Gutgsell Endowed Professor: Virginia R. Dominguez

Virginia R. Dominguez (Ph.D. 1979 Yale) is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology (and member of the Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Caribbean Studies faculty) at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.  She is also Co-Founder and Consulting Director of The International Forum for U.S. Studies (established in 1995) and Co-Editor of its book series, "Global Studies of the United States."  A political and legal anthropologist, she is now the immediate past President of the American Anthropological Association and a recent past Editor of American Ethnologist. Author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of multiple books, she is perhaps best known for her work on the U.S. (especially in White By Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana) and her work on Israel (especially in People as Subject, People as Object: Selfhood and Peoplehood in Contemporary Israel). Prior to joining the Illinois faculty in 2007, she taught at Duke University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Iowa, and Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.  She has also been Directeur d'Etudes at the EHESS (the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris, a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester, a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and a Junior Fellow at Harvard.