Previous Courses Taught:
ANTH542 Part I-Documentary, Ethnography, and Research: Communicating Scholarship Through Film/Video
ANTH842 The Filmic
SWRK603 American Racism
Ph.D., Anthropology, Columbia University, 2000
Ethnographic Film and Visual Studies; Critical Race Theory; Globalization, Transnationalism, and Diaspora; Religion, Media, and Modernity; Social Theory; Urban Studies; The Politics and Poetics of Ethnography; Performance Theory; Africana Studies; Cultural Studies and Popular Culture.
Televised Redemption:Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment, co-written with Carolyn Rouse and MarlaFrederick, New York University Press, 2017.
Impolite Conversations:On Race, Class, Sex, Religion, and Politics, co-written with Cora Daniels, Atria Books [Simon and Schusterimprint], 2014.
Thin Description:Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, HarvardUniversity Press, 2013.
Racial Paranoia: TheUnintended Consequences of Political Correctness, Basic Civitas, 2008.
Real Black: Adventuresin Racial Sincerity, University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Harlemworld: Doing Raceand Class in Contemporary Black America, University of Chicago Press, 2001.
“Ethnography Is, EthnographyAin’t,” Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology, Orin Starn, Ed., Duke University Press, April2015.
“Conspiracy is theSincerest Form of Flattery: Hip-Hop, Aesthetics, and SuspiciousSpiritualities,” in Religion in Hip Hop: Mappingthe New Terrain in the U.S., Monica R. Miller, Anthony B. Pinn, and
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, Eds.,Bloomsbury Academic, April 2015.
“Half as Good,” in The Troublewith Post-Blackness, Houston A. Baker and K. Merinda Simmons, Eds., Columbia University Press,February 2015.
“Peter Piper PickedPeppers, but Humpty Dumpty Got Pushed: The Productively Paranoid Stylings of Hip-Hop’s Spirituality,” in TheHip Hop and Religion Reader, Monica R. Miller and Anthony B.
Pinn, Eds., Routledge / Taylor& Francis, November 2014.
“Theorizing Production,Producing Theory: Why Filmmaking Could Count as Scholarship,” Cultural Studies 28:4(July, 2014).
“No Friends,” (a chapterfrom Harlemworld) reprinted in The Urban Ethnography Reader, Mitchell Duneier, Philip Kasinitz, andAlexandra Murphy, Eds., Oxford University Press, February 2014.
“An AmericanistAnthropologist in Dimona: Notes from an Africanized Israel,” Ethnographic Encounters in Israel, FranMarkowitz, Ed., Indiana University Press, 2013.
“Ethnography Is,Ethnography Ain’t,” Cultural Anthropology 27(3): 480-497 (2012).
Partial List of MediaProductions:
Co-Executive Producer,Sweet Tea: An Ethnographic Film (Non-Fiction).
Co-Executive Producer, NotJust TV: HBO, the 1970s, and the Idea of Pay TV (Non-Fiction).
Producer, Director, Bald asI Am: Life, Love and Alopecia (Non-Fiction).
Executive Producer, FourDays in May: Extradition from a Jamaican Community (Non-Fiction).
Co-Producer, Co-Director,Editor, Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens (Non-Fiction) Distributed by Third WorldNewsreel.
Partial list of screenings:
• Paddington Arts Center, London,England, July 2013
• Robben Island Museum, CapeTown, South Africa, July 2013
• University of Puerto Rico,April 2012
• Rutgers University, March 2012
• York University, March 2012
• Caribbean Creativity Festival,Amsterdam, February 2012
• San Diego Black Film Festival,January 2012
• Scribe Video Center,Philadelphia, December 2011
• Reggae Culture Salute,Brooklyn, November 2011 (New York City Premiere)
• Hollywood Black Film Festival,October 2011
• CUNY Graduate Center, October2011
• Trinidad and TobagoInternational Film Festival, September/October 2011
• Duke University, September 2011
• Bob Marley Museum, Kingston,Jamaica (Premiere), June 2011
• Caribbean Studies AssociationMeetings, Curacao, June 2011 (Preview)
• Human Rights Film Festival,University of Virginia, April 2011 (Preview)
• Yale University, CaribbeanStudies: Prisms and Practices, April 2011 (Preview)
• University of the West Indies,Rastafari Studies Conference, August 2010 (Preview)
Other Service and Research:
Faculty co-founder andcoordinator (with Deborah Thomas and Stanton Wortham) of EE, ExperimentalEthnography (formerly PIVPE, the Penn Initiative on Visual andPerformative Ethnography), 2013-present.
Faculty co-founder andcoordinator of CAMRA, a multimodal site for scholarly research: http://camrapenn.org/,2011-present.
Editor-in-Chief of theAnthropology Module for Oxford Bibliographies Online:http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/,2010-present.
Co-editor (with David Kim)of the book series RaceReligion for Stanford University Press,2011-present.
Department of AnthropologyAnnenberg School for CommunicationDepartment of Africana Studies/School of Social Policy & Practice