Faculty Profile

James Ellison

Associate Professor of Anthropology (2005)

Contact Information

ellisonj@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 307
717.245.1902

Bio

A broadly trained cultural anthropologist, Ellison researches political and economic transformations and culture in eastern Africa, focusing on colonialism, socialism, and "neoliberalism." His main fieldwork sites are in Tanzania and Ethiopia. He also co-directs a summer field school in Tanzania to teach anthropological research methods.

Education

  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1987
  • M.A., University of Florida, 1990
  • Ph.D., 1999

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

WGSS 202 Gender in Africa
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05 and ANTH 245-01. This course introduces students to perspectives on and experiences of gender in Africa today and in the recent past using an ethnographic lens. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and films, we will consider the diverse ways people have constructed gender in their everyday lives in different parts of Africa; how people have shaped gendered knowledge and identities in cultural, social, historical, and political-economic contexts; and how matters of gender have been represented in scholarship, popular media, activism, and policy realms. A central concern of ours will be with gender in people’s practical, everyday lives: how gender is crucial to understanding politics, economics, development, social life, popular culture, and other aspects of people’s lives in Africa. A consistent theme in our diverse readings is the changing terrain of gender relations in the contexts of Africa’s long-term entanglements with global forces, particularly those of recent decades.

AFST 220 Gender in Africa
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01 and WGSS 202-01. This course introduces students to perspectives on and experiences of gender in Africa today and in the recent past using an ethnographic lens. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and films, we will consider the diverse ways people have constructed gender in their everyday lives in different parts of Africa; how people have shaped gendered knowledge and identities in cultural, social, historical, and political-economic contexts; and how matters of gender have been represented in scholarship, popular media, activism, and policy realms. A central concern of ours will be with gender in people’s practical, everyday lives: how gender is crucial to understanding politics, economics, development, social life, popular culture, and other aspects of people’s lives in Africa. A consistent theme in our diverse readings is the changing terrain of gender relations in the contexts of Africa’s long-term entanglements with global forces, particularly those of recent decades.

ANTH 245 Gender in Africa
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05 and WGSS 202-01. This course introduces students to perspectives on and experiences of gender in Africa today and in the recent past using an ethnographic lens. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and films, we will consider the diverse ways people have constructed gender in their everyday lives in different parts of Africa; how people have shaped gendered knowledge and identities in cultural, social, historical, and political-economic contexts; and how matters of gender have been represented in scholarship, popular media, activism, and policy realms. A central concern of ours will be with gender in people’s practical, everyday lives: how gender is crucial to understanding politics, economics, development, social life, popular culture, and other aspects of people’s lives in Africa. A consistent theme in our diverse readings is the changing terrain of gender relations in the contexts of Africa’s long-term entanglements with global forces, particularly those of recent decades.

ANTH 336 Social Distinctions
This course covers anthropological theories of social hierarchy and stratification. Both the material and ideological bases of social distinction are examined. Gender, class, race, ethnicity, kinship, and slavery are some of the specific topics covered in the course. Prerequisite: 101. Offered every fall.