Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1995
M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1990
B.A., English, with Distinction, University of Virginia, 1983
Studied literature and political economy at Cambridge University, England, 1981-1982
Feminist anthropology, political and legal anthropology, historical anthropology, cultural politics, gender, ethnicity, colonialism, development, missionization, indigenous rights, pastoralism, transnationalism, social movements, ethics and politics of research; Africa.
Dorothy L. Hodgson is Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, the former Director of the Rutgers’ Institute for Research on Women and a past President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. As a historical anthropologist, she has worked in Tanzania, East Africa, for over twenty-five years on such topics as gender, ethnicity, cultural politics, colonialism, nationalism, modernity, the missionary encounter, transnational organizing, and the indigenous rights movement. She is the author of Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World (Indiana, 2011), The Church of Women: Gendered Encounters Between Maasai and Missionaries (Indiana, 2005), and Once Intrepid Warriors: Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development (Indiana, 2001); and editor of Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights (Pennsylvania, 2011), Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave, 2001) and Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist (James Currey, 2000); and co-editor “Wicked” Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa (Heinemann, 2001). She is currently completing a book on gender justice and collective action in Africa, as well as a book of essays on the ethics and politics of ethnographic research. Her work has been supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, American Council for Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2013-14)
Residential Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (2013)
Honorable Mention, Senior Book Award, American Ethnological Society, for Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous (2012)
Research Director, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, for "Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights," with Dr. Pamela Scully (2012)
International Scholar, Central Asia Research and Training Initiative (CARTI), Open Society Institute (2010-2012)
Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School, Rutgers University (2009)
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (2006-7)
Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2005-6)
Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2005-6)
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (2005-6)
Faculty Fellow, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture seminar on "Citizenship" (2003-2004)
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Research on Women seminar on "Reconfiguring Gender and Class: Identities, Rights and Social Movements" (2003-2004)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2001-2002)
Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers University (2001)
Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society (1999-2000)
Anne U. White Award, Association of American Geographers (1999-2000, with Richard Schroeder)
Richard Carley Hunt Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wenner-Gren (1996-1998)
- Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2011).
- The Church of Women: Gendered Encounters between Maasai and MIssionaries. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2005).
- Once Intrepid Warriors: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2001), paperback edition 2004. Read an H-Net review by Katherine A. Luongo of Once Intrepid Warriors.
Edited Books and Special Issues:
- 2011. Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights. Studies in Human Rights Series, University of Pennsylvania Press.
- 2007. Activisms. Special issue of WSQ [formerly Women’s Studies Quarterly] 35 (3 & 4) (with Ethel Brooks)
- 2002. "Comparative Perspectives on the Indigenous Rights Movement in Africa and the Americas." Special section of American Anthropologist 104(4).
- 2001. "Wicked" Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa .Portsmouth: Heinemann Social History of Africa Series; Oxford:James Curry; CapeTown: David Phillip (with Sheryl McCurdy).
- 2001. Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives New York: St. Martins Press.
- 2000. Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. Oxford: James Currey, Athens: Ohio University Press.
- 2000. Lessons Learned? Development Experiences in the Late Colonial Period. Special issue of Journal of African History 41(1) (with Monica van Beusekom).
- 1996. "Wayward Wives, Misfit Mothers and Disobedient Daughters: 'Wicked' Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa." Special issue of Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue Canadienne des Etudes Africaines 30(1) (with Sheryl McCurdy).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
- 2011. “Introduction: Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights.” In Dorothy L. Hodgson, ed., Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pps. 1-14.
- 2011. “’These are not our Priorities’: Maasai Women, Human Rights and the Problem of Culture.” In Dorothy L. Hodgson, ed., Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pps. 138-157.
- 2011. “The Politics of Naming: Ethical Dilemmas, Disciplinary Divides in Anthropology and History.” In Edward Murphy, David William Cohen, Chandra Bhimull, Fernando Coronil, Monica E. Patterson, and Julie Skurski, eds. Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Discipline. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pps. 257-272.
- 2009. “Becoming Indigenous in Africa.” African Studies Review 52(3): 1-32.
- 2008. “Northeast Tanzania’s Disappearing Rangelands: Historical Perspectives on Recent Regional Land Use/Cover Change.” Special issue of International Journal of African Historical Studies on Regional Interaction and Land Use in Northern Tanzania, 1850-2000: 41(3): 523-556 (with Lowe Börjeson and Pius Z. Yanda).
- 2008. “Cosmopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the State: The Indigenous Rights Movement in Africa.” In Pnina Werbner, ed. Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism: Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives. Berg.
- 2007. “Introduction: Activisms.” Special issue of WSQ on Activisms 35 (3&4): 14-25 (with Ethel Brooks)
- 2003. "Women's Rights as Human Rights: Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF)." Africa Today, 49(2):1-26.
- 2002. "Introduction: Comparative Perspectives on the Indigenous Rights Movements in Africa and the Americas." American Anthropologist 104(4):1037-1049.
- 2002. "Precarious Alliances: The Cultural Politics and Structural Predicaments of the Indigenous Rights Movement in Tanzania." American Anthropologist 104(4):1086-1097.
- 2002. "Dilemmas of Counter-mapping Community Resources in Tanzania." Development and Change 33(1): 79-100 (with Richard Schroeder).
- 2001. "Wicked Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa." In Dorothy L. Hodgson and Sheryl McCurdy, eds. "Wicked" Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa. Portsmouth: Heinemann Social History of Africa Series.
- 2001. "On Modernity, Gender and Ethnography." In Dorothy L. Hodgson, ed. 2001. Gendered Modernity/Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives New York: St. Martins Press.
- 2000. "Introduction: Gender and Pastoralism in Africa." In Dorothy L. Hodgson, ed. Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. Oxford: James Currey, Athens: Ohio University Press.
- 2000. "Engendered Encounters: Men of the Church and the Church of Women in Maasailand, Tanzania, 1950-1993." Comparative Studies in Society and History 41(1):758-783.
- 2000. "Taking Stock: Ethnohistorical Perspectives on State Control, Ethnic Identity, and Pastoralist Development in Tanganyika, 1940-1961. Journal of African History 41(1):55-78.
- 1999. "Once Intrepid Warriors: Modernity and the Production of Maasai Masculinities." Ethnology 38(2):121-150.
- 1999. "Critical Interventions: Dilemmas of Accountability in Contemporary Ethnographic Research." Special issue of Identities entitled Unintended Consequences: On the Practice of Transnational Cultural Critique 6(2/3):201-224.
- 1999. "Images and Interventions: The Problems of Pastoralist Development." In David M. Anderson and Vigdis Broch-Due, eds., "The Poor are not us": Poverty and Pastoralism in East Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press; London: James Currey, pps.221-239.
- 1999. "Pastoralism, Patriarchy and History: Changing Gender Relations Among Maasai in Tanganyika, 1890-1940." Journal of African History 40(1):41-65.
- 1999. "Women as Children: Culture, Political Economy and Gender Inequality among Kisongo Maasai." Special issue of Nomadic Peoples (n.s.) entitled East African Pastoralists at the Crossroads 3(2)115-130.
- 1997. "Embodying the Contradictions of Modernity: Gender and Spirit Possession among Maasai in Tanzania." In Maria Grosz-Ngate and Omari Kokole, eds., Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa. New York & London: Routledge, pps. 111-129.
- 1996. "'My Daughter...Belongs to the Government Now': Marriage, Maasai and the Tanzanian State." Canadian Journal of African Studies /Revue Canadienne des Etudes Africaines 30(1): 106-123.
- 1996. "Wayward Wives, Misfit Mothers, and Disobedient Daughters: 'Wicked' Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa."
- Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue Canadienne des Etudes Africaines. 30(1): 1-9 (with Sheryl McCurdy).
Graduate Courses: Culture & Capitalism; Anthropology of Development; History & Anthropology; Research Design and Methods in Cultural Anthropology; Anthropology of Gender.
Undergraduate Courses: Anthropology of Development; Anthropology of Africa; Women Writing Culture; Anthropology of Gender; Culture, Memory, and History; Gender and Power in Africa; Gender, Development, Environment: Politics, Perspectives, Politics; The Rights & Wrongs of Indigenous Peoples; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, 2006 – present
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, 2001-2006
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, 1995-2001
Member, Graduate Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, 1995-present
Member, Center for African Studies, 1995-present
Member, Graduate Certificate Program in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, 1996-present
Chair, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, 2010-Present
Director, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, 2007-2010
Graduate Program Director, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, 2002-05
Diocesan Coordinator of Development, Arusha Diocesan Development Office, Tanzania, 1986-87
Other Selected Professional Experiences and Activities
- Association for Feminist Anthropology: President (2009-2011); President-elect (2007-2009); Elected member, Board of Directors (2004-6), Program Co-Chair (2002-4)
- African Studies Association: Board of Directors, (1997-2000); Steering Committee, Women's Caucus (1998-2005
- Editorial Boards: Associate Editor, Signs (2005- ); WSQ (formerly Women’s Studies Quarterly) (2004-7 ); Women in Africa and the Diaspora Series, edited by Stanlie James and Aili Marie Tripp, University of Wisconsin Press (2002-); Social Text (1996-2001)
- Women's Development Field Worker/Project Writer, ADDO, Tanzania (1985-86) -- Worked for full integration of women's participation in all phases of project design and implementation. Wrote project proposals, newsletters, and commentaries on social issues in Tanzania.
Former and Currents Ph.D. Students Supervised
- Cathrine Paige West, Ph.D. 2000. “The Practices, Ideologies and Consequences of Conservation and Development in Papua New Guinea.” Currently a tenured Associate Professor at Barnard College/Columbia University (Co-chair with Professor George Morren).
- Jessica Libove, Ph.D. 2005. “Gender, Power and Performance in Urban Senegal.” Currently employed as contract researcher.
- Nia Parson, Ph.D. 2005. “Gender, Trauma and Healing in Chile.” Currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University (Co-chair with Professor Peter Guarnaccia)
- Mona Bhan, Ph.D. 2006. “Visible Margins: State, Identity and Development among Brogpas of Ladakh (India).” Currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Depauw University.
- Debarati Sen, Ph.D. 2009. “From Illegal to Organic: Fair Trade-Organic Tea Production and Women’s Political Futures in Darjeeling, India.” Currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Kennesaw University.
- Chaunetta Jones, “Economic Inequality and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.” (Co-chair with Professor Peter Guarnaccia).
- Omotayo Jolaosho; Ph.D. 2013, "“You can’t go to War Without Song: Performance and Community Mobilization in Post-Apartheid South Africa.”
- Marshall Brooks; Study of the experiences of Mormon apostates in Utah.
- Siad Darwish; Study of negotiations of American and Iraqi masculinities in Iraq.
- Katie Orlemanski; study of the gender, development and the "girl child" in Kenya