M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Culture, communication, and education with special attention to comparative and historical conditions. Polity and community theory, particularly as it applies to families, their immediate situations, and their positions in a global humanity as the joint production of all involved.
Symbolizing America. (Editor. 1986)
Successful failure: The School America builds, with Ray McDermott , 1998).
Alternative anthropological perspectives on education (Editor, Volume 1 of the Perspectives on Comprehensive Education, co-edited with Edmund W. Gordon. 2008)
Theoretical Perspectives on Comprehensive Education: The Way Forward. (co-editor with Edmund W. Gordon, Volume 2 of the Perspectives on Comprehensive Education, co-edited with Edmund W. Gordon. 2009)
ITSF 4034: Dynamics of family interaction
An introduction to communication patterns inside families, with a special emphasis on both their complexity at the interpersonal level and their simplicity within the social structure of a community. Class time is dominated by cross-cultural data on family structure and videotape analyses of communication patterns within American families.
ITSF 5001: Ethnography and participant observation: fieldwork, analysis, reporting
Permission required. ITSF 5000 or equivalent required. This course examines methods to analyze ethnographic and, more broadly, qualitative data. Students who enroll are expected to have already completed a significant amount of data. The course emphasizes the role of theory, different analytical traditions and techniques, and how to write up ethnographic data.
ITSF 5003: Communication and culture
Introduction to major theories of human communication and culture as they relate and build on each other.
ITSF 5005: Interdisciplinary study of the family
Critical examination of the interaction of internal and external forces and their effects upon individuals and families, drawing upon perspectives of various social science disciplines.
ITSF 5016: Ethnography of education
Introduction to the ethno-graphic investigation of educative institutions (villages, neighborhoods, families, peer groups, schools, etc.) and to the policy issues it addresses.
ITSF 5430: Internship
Permission required. Supervised experiences in diverse settings designed to develop skills in research, development, planning, and evaluation.
ITSF 5610: First-year colloquium in applied anthropology
Permission required. This is a year-long critical review of important works in anthropology and education and applied anthropology. During the spring semester, students present proposals for their summer fieldwork before the members of both programs. Required of, and open only to, first-year doctoral students. Meets concurrently with ITSF 5611 during the spring semester.
ITSF 6510: Education and cultural production
Seminar reviewing theoretical developments in culture theory as it focuses on education as the foundation of cultural production.
ITSF 6514: Topics in anthropology and education: Cultural analysis