My primary focus is to better promote anthropological knowledge and understandings, extending classroom teaching and research to a wider audience. My What is Anthropology? page is a primer for this dynamic discipline and as part of my Living Anthropologically blog, I've produced Human Nature, Race, Evolution in Biological Anthropology, available as an eBook download.
- Commenter and panelist for Templeton Colloquium organized by Jonathan Marks on the Invisible Aspects of Human Evolution. Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. April 2014.
- Risk-seeking Peasants, Excessive Artisans: Speculation in the Northern Andes. Co-authored article with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. Economic Anthropology 1(1). January 2014.
- Cultural Anthropology: Global Transformations, Human Nature, Public Debates. Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes 20(1). Spring 2014.
- Review of Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World by Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Journal of Haitian Studies 19(2), Fall 2013.
- At the November 2013 American Anthropological Association Meetings, presented the Cultural Anthropology overview for the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Five Fields Update. Discussant for the session Margaret Mead and Jared Diamond: Past Publics, Current Engagements.
- Keynote Presentation, The Noble Savages Controversy: Napoleon Chagnon, Marshall Sahlins and Reintegrating Anthropology. Invited talk for the SUNY-New Paltz Anthropology Student Research Symposium and Alumni Gathering, May 2013. This presentation drew from a previous blog-post Party Like It's 1999: Ferguson, Sahlins, Wolf, & Napoleon Chagnon!
- Invited seminar talk for the Anthropology Department at Binghamton University, on Blogging Violence, Jared Diamond, and the Ethnographic Record, April 2013. This talk drew from the blog-post The Yanomami Ax Fight: Science, Violence, Empirical Data, and the Facts. An accompanying workshop on Taking Anthropology Online discussed the Anthropology Blogosphere 2013 - Ecology of Online Anthropology.
Education and Research
I was a history major at Williams College and then did graduate studies in anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University, with Ph.D. fieldwork in Túquerres, Colombia. My research has been in the northern Andean highlands of South America, covering topics of consumption and development programs, artisan and peasant economies, and globalization. Since 2005, I have collaborated with Dr. Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld (UNC-Chapel Hill) on fieldwork in Ecuador. This fieldwork compares family firms of indigenous and mestizo sweater-producers in the neighboring towns of Otavalo and Atuntaqui. We are currently completing a co-authored book for the University of Chicago Press, Invasive Economies and Artisan Futures: Innovation, Inequality and the Commons.
- "Peasants and Pirámides: Consumer Fantasies in the Colombian Andes" in the edited volume Consumer Culture in Latin America (Palgrave MacMillan, December 2012).
- In December 2012, my blog-post on Anthropology: Worst Major for Corporate Tool, Best Major to Change Your Life was cited in a Science review article by Ann Gibbons, An Annus Horribilis for Anthropology? See also my response, Great Year for Anthropology!
- Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Paola Mantilla & Jason Antrosio, Rafael Correa's Multicolored Dream Shirt: Commerce, Creativity, and National Identity in Post-Neoliberal Ecuador. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 7(3), November 2012.
- Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudi, Jason Antrosio, and Eric C. Jones. Creativity, Place, and Commodities: The Making of Public Economies in Andean Apparel Industries. In Textile Economies: Power and Value from the Local to the Transnational. 2011.
- From Workplace to Heritage: Renovating and Reinventing an Ecuadorian Textile Factory with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. Anthropology News, 2011.
- Todo Moderno: Significados de la modernización en la Sierra colombiana (2008). Click here for a nearly full-text preview.
- Junior co-author with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Economic Clusters or Cultural Commons? The Limits of Competition-Driven Development in the Ecuadorian Andes. Latin American Research Review, 2009.
- Ecuadorian Apparel, Apparently Global with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. Anthropology News, 2006.
- Disappearing Act: Race and the Neo-Liberal State in Nationalism's Bloody Terrain: Racism, Class Inequality, And Politics of Recognition, 2005.
- Inverting Development Discourse in Colombia: Transforming Andean Hearths. American Anthropologist, 2002. Copyright 2002 American Anthropological Association.
For current offerings, see the Hartwick Anthropology Courses, and for a syllabus from a wide range of anthropology, please visit the American Anthropological Association Teaching Materials Exchange.
- First Year Seminar: Being Alive
- Introduction to Anthropology (click for thoughts on the 2014 version of this course)
- Cultural Anthropology
- Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean (click for thoughts on this J-term course)
- Linguistic Anthropology
- Cultural Ecology