Michèle Dominy

Michèle Dominy

Professor of Anthropology and Environmental and Urban Studies
Contact: mdominy@bard.edu, 845-758-7870
Program Affiliations: Global and International Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Michèle Dominy, Professor of Anthropology and Environmental and Urban Studies

Michele Dominy began teaching at Bard in February 1981. She received her AB degree with honors from Bryn Mawr College and her MA and PhD from Cornell University. Professor Dominy's teaching interests are: the anthropology of place, feminist anthropology, interpretive anthropology, the anthropology of religion, and the ethnography of communication. Her research areas include land, culture and identity in settler societies, place attachment and sustainability in mountainlands, and empire and ecology. She has conducted long-term field research in the high country of New Zealand and Australia. In addition to her recent publications listed below, she has contributed articles and reviews to Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, New Zealand Women's Studies Journal, Pacific Studies, Anthropology Today, Gender and Society, Pacific Affairs, Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Forest and Conservation History, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Forum, Cultural Anthropology, Man, Landscape Review, Current Anthropology, Journal of Political Ecology, Ecumene, The Contemporary Pacific, and edited volumes and proceedings. She has received awards and grants from: Cornell University and the Center for International Studies; the National Science Foundation; the United States/New Zealand Council; the Wenner-Gren Foundation; the Cultural Heritage Conservation Research Centre at the University of Canberra; the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bard Research Fund. She is an honorary life member of the American Anthropological Association and Fellow of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, the Royal Anthropological Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Most recently she has served on the editorial board of the American Anthropologist and on the board of the American Conference of Academic Deans. She is affiliated with the Gender Studies and Sexuality, and Environmental and Urban Studies programs. She served as dean of the college from 2001-2015 and as vice president from 2006 until 2015

Selected Publications

2008    "Pulling the right thread." In The Ethnographic Life and Legacy of Jane C. Goodale, edited by Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi and Jeanette Dickerson-Putman. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. pp. 44-55.

2005   Critical Ethnography in the Pacific: Transformations in Pacific Moral Orders. Special Issue. Anthropological Forum 15(3)  (co-edited with Laurence M. Carucci).

2005  "Anthropology ‘in the savage slot’: Reflections on the epistemology of knowledge."  Anthropological Forum 15(3):223-234 (co-authored with Laurence M. Carucci).

2002  "Hearing Grass, Thinking Grass: Postcolonialism and Ecology in Aotearoa-New Zealand."  Cultural Geographies 9: 15-34.

2001  Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand's High Country.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

1997  "The Alpine Landscape in Australian Mythologies of Ecology and Nation."  In Knowing Your Place: Rural Identiity and Cultural Hierarchy. Eds. Barbara Ching and Gerald W. Creed,  pp. 237-266.

1995  "White Settler Assertions of Native Status."  American Ethnologist 22(2): 358-374.

1993  "Photojournalism, Anthropology, and Ethnographic Authority."  Cultural Anthropology 8(3): 317-337.

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