume, Street Economies in the Urban Global South (SAR, 2013) won the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize in 2014.
Dr. Little was raised on a farm near Logansport, Indiana. Upon getting a BA in journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1987, he spent the following two years working in Central America and traveling over land to Lake Titicaca, after which he returned to Chicago where he earned an MA in anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed his PhD in cultural anthropology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
He is a cultural anthropologist at the University at Albany, SUNY, who studies the socio-economic and political lives of Mesoamericans. His multi-sited ethnographic research in Guatemala and Mexico aims to understand heritage and tourism practices in urban places with attention to identity politics and handicrafts sales to tourists. His research explores Kaqchikel and K'iche' Mayas' livelihoods as artisans and vendors in urban heritage sites, as a way to learn how about socio-economic mobility and the creative ways in which Mayas have made do and, even, thrived in a political system that has long discriminated against them.
Larry ZimmermanLarry Zimmerman is Professor emeritus of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and formerly Public Scholar of Native American Representation at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1976. After teaching for more than 20 years at the University of South Dakota, he left there as Distinguished Regents Professor in 1996. He then served as Adjunct Professor and Department Executive Officer of the American Indian and Native Studies Program at the University of Iowa. In 2002 he became Head of the Archaeology Department for the Minnesota Historical Society, but went back to academia in 2004 as IUPUI’s first Public Scholar of Civic Engagement. He retired in 2017. He is a past Vice President of the World Archaeological Congress, which at its 2008 6th Congress in Dublin awarded him its inaugural Peter J. Ucko Medal for his contributions to world archaeology. He has served as a consultant for numerous American Indian nations and organizations and has published more than 25 professional and popular books and nearly 300 articles on Native Americans, North American Archaeology, and cultural heritage issues. His current research uses archaeological methods to study contemporary homeless campsites in Indianapolis. The project has received international attention, has been featured in Archaeology magazine, and has been called a “milestone in archaeology.”
Christa CravenChrista Craven is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Chair from 2012-2017) at the College of Wooster. She received her B.A. New College of Florida (1997), M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) from American University. Craven’s research interests include women’s health & reproductive justice, lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer reproduction, midwifery activism, feminist ethnography & activist scholarship, and feminist pedagogy. She is the author of Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making (Routledge, 2019), Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement (Temple University Press, 2010), and a textbook with Dána-Ain Davis, Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges & Possibilities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Craven and Davis also published an edited collection entitled Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America (Lexington Books, 2013). She has served on the American Anthropological Association’s Governance Commission (2005-2007), is the past co-chair of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (2004-2005; now the Association for Queer Anthropology), and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Program Administrators and Directors (PA&D) for the National Women’s Studies Association. She teaches Introduction to WGSS, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Lives, Doing Feminist Research: Theory & Practice, Feminist Pedagogy in Action, Introduction to Anthropology, Ethnographic Research, Global Politics of Reproduction, and Globalizing Health (with Dr. Tom Tierney in Sociology). Her professional website is: http://discover.wooster.edu/ccraven/
Carole CounihanCarole Counihan is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Millersville University. She is a cultural anthropologist who has been studying food, gender, and culture in Italy and the USA for forty years. She is author of Italian Food Activism in Urban Sardinia (2019), A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (2009), Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence (2004), and The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning, and Power (1999). She is co-editor of several books including Food and Culture: A Reader (1997, 2008, 2013, 2018), Making Taste Public (2018), and Food Activism (2014). She is editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Food and Foodways.
Timothy HallI am a psychological anthropologist and a psychiatrist, based in the Center for Behavioral & Addiction Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at UCLA since 2011. My research interests include processes of sexual identity formation and maintenance, HIV risk factors, and mental health particularly among LGBT populations, in the United States and Czech Republic.