Bard Faculty

Michèle D. Dominy

Professor of Anthropology and Environmental and Urban Studies

Primary Academic Program: Anthropology

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Environmental and Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Academic Expertise: Anthropology

Area of Specialization: Social and cultural anthropology


A.B. (honors), Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University. Awards and fellowships: 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; Bard Research Fund. Field research in New Zealand and Australia. Author, 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. Guest coeditor of special issues of Anthropological Forum on “Critical Ethnography in the Pacific” (2005) and Moral Horizons of Land and Place (2018). Served on the editorial board of American Anthropologist and on the boards of the American Conference of Academic Deans and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Past editor, Pacific Monograph Series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Honorary life member of the American Anthropological Association; Fellow of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Royal Anthropological Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Society for Applied Anthropology. Evaluator, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dean of the College (2001–2015) and Vice President (2006–2015). At Bard since 1981.


  • Research Interests: Colonial and postcolonial ecologies; mountain and range lands; anthropology of plants; settler descendent societies; national parks and protected areas
  • Teaching Interests: Anthropology of place; ethnography of communication; anthropology of religion; interpretive and symbolic anthropology; cultural identity and the nation state
  • Other Interests: Anthropology and literature; anthropology and exploration


Phone: 845-758-7870
Location: Hegeman Science Hall
Office: 301