Ralph A Litzinger
  • Ralph A Litzinger

  • Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies; Faculty Director of Global Semester Abroad; Coordinator, Duke Undergraduate Initiatives in China; Director, Duke Engage, Beijing
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 208 Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90091
  • Phone: (919) 681-6250
  • Fax: (919) 681-8483
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    I received my doctorate in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Washington in Seattle. My early research focused on the culture and politics of the ethnic borders in China. I have published on Marxist nationality theory in China, on ethnic and indigenous revitalization in the post-Cold War global order, on gender and ethnic representation, and on ethnographic film, photography, and popular culture in China and elsewhere. Other Chinas: the Yao and the Politics of National Belonging (Duke University Press, 2000) was the first major ethnographic study to examine the role of minority intellectuals in the critique of socialism and their role in the imagining of post-socialist futures. My current research is engaged with questions of border ecologies, bio-politics, activism and advocacy in labor, education rights, and the environment. In relationship to this research, I have published key essays on the transnational and media dimensions of anti-dam protest in southwest China. I am also working with migrants in China, looking at non-official education projects for migrant kids, the political role of non-governmental organizations and corporate social responsibility projects in these experimental ventures. More recently, I have been tracking Apple's environment, labor, and occupational health record in China, and am very interested in transnational activism directed at Apple and the companies that source its supply chain, as well as the general middle-class obsession for all things Apple in China. In all of my research, teaching, and thinking, I am committed to forging an anthropology of critical advocacy and activism, one which addresses structures of domination, exploitation, and inequality and the struggle to make the world a better place.
  • Selected Publications

      • R.A. Litzinger.
      • (2000).
      • Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging.
      • Duke University Press.
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      • R.A. Litzinger.
      • (2004).
      • The Mobilization of Nature: Perspectives from Northwest Yunnan.
      • China Quarterly
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      • Ralph Litzinger.
      • (2006).
      • “Contested Sovereignties and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund”.
      • Political And Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR)
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  • Specialties

    • Globalization
    • Transnationalism
    • Nationalism
    • Ethnicity
    • Social Movements
    • Migration
    • Asia
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Anthropology,
      • University of Washington,
      • 1994
      • MA,
      • Anthropology,
      • University of Washington,
      • 1990
      • BA,
      • Interdisciplinary Studies,
      • Evergreen State College,
      • 1985
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • The Question of Asia in the Global Order,
      • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation,
      • October 2004
      • Trent Foundation,
      • Duke University,
      • December 2003
      • Institutional Title VI Grant, Global East Asia Studies Center ($1 million over three years).,
      • US Department of Education,
      • September 2003
      • Institutional Grant for Asian Studies,
      • Freeman Foundation, Asia/Pacific Studies Center, Duke University,
      • 2002-2006
      • Fulbright Faculty Research Abroad Program,
      • U.S. State Department,
      • December 2001
      • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program,
      • U.S. Department of Education,
      • September 2001
      • Course Development Grant "Global Environmentalism and the Politics of Nature",
      • International Studies, Duke University,
      • 2000
      • Smith Faculty Enhancement Grant for Interdisciplinary Studies,
      • Duke University,
      • 2000
      • Arts and Sciences Research Council Research Grant,
      • Duke University,
      • 1999
      • Internaitonal Studies Research Grant,
      • Duke University,
      • 1999
      • Nominated for Alumni Teaching Award,
      • Duke University,
      • 1998
      • Arts and Sciences Research Council Research Grant,
      • Duke University,
      • 1997
      • Arts and Sciences Research Council Research Grant,
      • Duke University,
      • 1996
      • Luce Foundation Grant for Faculty Research,
      • Duke University,
      • 1995
      • Research Travel Grant,
      • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University,
      • 1995
      • Curriculum Transformation Seminar Grant,
      • American Ethnic Studies Program, University of Washington,
      • 1993
      • Foreign Language Area Fellowship (FLAS) Chinese language study,
      • United States Department of Education, Washington, DC,
      • 1987-1990
      • Evergreen Foundation Grant,
      • The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA,
      • 1984-1985
  • Teaching

    • HOUSECS 59.11
      • HOUSE COURSE (SP TOP)
      • Few FF
      • M 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
    • CULANTH 241.01
      • CULTURE/POLITICS-CHINA
      • East Duke 204D
      • W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
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