Welcome to the Anthropology Department


(PhD, U Michigan, 1995; Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Graduate School - New Brunswick, SAS) Feminist anthropology, political and legal anthropology, historical anthropology, cultural politics, gender, ethnicity, colonialism, development, missionization, indigenous rights, pastoralism, transnationalism, social movements, ethics and politics of research; Africa. dhodgson@anthropology.rutgers.edu

Dorothy L. Hodgson
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School - New Brunswick
Anthro Office: (848) 932-8757; GS Office: (848) 932-7275
Anthro Fax: (732) 932-1564; GS Fax: (732) 932-7407

Dorothy L. Hodgson is Professor of Anthropology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School - New Brunswick at Rutgers University. She is the President of the African Studies Association and has previously served as Chair and Graduate Director of the Department of Anthropology, Director of the Rutgers’ Institute for Research on Women, and President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. As a historical anthropologist, she has worked in Tanzania, East Africa, for over thirty years on such topics as gender, ethnicity, cultural politics, colonialism, nationalism, modernity, the missionary encounter, transnational organizing, and the indigenous rights movement.

She is the author of Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World (Indiana, 2011), The Church of Women: Gendered Encounters Between Maasai and Missionaries (Indiana, 2005), andOnce Intrepid Warriors: Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development (Indiana, 2001); and editor of The Gender, Culture and Power Reader (Oxford, 2016), Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights (Pennsylvania, 2011), Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave, 2001) and Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist (James Currey, 2000); and co-editor of Wicked” Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa (Heinemann, 2001).

Her work has been supported by awards from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, American Council for Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, see dorothyhodgson.com


Former and Current Ph.D. Students Supervised

  • Paige West,  Ph.D. 2000. “The Practices, Ideologies and Consequences of Conservation and Development in Papua New Guinea.” (Co-chair with Professor George Morren). Currently a Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College/Columbia University 
  • Jessica Libove, Ph.D. 2005. “Gender, Power and Performance in Urban Senegal.”  Currently employed as contract researcher. 
  • Nia Parson, Ph.D. 2005.  “Gender, Trauma and Healing in Chile.” (Co-chair with Professor Peter Guarnaccia) Currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University 
  • Mona Bhan, Ph.D. 2006.  “Visible Margins: State, Identity and Development among Brogpas of Ladakh (India).” Currently a tenured Associate Professor of Anthropology at Depauw University.
  • Debarati Sen, Ph.D. 2009. “From Illegal to Organic: Fair Trade-Organic Tea Production and Women’s Political Futures in Darjeeling, India.”  Currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Kennesaw State University.
  • Omotayo Jolaosho, Ph.D. 2013 "'You Can't Go to War without Song': Performance and Community Mobilization in Post-Apartheid South Africa". Currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at University of South Florida.
  • Chaunetta Jones, Ph.D. 2014 “Between State and Sickness:The Social Experience of HIV/AIDS Illness Management and Treatment in Grahamstown, South." (Co-chair with Professor Peter Guarnaccia).  Currently a Health Scientist with Federal Drug Administration.
  • Marshall Brooks, Ph.D. 2015, "“Disenchanted Lives: Apostasy and Ex-Mormonism among the Latter Day Saints.”  Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Anja Becker (University of Cologne), study of gender and social change among Pokot pastoralists in Kenya (co-chair with Professor Michael Bollig)
  • Siad Darwish, study of environmental pollution and governance in Tunisia
  • Allison Bloom, study of Latina women and domestic violence services in the United States
  • Dunstan Matungwa, study of female sex-workers in Tanzania

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