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di Leonardo Works on Historical Ethnography

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January 24, 2006

Micaela di Leonardo, professor of anthropology and performance studies, is spending the 2005-06 academic year in Santa Fe, N.M., in a National Endowment for the Humanities residential fellowship at the School of American Research.

She is finishing her historical ethnography of political economy and public culture in New Haven, Conn., "The View from Cavallaro's: History, Power and Public Culture in New Haven".

di Leonardo has been engaged in ethnographic research on race, gender, urban representation and economic restructuring in New Haven since 1987. She is focusing on one changing neighborhood in the context of larger political and economic shifts, especially in terms of race and gender politics. This emphasis counters the bent of most urban studies, which often fail to connect the residents of American neighborhoods to cities and the global forces that affect them.

In connection with this and other research and writing, di Leonardo was also awarded the Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America Award by the Society for the Anthropology of North America at the American Anthropological Association Meetings in December.

In March, di Leonardo, with Northwestern faculty Nancy MacLean (history) and Dorothy Roberts (law), will join her seven other interdisciplinary scholars in a six-day Advanced Seminar at the School of American Research on New Landscapes of Inequality.

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