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BA, University of California, Berkeley

MA, University of California, Santa Cruz

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses Taught

Society and Culture

Visual Anthropology

America through Ethnography

Queer Ethnography

Anthropology of Publics

Applying Anthropology

Research Interests



Film and Media

Anthropology of Publics

Medical Anthropology


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.

2009. “The Public Lives of Aging,” Anthropology News 50(8): 10.

Jason Alley

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

 Email:   Room 109, Godfrey Hall

Jason is a sociocultural 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 film and media, racial formations and queer forms of critique to the table.  He recently edited the special dossier “Aftereffects: The Pulse Nightclub Shootings” for the journal GLQ and is presently at work on a book exploring the precarities and possibilities around aging in queer and non-queer America.

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