EUS Faculty

Michèle D. Dominy

Michèle D. Dominy

Office: Hegeman 301
Phone: 845-758-7870

Professor of Anthropology
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Anthropology, Environmental and Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global and International 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 issue of Anthropological Forum on “Critical Ethnography in the Pacific.” 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. At Bard since 1981.

Research Interests: attachment to place; mountain and range lands; settler descendent populations; New Zealand and Australia; national parks and protected areas

Teaching Interests: anthropology of place; ethnography of communication; anthropology of religion; interpretive anthropology; cultural identity and the nation state

Other Interests: anthropology and literature; anthropology and exploration; empire and ecology

Select Publications
2018     Victoria Stead and Michèle D. Dominy (guest editors). Moral Horizons of Land and Place. Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. 28( 1).

2018     Victoria Stead and Michèle Dominy. Introduction: Moral horizons of land and place. Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology 28 (1): 1-15. DOI:10.1080/00664677.2018.1429251

2018     Postcolonial settler ecologies and native species regeneration on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Special Journal Issue: “Moral Horizons of Land and Place,” edited by Victoria Stead and Michèle Dominy for Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology 28(1): 89- 106. DOI: 10.1080/00664677.2018.1431203

2016 “Maori Women’s/Feminist Activism.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, edited by Nancy Naples. New York: Wiley Blackwell.
2008 “Pulling the Right Thread.” In The Ethnographic Life and Legacy of Jane C. Goodale, edited by Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi and Jeanette Dickerson-Putman 44-55. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

2005 “Anthropology ‘In the Savage Slot’: Reflections on the Epistemology of Knowledge.” With Laurence M. Carucci. In Special Issue: Critical Ethnography in the Pacific: Transformations in Pacific Moral Orders. Edited with Laurence M. Carucci. Anthropological Forum 15(3): 223-234.
2001 Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand’s High Country. Lanham, MD/Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.
2002/3 “Hearing Grass, Thinking Grass: Postcolonialism and Ecology in Aotearoa-New Zealand.” Cultural Geographies 9: 15-34. Reprinted in Disputed Territories: Land, Culture, and Identity in Settler Societies, edited by David Trigger and Gareth Griffiths, 53-80. Hong Kong University Press.
1999 “Legislating a Sustainable Land Ethic in New Zealand.” Special issue: Sustainability in the Small Island States of the Pacific, edited by C. Stevens and M. Evans. Pacific Studies 22(3/4): 47-80.
1997 “The Alpine Landscape In Australian Mythologies of Ecology and Nation.” Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy, edited by B. Ching and G.W. Creed, 237-265. New York: Routledge.
1995 “White Assertions of Native Status.” American Ethnologist 22(2):359-375.
1993b   “Photojournalism, Anthropology, and Ethnographic Authority.” Cultural Anthropology 8(3): 317-337.
1993  “'Lives Were Always Here': The Inhabited Landscape of the New Zealand High Country.” Special issue on Custom Today, edited by G. White and L. Lindstrom. Anthropological Forum 6(4): 567-585.
1990b  “New Zealand's Waitangi Tribunal: Cultural Politics of an Anthropology of the New Zealand High Country.” Anthropology Today 6(2)[April]: 11-15.
1990a  “Maori Sovereignty: A Feminist Invention of Tradition.” In Cultural Identity and Ethnicity in the Pacific, edited by J. Linnekin and L Poyer, 237-257. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Reprinted University of Hawaii Press, 1996.
1986 “Lesbian-feminist Gender Conceptions: Separatists in Christchurch, New Zealand.” Signs. Journal of Women in Culture and Society 11(2): 274-289.