Michèle D. Dominy

Michèle D. Dominy, professor of anthropology, began teaching at Bard in February 1981.
She received her A.B. degree with honors from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Professor Dominy's teaching interests include the anthropology of place, feminist anthropology, interpretive anthropology, the anthropology of religion, and the ethnography of communication. Her research areas include land, culture and identity in settler societies; place attachment and sustainability in mountain lands; and empire and ecology. She has conducted long-term field research in the high country of New Zealand and Australia. She is the author of Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand’s High Country (2001) and articles and reviews in Signs, New Zealand Women’s Studies Journal, Pacific Studies, Anthropology Today, Gender and Society, Pacific Affairs, Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Forest and Conservation History, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Forum, Cultural Anthropology, Man, Landscape Review, Current Anthropology, Journal of Political Ecology, Ecumene, The Contemporary Pacific, and edited volumes and proceedings. She was the guest coeditor of a special issue of Anthropological Forum on “Critical Ethnography in the Pacific,” and is a past editor of the Pacific Monograph Series, University of Pennsylvania Press. She has received awards and grants from Cornell University and Center for International Studies; National Science Foundation; United States/New Zealand Council; Wenner-Gren Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; Cultural Heritage Conservation Research Centre at the University of Canberra; and the Bard Research Fund. She is an honorary life member of the American Anthropological Association and Fellow of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, the Royal Anthropological Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Professor Dominy is an evaluator at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Most recently she has served on the editorial board of the American Anthropologist and on the board of the American Conference of Academic Deans. She is affiliated with the Global and International Studies, Gender Studies and Sexuality, and Environmental and Urban Studies programs. She served as dean of the college from 2001-2015 and as vice president from 2006 until 2015.

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