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Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University

German Transatlantic Program Fellow - Class of Fall 2011


Elizabeth Povinelli is a professor of anthropology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the co-director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture. She is the author of numerous books and essays and a former editor of the academic journal Public Culture. Povinelli is the author of Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism (Duke, 2011), The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Geneology, and Carnality (Duke, 2006), The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism (Duke, 2002), and Labor’s Lot: The Power, History, and Culture of Aboriginal Action (University of Chicago Press, 1994). Povinelli’s work focuses on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. This task is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities within settler liberalisms.