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Lisa Anderson-Levy

Lisa Anderson-Levy
Office phone: x2293

General Interests
Lisa’s areas of interest are feminist theory and methodologies, ethnographic methods, critical race theory, citizenship and nationalism, the production and theorization of difference, postcolonial theory, sexuality and the state, color/race, gender, and class in the Caribbean and United States. In addition to introductory classes in anthropology Lisa also teaches classes on Race and Culture, Whitenesses, Gender and Society, Citizenship, and area studies in the Caribbean. She leads an ethnographic field school program in Kingston, Jamaica. Approximately a dozen students have the opportunity to design, conduct, and write up their own research.

Lisa’s current research focuses on the concept of whiteness in Jamaica and the impact of “studying-up” in anthropology. Most work on whiteness is in the United States and Europe with little transnational recognition that there are other kinds of whitenesses. The study in Jamaica will contribute to raising recognition of the conceptual nuances involved in exploring whitenesses. Lisa hopes to expand these concepts to thinking through difference in general including race, ethnicity, sex, sexuality, class, and nationality. During her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Professor at Beloit Since: 2008

Ph.D., Anthropology, Feminist Studies Minor. 2008. University of Minnesota.
B.A., Anthropology. 1998. Washington State University.

Teaching Philosophy
A central part of Lisa’s teaching philosophy is acknowledging that learning does not only happen in one direction. Everyone involved in a course can participate in the production of knowledge and contribute new ideas and ways of thinking. Her classes are designed to provide a space for contributions from all class members.

Selected Professional Accomplishments:

Field Work
Ongoing ethnographic study of whiteness in Jamaica.

Conducting Ethnographic Field School in Jamaica. Winter 2011. Beloit College.


"Talking with Lisa Anderson-Levy" in Beloit College Magazine. 2010.

Campus and Community Involvement
Spoke about diversity to non-traditional students as a guest speaker at Blackhawk Technical College in Beloit, WI. Fall 2009.

Presented “Understanding the Differences Among Us” to a women's Christian group in Beloit, WI. Spring 2010.

Spoke about white privilege at Franklin Middle School in Janesville, WI. Fall 2009.

Spoke about white privilege with Phi Psi, a fraternity at Beloit College. Spring 2010.

Facilitated discussion about “Whiteness and Heteronormativity” with Black Students United, a club at Beloit College. Spring 2009.

What Students Say

“She is very approachable and amazing to talk to. Our conversations could easily take up an entire afternoon”

− Kelly Allen, International Relations Major, ‘11