Elizabeth J Chin

I am a Professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA teaching in the MFA program Media Design Practices.  My work spans a variety of topics–race, consumption, Barbie–but nearly always engages marginalized youth in collaboratively taking on the complexities of the world around them.  I have current projects in Los Angeles, and Haiti and have engaged partners including the Los Angeles Police Department, numerous public schools, Jovenes, Inc. in Boyle Heights, and Lekòl Kominotè Matènwa in Haiti.  A specialist in Haitian Folkloric dance, I have performed professionally and still occasionally teach dance.  Taking writing very, very seriously, my work increasingly investigates the ethnographic voice with an eye toward decolonizing anthropological knowledge as it appears on the page. I am also Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist.



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

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.