Professor Faye Venetia Harrison
Departments of African American Studies & Anthropology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Faye Venetia Harrison
Education 1982 PhD and 1977 MA in Anthropology from Stanford University; 1974 BA in Anthropology from Brown University
Academic Appointments Professor of African American Studies & Anthropology, Faculty Affiliate with Women & Gender in Global Perspectives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014- ); previous appointments held at: the University of Florida as Joint Professor of Anthropology & African American Studies, former Director of African American Studies, Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research (2004-2014); the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as Lindsay Young Professor, (1999-2004); Associate Professor (1989-1997); the University of South Carolina as Professor of Anthropology & Graduate Director of Women’s Studies (1997-1999); and the University of Louisville as Assistant Professor (1983-1989); visiting scholar or fellowships at Anton de Kom University of Suriname (2011), University of Cape Town (2011), and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1987-88).
Professional Service & Leadership Experience
IUAES [International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences]: President (2013-18); Member-at-large, Executive Committee (2003-09, 2009-13); Chair, Commission on the Anthropology of Women (1998-2009), co-chair (1993-98); organized or co-organized panels, sessions, and workshops for congresses (1998, 2003. 2009, 2013), inter-congresses (2004, 2006), and UN conference NGO forums (1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women [co-sponsored with International Women’s Anthropology Conference (IWAC)], 2001 Durban, South Africa World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia, & Related Intolerance [WCAR])
SfAA [Society for Applied Anthropology]: Malinowski Award Selection Committee member (1992-95), chair (1995-96); Annual Meeting Program Committee, member (1996-98)
AAA [American Anthropological Association]: Committee on World Anthropologies member and chair of subcommittee on teaching & research (2010-11), Commission on World Anthropologies member (2007-10); Executive Program Chair (2007) for annual meeting whose theme was “Difference, (In)Equality and Justice,” and main contributor to “Justice for All?” column in Anthropology News (February-December 2007); organized or co-organized Presidential Sessions (1999, 2006, 2008) and several Invited Sessions (1985-94, including the historic 1987 “Decolonizing Anthropology” session); member of Board of Directors (1990-91) and Executive Board (1999-01); Advisory Committee and key advisors member for Understanding Race and Human Variability Initiative (2001-07), which resulted in Ford/NSF-funded, award-winning traveling exhibit, “Race: Are We So Different?”; Committee on the Status of Women, member (1993-05); Association of Black Anthropologists, President (1989-91); Action Network for Responsible Anthropological Professionalism, Steering Committee member (1985-86);
Other Service: member of American Anthropologist Editorial Board (2000-05), Identities: Global Studies in Culture & Power consulting editors (1991-2008), Editorial Committee for Annual Review of Anthropology (1996-00), US Editorial Working Group for Critique of Anthropology (1996-2000); Transforming Anthropology Editorial Board (1990-present); associate editor, Urban Anthropology & Studies in Culture and World Development (1991-2004); Sociology Mind Editorial Board (2010-present).
Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives on Global Apartheid, Environmental Injustice, and Women’s Activism for Sustainable Well-Being. In Making the Most of What We Have: How Women Manage Resources. Subhadra Mitra Channa and Marilyn Porter, eds. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Private Limited (forthcoming in 2015).
Engaging Theory in the New Millennium. In Companion to Contemporary
Anthropology. Simon Coleman, Susan B. Hyatt, and Ann Kingsolver, eds. New York:
Routledge, August 2015.
Revisiting Berreman’s “Race, Caste, and Other Invidious Distinctions”: Implications for Transnational Dialogues and Intercultural Solidarities in Challenging Racisms and Related Intolerance. Proceedings of the International Symposium, Engaging Race and Racism in the New Millennium: Exploring Visibilities and Invisibilities, May 17, 2014. Yasuko Takezawa, ed. pp. 115-140. Kyoto: Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, October 2014.
Learning from St. Clair Drake: (Re)Mapping Diasporic Connections. The Journal of
African American History 98(3):446-454, Symposium on “St. Clair Drake: The Making
of a Scholar-Activist,” Summer 2013.
Race. In Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology. R. Jon McGee and Richard L.
Warms, eds. Pp. 672-677 (volume 2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2013.
Race, Security, and Human Rights. In At Close Range: The Curious Case of Trayvon
Martin. 10th Annual Spring Lecture & Symposium, Center for the Study of Race and
Race Relations, Levin College of Law. March 20, 2013. UF Law Scholarship Repository
Dismantling Anthropology’s Domestic and International Peripheries. World
Anthropologies Network (WAN) e-Journal, No 6/July 2012, 87-109.
Building Black Diaspora Networks and Meshworks for Knowledge, Justice, Peace and
Human Rights. In Afrodescendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the
Americas. Bernd Reiter and Kimberly E. Simmons, eds., pp. 3-17. East Lansing:
Michigan State University Press, 2012.
Race, Racism, and Antiracism: Implications for Human Rights. Guest essay in Race: Are
We So Different? Yolanda Moses, Alan Goodman, and Joseph Jones. Pp. 237-242, 243-
244. Malden, MA and Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. 2012.
Racism in the Academy: Toward a Multi-Methodological Agenda for Anthropological
Engagement. In Racism in the Academy: The New Millennium. Audrey Smedley and
Janis F. Hutchinson, eds. Pp. 13-32. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological
Association, 2012. (Chapter can be downloaded from:
Writer, Ethnographer, Performing Artist: A Documentary Lens on Zora Neale Hurston’s
Interdisciplinarity. Fire!!! 1(Summer/Winter 2): 139-150, 2012.
Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology for Liberation
(ed. and contributor, 3rd edition). Arlington, Virginia: American Anthropological
Reconciling Perspectives on the World’s Diverse Women and Cultures of Gender:
Toward New Syntheses for the 21st Century. In Anthropology Now: Essays by the
Scientific Commissions of the IUAES & History of the IUAES. Peter J.M. Nas and Zhang
Jijiao, eds. Pp. 103-116. Beijing: Intellectual Property Publishing House, 2009.
Building Solidarities for Human Rights: Diasporic Women as Agents of Transformation.
In Gendering Global Transformations. Chima J.Korieh and Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika,
eds. Pp. 17-28. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Women in Jamaica’s Informal Economy: Insights from a Kingston Slum. In Perspectives
on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. Philip Scher, ed.
Pp. 25-39. Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishing/Wiley, 2009. (Originally published in
Nieuwe West-Indische Gids/New West Indian Guide, 1988).
Reworking African(ist) Archaeology in the Postcolonial Period: A Perspective from a
Sociocultural Anthropologist. In Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa. Peter R. Schmidt,
ed. pp. 231-241. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research (SAR) Press, 2009.
Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age. Urbana and Chicago:
University of Illinois Press, 2008.
The Politics of Antiracism and Social Justice: A Perspective from a Human Rights
Network in the U.S. South. North American Dialogue 12(1):8-17, October 2008.
Everyday Neoliberalism, Diminishing Subsistence Security, and the Criminalization of
Survival: Gendered Urban Poverty in Three African Diaspora Contexts. In IUAES Inter
Congress on Mega Urbanization, Multi-Ethnic Society, Human Rights, and Development,
Volume 1, Trends in Anthropological Research: Emerging Challenges and Response.
Buddhadeb Chaudhuri and Sumita Chaudhuri, eds. Pp. 82-103, New Delhi: Inter-India
Feminist Methodology as a Tool for Ethnographic Inquiry on Globalization. In The
Gender of Globalization: Women Navigating Cultural & Economic Marginalities.
Nandini Gunewardena and Ann Kingsolver, eds. Pp. 23-31. Santa Fe: New Mexico:
School of Advanced Research Press, 2007.
The Gendered Politics and Violence of Structural Adjustment: A View from Jamaica. In
Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class. Marcia Texler Segel and Theresa A. Martinez,
eds. Pp. 161-174. Cary, NC: Oxford University Press, 2007 (originally published in
Louise Lamphere et al., eds., Situated Lives: Gender& Culture in Everyday Lives, 1997).
Building on a Rehistoricized Afro-Atlantic Anthropology. In Afro-Atlantic Dialogues:
Anthropology in the Diaspora. Kevin A. Yelvington , ed. Pp. 381-398. Santa Fe, NM:
School of American Research Press, 2006.
From the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean Sea and Back: Remapping Routes,
Unburying Roots. In Caribbean and Southern: Transnational Perspectives on the U.S.
South. Helen Regis, ed. Pp. 7-33. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.
From New Delhi to Kunming: Toward an Intellectual History of the IUAES
Commission on the Anthropology of Women. Journal of Guangxi University for
Nationalities (Philosophy and Social Edition), 27(3):87-91, 2005.
The Gender Politics of HIV/AIDS as a Human Rights Problem. Indian Anthropologist
35(1&2):1-8, 2005 (special issue on UNESCO symposium on “Women, AIDS, and
Human Rights” convened in Kolkata, India, 2004).
Global Apartheid, Environmental Degradation, and Women’s Activism for Sustainable
Well-Being: A Conceptual and Theoretical Overview. Urban Anthropology & Studies of
Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 33(1):1-35, 2004. (Available for
downloading at: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/fayeharr/images/Activism.pdf)
Resisting Racism and Xenophobia: Global Perspectives on Race, Gender and Human
Rights (ed. and contributor), Thousand Oaks, CA: AltaMira Press, 2005.
Unraveling “Race” for the 21st Century. In Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front
Lines. Jeremy MacClancy, ed. Pp. 145-166. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Global Apartheid, Foreign Policy, and Human Rights. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black
Politics, Culture, and Society 4(3): 48-68, 2002, theme issue on “Race & Globalization.”
Facing Racism and the Moral Responsibility of Human Rights Knowledge. Annals of the
New York Academy of Science, Volume 925:45-69. (In special issue on “Ethics and
Anthropology: Facing Future Issues in Human Biology, Globalism, and Cultural
Property.” Anne-Marie Cantwell, Eva Friedlander, & Madeleine L. Tramm, eds., 2000.
African-American Pioneers in Anthropology. (co-ed. and contributor), Urbana and
Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
Contemporary Issues Forum: Race and Racism (guest ed.), American Anthropologist
100(3): 607-715, September 1998.
Introduction: Expanding the Discourse on Race. American Anthropologist 100(3):609-
Rehistoricizing Race, Ethnicity, and Class in the U.S. Southeast. In Cultural Diversity in
the South: Anthropological Contributions to a Region in Transition. Patricia Beaver and
Carole Hill, eds. Pp. 179-189. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.
Gender, Sexuality, and Health in a Turn-of-the-Century “Black Metropolis.” Medical
Anthropology Quarterly 11(4):448-453, 1997.
The Persistent Power of “Race” in the Cultural and Political Economy of Racism.
Annual Review of Anthropology 24:47-74, 1995.
W.E.B. Du Bois and Anthropology (guest co-ed. and contributor), special issue of
Critique of Anthropology 12(2-3):111-277, 1992.
Black Folks in Cities Here and There: Changing Patterns of Domination and Response
(guest ed. and contributor), Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems
and World Economic Development 17(2-3):111-277, 1988. (Festschrift in honor of St.
Clair Drake, co-author of classic book, Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a
Northern City, 1945; author of Black Folk Here and There: An Essay in History and
Anthropology,Volumes I and II, University of California Press, 1987, 1991).
Jamaica and the International Drug Economy. TransAfrica Forum 7(3):49-57, 1990.
Introduction: An African Diaspora Perspective for Urban Anthropology. Urban
Anthropology 17(2-3):111-141, 1988.
Crime, Class, and Politics in Jamaica. TransAfrica Forum 5(1):29-38, 1987.
Gangs, Grassroots Politics, and the Crisis of Dependent Capitalism in Jamaica. In
Perspectives in U.S. Marxist Anthropology. David Hakken and Hanna Lessinger, eds.
Pp. 186-210. Westview Press. Boulder, Colorado, 1987.
Selected Honors & Awards
William R. Jones Most Valuable Mentor Award, Florida Education Fund, 2013
Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellowship, University of Cape Town, 2011
Legacy Scholar Award, Association of Black Anthropologists, 2010
Outstanding Research Mentoring Award, Ronald McNair Scholars Program, University
of Florida, 2008
Zora Neale Hurston Award for Mentoring, Service & Scholarship, Southern
Anthropological Society, 2007
President’s Award, American Anthropological Association, 2007
Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America, 2004.