Deborah A. Thomas

Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, Graduate Chair

Ph.D. New York University 2000

Courses Taught:

ANTH116 Caribbean Culture and Politics

ANTH204 Theoretical Foundations

ANTH334/634 Feminist Ethnography

ANTH587 Race, Nation, Empire

ANTH617 Contrmporary Approaches to the Study of Culture and Society

ANTH640 Race, Diaspora & Critique

ANTH655 Methods and Grantwriting for Anthropological Research

Research Interests:

Political Anthropology; Globalization; Race and Gender; Labor Migration; Transnationalism and Diaspora; Cultural Politics; Performance; Violence and the Transformation of Space; Culture and Political Economy; Popular Culture; Caribbean.

Publications:


Film, BAD FRIDAY:  RASTAFARI AFTER CORAL GARDENS, 2011


EXCEPTIONAL VIOLENCE:  EMBODIED CITIZENSHIP IN TRANSNATIONAL JAMAICA, 2011


GLOBALIZATION AND RACE:  TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE CULTURAL PRODUCTION OF BLACKNESS, 2006


MODERN BLACKNESS:  NATIONALISM, GLOBALIZATION, AND THE POLITICS OF CULTURE IN JAMAICA, 2004

Selected Articles:

2016.  “Time and the Otherwise:  Plantations, Garrisons and Being Human in the Caribbean.” Anthropological Theory 16(2).

2015.  “What Development Feels Like:  Politics, Prophecy, and the International Peacemakers in Jamaica.”  In Contradictory Existence:  Neoliberalism and Democracy in the Caribbean, Ed. Dave Ramsaran.  Kingston:  Ian Randle Press.

2015.  “Cox’s America:  Caste, Race, and the Problem of Culture.”  Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 39(3):364-381.

2013.  “The Problem with Violence:  Exceptionality and Sovereignty in the New World.”  Journal of Transnational American Studies 5(1).

2013.  “Globalization and Race:  Structures of Inequality, New Sovereignties, and Citizenship in a Neoliberal Era.”  Annual Review of Anthropology 42:305-325 (with Kamari Clarke).

2013.  “Caribbean Studies, Archive Building, and the Problem of Violence.”  small axe 17(2):27-42.  

“Violence.” Oxford Bibliographies Online (2012).

“The Violence of Diaspora: Governmentality, Class Cultures, and Circulations.” Radical History Review 103:83-104 (2009).

“Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, and U.S. Academic Realignments,” with Karla Slocum. Souls 10(2):123-137 (2008).

“Gendering Diaspora: Transnational Feminisms, Diaspora, and its Hegemonies, with Tina M. Campt, Introduction to Special Issue of Feminist Review, “Gendering Diaspora,” 90:1-8 (2008).

“Walmart, ‘Katrina,’ and Other Ideological Tricks: Jamaican Hotel Workers in Michigan.” Special Issue of Feminist Review (Co-Edited with Tina M. Campt), “Gendering Diaspora,” 90:68-86 (2008).

“Locality in Today’s Global Caribbean: Shifting Economies of Nation, Race, and Development,” with Karla Slocum, Introduction to Special Issue of Identities, “Caribbeanist Anthropologies at the Crossroads: Revisiting Themes, Revising Concepts,” 14(1-2):1-18 (2007).

“Blackness Across Borders: Jamaican Diasporas and New Politics of Citizenship.” Identities 14(1-2):111-133 (2007).

“Public Bodies: Virginity Testing, Redemption Songs, and Racial Respect in Jamaica,” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 11(1):1-31 (2006).

“Rethinking Global and Area Studies: Insights from Caribbeanist Anthropology.” American Anthropologist 105(3):553-565, with Karla Slocum (2003).

“Democratizing Dance: Institutional Transformation and Hegemonic Re-Ordering in Postcolonial Jamaica.” Cultural Anthropology 17(4):512-550 (2002).

University Museum Room 335

Phone:

215 746 0435

Appointments:

Anthropology Department Faculty; Secondary Appointment, Graduate School of Education; Affiliated Faculty, Africana Studies; Graduate Group Member, Department of English.