Faye V. Harrison is a Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology as well as a Faculty Affiliate with the Program on Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. She is a sociocultural & political anthropologist specializing in the study of social inequalities, human rights, and intersections of race, gender, class, & (trans)national belonging (or not belonging). She has also contributed to the history and politics of anthropology and of African American/African Diaspora studies. Some of her recent writings address domestic and international divisions of intellectual labor and performing diverse acts of theory-work on “ex-centric” stages.
She earned her BA at Brown University and her MA and PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University. She has done research in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and South Africa as well as in the United States. Her intellectual interests and professional activities have also taken her to many other places in the world, including Nigeria, India, Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan, and China. She has published extensively on the gendered division of labor within Jamaica’s urban informal economy; the interplay of gangs, crime, and politics in Jamaica; the impact of neoliberal globalization on everyday life in Jamaica, Cuba, and the United States; racism, antiracism, and human rights in the global context; and critical race feminist methodology as a tool for global research.
Dr. Harrison is the author of Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age and editor of and contributor to Resisting Racism & Xenophobia: Global Perspectives on Race, Gender, & Human Rights; African-American Pioneers in Anthropology (co-ed.); and three editions of DecolonizingAnthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology for Liberation. She has contributed to several important anthologies on the African Diaspora, among them: Afro-Descendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas; Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line; Afro-Atlantic Dialogues:Anthropology in the Diaspora; and Blackness in Latin America & the Caribbean. Her writings also appear in several significant feminist collections, among them: Third World Women & the Politics of Feminism; Women Writing Culture; Situated Lives: Gender & Culture inEveryday Life; Gender & Globalization: Women Navigating Cultural & Economic Marginalities; and most recently Feminist Activist Ethnography (for which she wrote the foreword).
Among the awards she has received are: the William R. Jones Most Valuable Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund (2013), the Legacy Scholar Award from the Association of Black Anthropologists (2010), the Presidential Award from the American Anthropological Association (2007 and 2018), the Zora Neale Hurston Award for Mentoring, Service & Scholarship (2007) from the Southern Anthropological Society, and the Society for the Anthropology of North America Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America (2004). Most recently, she was selected to receive the Bronislaw Malinowski Award from the Society of Applied Anthropology at its March 2022 annual meeting.
She is a past President of the Association of Black Anthropologists (1989-91) and also served twice on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (1990-91, 1999-01). From 1998-2009, she chaired the Commission on the Anthropology of Women, a unit of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). In 2013 she was elected to a five-year term as President of that global organization. During her term of office, the IUAES Executive Committee collaborated with the leadership of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) to establish the World Anthropological Union (WAU), whose inaugural steering committee she co-chaired.
Harrison has published extensively on the gendered division of labor within Jamaica’s urban informal economy; the interplay of gangs, crime, and politics in Jamaica; the impact of neoliberal globalization on everyday life in Jamaica, Cuba, and the United States; racism, antiracism, and human rights in the global context; and critical race feminist methodology as a tool for global research.
Anthropology, Ph.D., Stanford University
Anthropology, M.A., Stanford University
Anthropology, B.A., Brown University
AFRO 597 Problems in African American Studies: Race & Racism
AFRO 415 Africana Feminisms
AFRO 298 Black Lives Matter: Human Rights Perspectives
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, African American Studies
Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Harrison, F. V., & Bolles, A. L. (2021). Audrey Smedley (1930–2020): A Leading Scholar in the Anthropology and History of Race. Transforming Anthropology, 29(1), 6-8. https://doi.org/10.1111/traa.12200
Harrison, F. V., & Goncalves Junior, S. W. P. (2020). From "Outsider Within" to "Outsider with Us". Interfaces Científicas - Educação, 8(2), 315-353. https://doi.org/10.17564/2316-3828.2020v8n2p315-353
Harrison, F. V. (2020). Valorizing Our Ancestors and Elders: Remembering Ira E. Harrison. Transforming Anthropology, 28(2), 115-116. https://doi.org/10.1111/traa.12193
Harrison, F. Y. (2019). Gangs, grassroots politics, and the crisis of dependent capitalism in Jamaica. In Perspectives In U.s. Marxist Anthropology (pp. 186-210). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429301445-9
Harrison, F. V. (2019). Making the ambiguities, absent presences and contradictions of racialisation analytically legible: reflections on a critical intellectual imperative. Social Anthropology, 27(4), 641-654. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12720