Naomi Quinn
  • Naomi Quinn

  • Professor Emerita
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 201A Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90091
  • Phone: (919) 684-2810
  • Fax: (919) 681-8483
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  • Research Description

    Naomi Quinn received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1971. Her research has pursued the reconstruction, from reasoning, metaphor, and other features of their discourse on it, of Americans' cultural understandings of marriage. Her newest 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, research and theory represented by a series of books, book chapters, and articles. She also has an ongoing interest in anthropological research on gender, and was a member of the editorial collective that produced an Ethos special issue on Feminist Contributions to Psychological Anthropology (2004).
  • Recent Publications

      • N. Quinn.
      • (2011).
      • The History of the Cultural Models School Reconsidered: A Paradigm Shift in Cognitive Anthropology.
      • In D. Kronenfeld, G. Bernardo, M. Fischer, and V. C. de Munck (Eds.),
      • A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology
      • Oxford:
      • Blackwell.
      • N. Quinn.
      • (2011).
      • Event sequencing as an organizing cultural principle.
      • Ethos
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      • 39
      • (3)
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      • 249-278.
      • N. Quinn.
      • (2006).
      • The Self.
      • Anthropological Theory
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      • 6
      • (3)
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      • 365-387.
      • (Theme Issue, The Missing Psychology in Cultural Anthropology's Key Words. Edited by N. Quinn and C. Strauss. Selected as an Honorable Mention for the 208 Award for Exemplary Cross-Field Research, granted by the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association.)
      • N. Quinn.
      • (2005).
      • Universals of Child Rearing.
      • Anthropological Theory
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      • 475-514.
      • (A winner of the 2009 Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology, awarded by the Society for Psychological Anthropology.)
      • N. Quinn, ed.
      • (2005).
      • Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of Methods.
      • Culture, Mind and Society, book series of the Society for Psychological Anthropology,,
      • Palgrave Macmillan.
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  • Specialties

    • Culture Theory
    • Psychological Anthropology
    • Methods
    • Gender
    • Africa
    • North America
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1971
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Entry (written by A.F. Muller) in Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
      • 2004
      • Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award,
      • Duke University,
      • 2002-2003
      • Squeaky Wheel Award,
      • American Anthropological Association Committee on the Status of Women,
      • 2001
      • Visiting Professorship for Women,
      • National Science Foundation,
      • 1987-1988
      • Duke University Faculty Summer Fellowship and Duke University African Studies Committee Stipend,
      • 1974
      • Social Science Research Council Post-doctoral Research Training Fellowship,
      • 1971-1972
      • National Institute of Mental Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship,
      • 1966-1968
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