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Goldfarb, Kathryn Elissa Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Goldfarb's research explores how social inclusion and exclusion shape holistic well-being and embodied experience. In Japan, her research focuses on the stakes of disconnection from family networks. She conducts ethnographic research at child welfare institutions, with foster and adoptive families, with networks of youth who grew up in state care, and with people who have used infertility treatment. Her research examines how kinship ideologies articulate with discourses of Japanese national and cultural identity, how these discourses shape understandings of what is “normal,” and how these concepts of normalcy are caught up in global circuits of knowledge surrounding human development, child rights, and concepts of “care” under the rubric of social welfare. She is particularly interested in the ways that neuroscientific evidence is mobilized in the context of claims regarding early life adversity, development, and a person’s ability to make interpersonal connections.

keywords

  • Kinship, medical anthropology and mental health, social determinants of health and well-being, semiotics, narrative, engaged anthropology, anthropology of Japan

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ANTH 2100 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Covers current theories in cultural anthropology and discusses the nature of field work. Explores major schools of thought and ethnographic fieldwork in a range of cultures studied by anthropologists. Required for Anthropology majors.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 5020.
  • ANTH 4605 - Anthropology of Neuroscience
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the connections between the production and social uptake of neuroscientific knowledge, and explores how transformations in neuroscience shape understandings of human nature. Focusing on anthropological, philosophical, and popular literature, this course addresses the following themes through a cultural and anthropological lens: subjectivity and neuroimaging, disability and neurodiversity, child development, gender, risk and neoliberal governance, and the production of scientific expertise. Same as ANTH 5605.
  • ANTH 4615 - Kinship: Being and Belonging
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores interpersonal relationships as foundational objects of analysis. This course takes a comparative approach to examine both large-scale social movements and intimate practices, examining how the ideologies and practices of relatedness intersect with and are shaped by gender and sexuality, national identity and state building, race and ethnicity, embodiment, ways of understanding signs in the world (semiotics), the law, and economic relationships. Previously offered as a special topics course. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2100.
  • ANTH 4700 - Practicing Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Learn ethnographic methods in the classroom and implement these skills in placements with community organizations, where students pursue an applied research project. This course teaches students how to use anthropological theory and methods to investigate social problems, and to consider how ethnographic research techniques can be applied to positively impact society. Same as ANTH 5700.
  • ANTH 5020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4020.
  • ANTH 5605 - Anthropology of Neuroscience
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the connections between the production and social uptake of neuroscientific knowledge, and explores how transformations in neuroscience shape understandings of human nature. Focusing on anthropological, philosophical, and popular literature, this course addresses the following themes through a cultural and anthropological lens: subjectivity and neuroimaging, disability and neurodiversity, child development, gender, risk and neoliberal governance, and the production of scientific expertise. Same as ANTH 4605.
  • ANTH 5700 - Practicing Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Learn ethnographic methods in the classroom and implement these skills in placements with community organizations, where students pursue an applied research project. This course teaches students how to use anthropological theory and methods to investigate social problems, and to consider how ethnographic research techniques can be applied to positively impact society. Same as ANTH 4700.
  • ANTH 7000 - Seminar: Current Research Topics in Cultural Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Discusses current research and theoretical issues in the field of cultural anthropology. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 7015 - Kinship: Being and Belonging
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores interpersonal relationships as foundational objects of analysis. This course takes a comparative approach to examine both large-scale social movements and intimate practices, examining how the ideologies and practices of relatedness intersect with and are shaped by gender and sexuality, national identity and state building, race and ethnicity, embodiment, ways of understanding signs in the world (semiotics), the law, and economic relationships. Previously offered as a special topics course.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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