Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
Liz Raleigh, associate professor of sociology (University of Pennsylvania, PhD) is a sociologist of race and the family. Her research focuses on how the supply and demand for babies shapes the pipeline and market for children available for adoption. As a mixed methods scholar, Raleigh conducts quantitative research using nationally representative data sets but also enjoys collecting people’s stories and analyzing qualitative interviews. She teaches as array of courses on the changing conception of family, racial categorization, acculturation amongst Asian immigrants, adoption and assisted reproductive technologies, and social statistics.
Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1990. She has been working on reproductive health issues, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and later as an anthropologist. Her research focuses on connections between reproduction and belonging, especially when these are called into question by reproductive difficulties (e.g., infertility), ethnic stereotyping of fertility, or the challenges of migration. She has conducted research in both rural and urban Cameroon, as well as with Cameroonian immigrants in Berlin and Paris. She teaches courses on gender, Africa, migration, medical anthropology, reproduction, and social science writing as well as the African and African American Studies capstone.
Ahmed Ibrahim (B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Ph.D., City University of New York [CUNY], Graduate Center) teaches courses at the intersection of refugee and migration studies and the anthropology of religion.
His current research project is an ethnography of Somali communities in Minnesota. The research aims to challenge the assumed congruence between nation and political space by examining how social and political movements in Somalia both influence Somali political organizing in the US and effect how Somali communities are administered under the US security state. The project examines sites as diverse as US government supported programs to “counter violent extremism,” local Somali civic activism in the US, and political campaigns that span from Minneapolis to Mogadishu.
His dissertation, “The Shari῾a Courts of Mogadishu: Beyond ‘African Islam’ and ‘Islamic Law’,” explored the ethics and politics of Shari῾a in Mogadishu, Somalia, through a historical ethnography of a movement whose response to the demands of the present were informed by practices, discourses, and norms rooted in a centuries-old Islamic tradition. The first article to emerge from the dissertation is entitled “Changing of the Guards: Politico-Religious Authority and Islamic Education in Mogadishu,” and will appear in the journal Islamic Africa.
Jerome (“Jay”) Levi, (M. Phil Cambridge, A.B., Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor of Anthropology at Carleton. He teaches and publishes widely on anthropological approaches to the study of ethnicity, religion, economics, and indigenous rights, and has conducted fieldwork with indigenous peoples in Mexico (focusing on the Tzotzil and Tarahumara), the Southwest United States, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Israel, and the West Bank. Over the years, his work on the human rights of indigenous peoples has been presented to the United States Congress, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
Wes Markofski (B.S. Molecular Biology & Philosophy, M.S. & Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an assistant professor of sociology at Carleton College. An ethnographer and social theorist, his work centers on the study of politics, culture, and public religion. In its substantive focus on new monastic and progressive styles of American evangelicalism, his research explores the dynamic interplay of race, religion, and intersectional inequality in urban contexts and American democracy writ large. He teaches courses in social theory, religion, diversity and democracy, and introductory sociology.
Annette Nierobisz has taught at Carleton College since 2000. Her expertise is in the fields of Work and Occupations, Aging and the Life Course, Methods of Social Research, and Criminology. Professor Nierobisz’s research has examined a broad range of topics, from fear of crime among women who encounter sexual harassment in public spaces to a current project examining the experiences of older workers who lost their jobs as a result of the 2008 Great Recession. Professor Nierobisz’s longstanding interest in Law, Crime, and Deviance began when she declared a double major in Sociology and Justice and Law Enforcement as a college student at the University of Winnipeg. Since joining Carleton, she has offered a wide range of criminology courses including The Myths of Crime; Girls Gone Bad: Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice; Contemporary Issues in Critical Criminology; and X=Crime.
In 2006 Annette was invited to be the Senior Researcher at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In this two year appointment she completed projects that examined a broad range of human rights issues including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, discrimination on the basis of disability, and the discriminatory impact of national security policies.
Constanza Ocampo-Raeder (BA Grinnell College, Stanford University PhD) is an assistant professor in anthropology that specializes in environmental anthropology. She is particularly interested in how people manage local resources and how these activities impact different environments. More specifically, her work aims to uncover cultural rules and behaviors that govern resource management practices as well as trace the impact of global conservation and development policies on these systems. Most of her work focuses in Latin America, where she has three ongoing fieldsites in Peru (Amazon, Coast, and an Inter-Andean River Valley). She has also worked extensively in different tropical forests and ecosystems around the world (e.g. Belize, Montana, Kenya, Tahiti).
Professor Ocampo-Raeder implements a series of qualitative and quantitative methods in her work, some of which are heavily rooted in an ecological framework. She teaches a series of courses in environmental anthropology, conservation and development, food and culture, as well as ecological anthropology.
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
Meera Sehgal (B.A., Ferguson College, India; M.A., Pune University, India; M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004) has a joint appointment in the Sociology & Anthropology department and in the Women’s & Gender studies program. Her research interests are in the areas of gender, race, class & sexuality; social movements; globalization; militarism; transnational feminisms and India. Based on ethnographic methods, her research examines the mobilization of women in the right-wing Hindu nationalist movement in India. Her more recent fieldwork centers on a South Asian transnational feminist network and its consciousness-raising work in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Meera emphasizes interdisciplinary feminist perspectives in her teaching and travels regularly to India for research and familial purposes. She teaches courses on social movements, women’s health in the U.S., qualitative methods, transnational feminist theory, and feminist approaches to knowledge production, globalization and militarization.
Nancy Wilkie A.B. Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is the co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration and began teaching at Carleton in 1974. She is especially interested in cultural property issues and has served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State since 2003.
Jim Fisher received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and has done fieldwork off and on in Nepal over the last 50 years: on economics and ecology among Magars; on education and tourism among Sherpas near Mount Everest (each a two week walk from the nearest road); a person-centered ethnography of a Brahmin human rights activist; and, most recently, a study of globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal (going back to 1962 when he was a member of the first Peace Corps group to Nepal).
In addition to introductory courses, Jim taught on South Asia, Anthropological Thought and Theory, Anthropology of Humor, and Biography and Ethnography. As a Fulbright Professor, he spent two years helping start a new Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
Upon retirement in 2009 after 38 years at Carleton, Jim spent a year in Bhutan helping start Royal Thimphu College, the first private college in that country, serving as Chair of Sociology and Anthropology. He also returned to the Magar village in west Nepal in which he had worked as a graduate student. He then wrote a book, Trans-Himalayan Traders Transformed, describing it 44 years later.