Naomi Quinn

Naomi Quinn

Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology

External address: 
201 a Science Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091
(919) 684-2810


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.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1971

  • M.A., Stanford University 1964

  • B.A., Radcliffe College 1961

Quinn, N. "The Self." Anthropological Theory 6.3 (2006): 365-387. (Academic Article)

Quinn, N. "Universals of child rearing." Anthropological Theory 5.4 (December 1, 2005): 477-516. Full Text

Lansford, JE, Chang, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Palmérus, K, Bacchini, D, Pastorelli, C, Bombi, AS, Zelli, A, Tapanya, S, Chaudhary, N, Deater-Deckard, K, Manke, B, and Quinn, N. "Physical discipline and children's adjustment: cultural normativeness as a moderator." Child Development 76.6 (November 2005): 1234-1246. Full Text

Quinn, N. "Universals of Child Rearing." Anthropological Theory 5.4 (2005): 475-514. (Academic Article)

Quinn, N, and Luttrell, W. "Psychodynamic universals, cultural particulars in feminist anthropology: Rethinking hua gender beliefs." Ethos 32.4 (January 1, 2004): 493-513. (Review) Full Text

Quinn, N. "Cultural selves." Ann N Y Acad Sci 1001 (October 2003): 145-176.

Quinn, N. ": Talking American: Cultural Discourses on Donahue . Donal Carbaugh." American Anthropologist 92.3 (September 1990): 758-759. Full Text

Quinn, N. ": Cognition in Practice: Mind, Mathematics and Culture in Everyday Life . Jean Lave." American Anthropologist 91.3 (September 1989): 774-775. Full Text