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. "The Self." Anthropological Theory 6.3 (2006): 365-387. (Academic Article)
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. "Why Are There So Few Women Presidents of the Society for Psychological Anthropology?." Ethos 27.1 (March 1999): 89-103. Full Text
Quinn, N. "Culture and Contradiction: The Case of Americans Reasoning about Marriage." Ethos 24.3 (September 1996): 391-425. Full Text
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