PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

MA, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

BA, Film, University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

Society and Culture

Visual Anthropology

America through Ethnography

Queer Ethnography

Anthropology of Publics

Politics of Care

Ethnographic Methods

Research Interests



Medical Anthropology

Film and Media

Anthropology of Publics


Gender and Sexuality


Ethnographic Praxis


2018. Introduction, “Aftereffects: The Pulse Nightclub Shootings,” The GLQ Forum, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 24(1): 1-2.

2016. “Queer Space.” In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender & Sexuality Studies, eds., Nancy Naples, Renee C. Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe and Wai Ching Angela Wong. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

2011. “Sweetgrass,” American Anthropologist 113(3): 507-508.

Jason Alley

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2085  Office: Room 109, Godfrey Hall

Jason is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on the situated histories, places, institutions, narratives and cultures that shape American social life.  His most recent research has examined the everyday politics of aging in the United States, looking at the elderpublics, aging lifeworlds and welfarist futures coming into being in San Francisco, California.  Approaching ethnography as a mode of research and a genre of writing, he aims to get students to understand the tradeoffs embedded in fieldwork alongside the representational choices made by ethnographers.  Jason also brings ongoing interests in medical anthropology, film and media, racial formations and queer forms of critique to his research, writing and teaching.  He is presently at work on a book exploring the precarities and possibilities around aging in queer and non-queer America.

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