Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology
Naomi Quinn received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1971. Her research has pursued the reconstruction, from reasoning, metaphor, narrative, and other features of their discourse on it, of Americans’ cultural understandings of marriage. Recent research pursues the effects of early attachment and separation on adult intimate relationships cross-culturally. Her enduring interest is in the nature of culture: its sharedness, force, enduringness, and thematicity. She is part of a current effort in cognitive anthropology to explain these and other properties of culture on the basis of schema theory and, within this framework, to relate culture to language, cognition, motivation, affect, psychodynamic processes, and individual experience. Her research is represented by a series of books, book chapters, and articles. Also reflected in several of her articles is an ongoing interest in anthropological research on gender.
Quinn, N, and Mathews, HF. "Emotional arousal in the making of cultural selves." Anthropological Theory 16.4 (December 2016): 359-389. Full Text
Quinn, N. "Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent. Susan Seymour. Nebraska University Press. 2015. xi+423pp." Ethos 43.4 (December 2015): E27-E29. Full Text
Quinn, N. "Book Essay: Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human SocietyMixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society. By PaulRobert A.Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, x + 353 pp., $90.00 hardcover, $30.00 paperback." Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 63.6 (December 2015): 1296-1301. Full Text
Quinn, N. "A Critique of Wierzbicka's Theory of Cultural Scripts: The Case of Ifaluk Fago." Ethos 43.2 (June 2015): 165-186. Full Text
Quinn, N. "Commentary: Good Ethnographies Make Good Theories." ETHOS 38.4 (December 2010): 441-448. Full Text
Quinn, N. "SOCIETY FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 2009 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Biennial Meeting, March 28, 2009, Asilomar, CA." ETHOS 38.2 (June 2010).
Quinn, N. "Commentary: Good Ethnographies Make Good Theory." Ethos 38.4 (2010): 442-449. (Academic Article)
Quinn, N, and Strauss, C. "Introduction to special issue on the missing psychology in cultural anthropology's key words." Anthropological Theory 6.3 (December 1, 2006): 267-279. Full Text