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Lisa Anderson-Levy

General Interests
Feminist Anthropology; Activist Anthropology; Caribbean Anthropology; Critical Race Theory; Gender and Sexualities; Transnational Whiteness; Citizenship and Nationalism; Postcolonial Theory; Knowledge Production

Professor at Beloit Since: 2008

Ph.D., Anthropology, Feminist Studies. 2008. University of Minnesota.
B.A., Anthropology and Women's Studies. 1998. Washington State University.

Teaching Philosophy
Teaching is a political act; one that transforms both teacher and student. Political because the production of knowledge involves choices about which voices get heard, which are suppressed, and which are ignored completely. Transformative because the dynamic nature of learning requires that all the participants in this process actively engage with each other, making the personal connections through which real learning occurs. My role as an educator is to lay the foundation for this learning experience through my choice of materials which reflect the diversity of scholarship in anthropology as well as other disciplines and to facilitate classroom engagements because it is through these connections that transformations occur. 

I view my roles as an educator and researcher as distinctive but with important points of overlap. As an educator, I facilitate classroom explorations. In my role as a researcher, my research, writing, and continuing development as a scholar reflect the dynamic relationship between the intellectual exchange of ideas with peers and students—inside and outside the classroom. Rather than competing interests, I see my roles as educator and researcher as being mutually complementary and supportive. I strive to provide a forum for open though difficult discussions of relevant social, economic, and political issues and employ a variety of teaching strategies to encourage students to explore, think through, and develop an understanding of the world around them. One of the more important aspects of this process is to promote a multifaceted examination of the fundamentality of diversity which is crucial to fostering a deeper awareness of the complexities of the spaces we inhabit.

Selected Professional Accomplishments:

2016-2019 Co-PI Mellon Foundation Grant for the Inclusive Leadership Project at Beloit College ($600,000)

2014-15 Co-PI Mellon Foundation Grant for Critical Engagement of Social Identities at Beloit College ($50,000)

2013 Beloit Rotary, Teacher of the Month Award

2012 Beloit College, Underkofler Undergraduate Teaching Award

2012 Vagina Warrior Award from Beloit College cast of Vagina Monologues

2004-2005 University of Minnesota, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

2004-2005 American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship

2001-2004 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities

2001-2002 P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Scholar Award

2000-2001 University of Minnesota, William W. Stout and Thomas F. Wallace Fellowship

1999 University Fellowship, University of Minnesota, The MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, Sustainability and Justice

1998-1999 University of Minnesota, Educational Opportunity Fellowship

1998 Washington State University, Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

1998 Washington State University, College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Student Achievement Award 

2014 "The End(s) of Difference? Towards an Understanding of the 'Post' in Post-Racial" in Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union, edited by G. Reginald Daniels and Hettie V. Williams. University of Mississippi Press.

2012 "Feminist Anthropology" in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology

2010 "An (Other) Ethnographic Dilemma:  Subjectivity and the Predicament of Studying Up." Transforming Anthropology Vol 18, No 2, October 2010. 

2001 "Colliding/Colluding Identities: Race, Class, and Gender in Jamaican Family Systems." In New Directions in Anthropological Kinship, ed. Linda Stone. Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 

2008 Mindie Lazarus-Black's Everyday Harm: Domestic Violence, Courts Rites, and Cultures of Reconciliation. Journal of Legal Anthropology Vol 1, No 1, November 2008.

American Ethnologist

Selected Presentations:
2015 Roundtable on "'This Too is Ferguson': Denaturalizing Race in Service, Teaching, Mentoring and the Production of Knowledge by Anthropologists at the Margins." American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2015.

2014 "Vulnerable Pedagogies" National Women's Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2014.

2013 Roundtable on "Decolonizing Feminist Anthropology – Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?" American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2013.

2011 "White Nation in a Nation of Blacks: Indigeneity and Belonging Among White Jamaicans," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, November 2011.

2009 "The End(s) of Difference? Towards an Understanding of the "Post" in Post-Racial," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, December 2009.

 2008 "Hyper-visible Invisibility in the Production of 'Deviant' and White Citizens in Jamaica," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2008.

2007 "Out of Many, Whitenesses in Jamaica: The Performance and Production of Difference," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, November 2007.

Community Service:
2014-15 Organizer: "Disciplinary Histories" Faculty Forum Series

2014 Keynote Address Baccalaureate

2014 Elected to the Beloit Board of Education