My primary focus is to better promote anthropological knowledge and understandings, extending classroom teaching and research to a wider audience. For 2015-2017 I am a co-editor for Open Anthropology a public journal of the American Anthropological Association. I write the anthropology blogs Living Anthropologically and Anthropology Report.
- Plscussant for plenary session on “The Future(?) of the Liberal Arts” at the annual conference of the Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program. May 2015
- Discussant for the session on Anthropology and Storytelling. For a transcript see Transformational Storytelling Anthropology. American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, DC. December 2014.
- 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.
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. Our forthcoming book is Fast, Easy, and In Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy, to be published in October 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.
- "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?
- 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 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 Hartwick Anthropology Courses Fall 2015. For a syllabus from a wide range of anthropology, please visit the American Anthropological Association Teaching Materials Exchange.
- Introduction to Anthropology (click for thoughts on the 2015 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