Michèle Dominy

Michèle Dominy

Professor of Anthropology and Environmental and Urban Studies
SABB 18-19

Contact: mdominy@bard.edu, 845-758-7870
Program Affiliations: Environmental and Urban Studies; Global and International Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Office: Hegeman 301

Michèle Dominy received an AB from Bryn Mawr College and PhD from Cornell University and began teaching at Bard in February 1981. She has conducted long-term field research in the New Zealand high country on land, culture and identity, with a focus on place attachment, land contestations and sustainability in mountain lands. Fieldwork in Australia focused alpine cultural heritage in NSW and Victoria. Her current research projects in empire and ecology explore cultural and natural heritage conservation and botanical anthropology in the British diaspora with a focus on ecological restoration, the anthropology of plants, and the culture of orchid hybridization. In addition to the selected publications listed below, she has contributed to The New Zealand Women's Studies Journal, Pacific Studies, Gender and Society, Pacific Affairs, Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Forest and Conservation History, Man, Landscape Review, Current Anthropology, Journal of Political Ecology, The Contemporary Pacific, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, and Journal of the Orchid Society of Great Britain, as well as edited volumes, proceedings and encyclopedias. Research support includes fellowships from the National Science Foundation; the Wenner-Gren Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Humanities. An honorary life member of the American Anthropological Association, she is a 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. She has served on the editorial board of the American Anthropologist and on higher education and environmental boards. She is liaison to the Environmental Consortium of Universities and Colleges. She was dean of the college from 2001-2015 and vice president from 2006-2015.

Teaching and Research Areas
Anthropology of place; Colonial and postcolonial ecologies; Politics of cultural identity; Anthropology and literature; Historical ethnography; Interpretive and symbolic anthropology; Gender and kinship; Language and culture; Mountain and rangelands; Settler-descendant societies; British diaspora; Aotearoa/New Zealand; Australia; Ethnography of the Pacific.

Select Publications

2018     Victoria Stead and Michèle D. Dominy (guest editors). Moral Horizons of Land and Place. Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. 28( 1).

2018     Victoria Stead and Michèle Dominy. Introduction: Moral horizons of land and place. Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology 28 (1): 1-15. DOI:10.1080/00664677.2018.1429251

2018     Postcolonial settler ecologies and native species regeneration on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Special Journal Issue: “Moral Horizons of Land and Place,” edited by Victoria Stead and Michèle Dominy for Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology 28(1): 89- 106. DOI: 10.1080/00664677.2018.1431203

2016 “Maori Women’s/Feminist Activism.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, edited by Nancy Naples. New York: Wiley Blackwell.
2008 “Pulling the Right Thread.” In The Ethnographic Life and Legacy of Jane C. Goodale, edited by Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi and Jeanette Dickerson-Putman 44-55. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

2005 “Anthropology ‘In the Savage Slot’: Reflections on the Epistemology of Knowledge.” With Laurence M. Carucci. In Special Issue: Critical Ethnography in the Pacific: Transformations in Pacific Moral Orders. Edited with Laurence M. Carucci. Anthropological Forum 15(3): 223-234.
2001 Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand’s High Country. Lanham, MD/Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.
2002/3 “Hearing Grass, Thinking Grass: Postcolonialism and Ecology in Aotearoa-New Zealand.” Cultural Geographies 9: 15-34. Reprinted in Disputed Territories: Land, Culture, and Identity in Settler Societies, edited by David Trigger and Gareth Griffiths, 53-80. Hong Kong University Press.
1999 “Legislating a Sustainable Land Ethic in New Zealand.” Special issue: Sustainability in the Small Island States of the Pacific, edited by C. Stevens and M. Evans. Pacific Studies 22(3/4): 47-80.
1997 “The Alpine Landscape In Australian Mythologies of Ecology and Nation.” Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy, edited by B. Ching and G.W. Creed, 237-265. New York: Routledge.
1995 “White Assertions of Native Status.” American Ethnologist 22(2):359-375.
1993b   “Photojournalism, Anthropology, and Ethnographic Authority.” Cultural Anthropology 8(3): 317-337.
1993  “'Lives Were Always Here': The Inhabited Landscape of the New Zealand High Country.” Special issue on Custom Today, edited by G. White and L. Lindstrom. Anthropological Forum 6(4): 567-585.
1990b  “New Zealand's Waitangi Tribunal: Cultural Politics of an Anthropology of the New Zealand High Country.” Anthropology Today 6(2)[April]: 11-15.
1990a  “Maori Sovereignty: A Feminist Invention of Tradition.” In Cultural Identity and Ethnicity in the Pacific, edited by J. Linnekin and L Poyer, 237-257. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Reprinted University of Hawaii Press, 1996.
1986 “Lesbian-feminist Gender Conceptions: Separatists in Christchurch, New Zealand.” Signs. Journal of Women in Culture and Society 11(2): 274-289.

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