Faculty

The faculty of the European Studies Program consists of the Director and core faculty in the Anthrpology Department who rotate as Field Program supervisors.

Core Faculty

Jacqueline Urla, Director. Dr. Urla has been conducting ethnographic research on the popular dimensions of the Basque language revival movement in the southern (Spanish) Basque country. Spanning linguistic and cultural studies, her work has tracked the changing discourses and strategies of language loyalists: from the efforts to create a standard Basque, the use of statistical measures, to alternative media and music. She is concerned with how language fits into the Basque identity and the nationalist imaginary. Most recently, she’s been exploring the attempts to craft informal registers for youth and with the impact on cultural activism of state anti-terrorism. For more information see http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~jurla.

Elizabeth Krause is a cultural anthropologist interested in population politics and fertility decline in Italy. Her areas of specialization include nationalism, ethnicity, race, gender, political economy, historical anthropology, ethnography. Among her recent publications are "Empty Cradles" and the Quiet Revolution: Demographic Discourse and Cultural Struggles of Gender, Race and Class in Italy. Cultural Anthropology v.16 no. 4. (2001), and A Crisis of Births: Population Politics and Family-Making in Italy. Wadsworth (2005). The recipient of a Wenner Gren Foundation Fellowship (2004), she is currently writing a new book entitled, Fertile Protest: Memory, Demographic Decline and Economic Angst in Italy. She had her debut as supervisor of the fieldstudies program in 2003/2004.

Krista Harper studies environmental and social movements in Eastern Europe, conducting long-term ethnographic research in Budapest, Hungary. She has written about health and environmental risks in Hungary, analyzing narratives about the Chernobyl disaster and contemporary debates on genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. In 2005 Professor Harper will be a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar developing a project on race, ethnicity, and Roma (Gypsy) civil rights in the European Union. In addition to her work in Eastern Europe, Professor Harper has conducted fieldwork in Portugal, France, and the Netherlands, and she started her anthropological career as an undergraduate working on an archaeological dig in Chartres, France. She speaks Hungarian and French.

Julie Hemment researches processes of societal transformation in postsocialist Russia. She is interested in topics of gender and postsocialism, NGOs and global civil society, feminist anthropology and Participatory Action Research Methodology. Among her recent publications are: “Global civil society and the local costs of belonging: defining ‘violence against women’ in Russia”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 29 (3), Spring 2004: 815-840; and “The Riddle of the Third Sector: civil society, western aid and NGOs in Russia”. Anthropological Quarterly, 77(2), Spring 2004. She is currently working on a book entitled Gendered Interventions: Women's Activism and Action Research in Postsocialist Russia. She will be supervising the fieldstudies program in 2004/2005.

Oriol Pi-Sunyer has conducted research in Europe since the early 1970s. His publications address issues of identity, language and power, modern state systems, transnationalism, and cultural memory. The site of much of this work is Catalonia where he is currently engaged in a study of North African immigrants. Research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright, and the Spanish-US Treaty of Cooperation. He has held appointments as a visiting professor and/or research fellow at the universities of Amsterdam and Barcelona. His most recent tenure as Field Director was in 2002.

David Samuels is a linguistic and social anthropologist. He is interested in discourse analysis, anthropological aesthetics, cultural rhetorics and poetics; popular culture, narrative, language and identity, ethnomusicology, and ethnicity, in the fourth world, United States southwest and contemporary Native America.

Michael Sugerman researches the role of "ordinary," staple goods in the economic and political interaction among the many societies of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1550 - 1150 BCE) in the eastern Mediterranean. In his current research he is using petrographic analysis to investigate the production and distribution of "Canaanite Jars," (a type of transport and storage container) excavated at sites around the eastern Mediterranean. Dr. Sugerman has been involved in archaeological research projects in Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Palestine, and Turkey.

Alan Swedlund holds research interests in Europe that have to do with the demographic and health transitions of Victorian and Edwardian England. He is currently studying how these transitions influenced medicine and public health policy in nineteenth century New England. Dr. Swedlund's most recent term as Field Studies Director was in 2001. He was a visiting scholar at St. John's College, Oxford, and using the research libraries in Oxford. For more information see http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~swedlund/

H. Martin Wobst is an archaeologist whose interests include Old World prehistory, ecology and demography of egalitarian societies and Pleistocene ecology.

Adjunct Faculty

Andrew Lass is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College and an adjunct faculty of UMass Department of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst Anthropology Department and the Field Program in European Studies. He teaches courses in language in culture and society, contemporary theory, and the anthropology of history. His research interests include contemporary anthropological theory, the anthropology of history, science and technology, organizational behavior, and symbolic anthropology. His area specialty is Central Europe, specifically the Czech/Slovak Republic. For more information, see http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/soci/faculty/al/faclass.html.

Susan M. DiGiacomo is an adjunct faculty member and research associate in the Department of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts. Like Dr. Lass, Dr. DiGiacomo is also a graduate of this department and of the Field Program in European Studies. Both a political anthropologist and a medical anthropologist, she has published on nationalism and language ideology in Catalonia, changing conditions of professional labor in the academy, and on illness narratives and biomedical discourse in both the US and Catalonia. She works in Barcelona as a medical editor and translator.