Elizabeth J Chin

I am an anthropologist and ethnographer with a varied practice that includes performative scholarship, collaborative research, vernacular electronics, and experimental writing. My work interrogates race and racism with fieldwork in the US and in Haiti. Currently I am Editor in Chief of American Anthropologist.

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Check out this presentation for the Smithsonian’s Afrofuturism Symposium

1996 Ph.D., City University of New York Graduate Center, Anthropology
1985 BFA, New York University, double major in Drama and Anthropology

Elizabeth J Chin Curriculum Vitae (I haven’t updated this in ages…..)

Books (click titles for more info)

Selected Articles

Book Chapters 

  • Forthcoming “The Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology,” in Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway, and Genevieve Bell, eds.
  • Forthcoming “Teaching Anthropological Theory” in The Routledge Guide to Anthropology, Susan Hyatt, ed. Routledge.
  • 2015 Chin, Elizabeth, Morgan Marzec, Cayla McCrae and Tina Zeng “Caminemos Juntos,” in Participatory Digital and Visual Methods, Krista Harper, and Marty Otañez,eds. Left Coast Press.
  • 2015 “Barbie Sex Videos: Making Sense of Children’s Media-making” in Doll Studies: The Meaning of Toys and Girls’ Play Miriam Forman-Brunell, ed. New York: Peter Lang.
  • 2013 “The Neoliberal Institutional Review Board” in Feminist Activist Ethnography and Neoliberalism, Dana-Ain Davis and Christa Craven, eds. Lexington Books.
  • 2007  “Power-Puff Ethnography/Guerilla Research: Children as Native Ethnographers.” In Representing Youth: Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies, edited by Amy Best, 269–83. New York: NYU Press.
  • 2006 “African American Consumptionin Encyclopedia of Sociology, George Ritzer, ed. Blackwell Press.
  • 2001 “Feminist Theory and the Ethnography of Children’s Worlds: Barbie in New Haven, Connecticut” in Children and Anthropology: Perspectives for the 21st Century, Helen Schwartzman, ed. Westport: Bergin and Garvey, pp. 129-148.