Melissa Forbis


Melissa M. Forbis received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Social Anthropology and an M.A. from Temple University in Visual Anthropology. She is currently working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled Engendering Autonomy: Indigenous Women’s Struggles and the State in Mexico, which examines the Zapatista Army of National Liberation's local autonomy project in Chiapas, Mexico. The multi-sited ethnography--located in communities in Chiapas, but attentive to global discourses and economic processes--focuses on local changes in gender equity and relations of power, and the way that these changes strengthened the movement's challenge to neoliberal multiculturalism in Mexico. She has published several book chapters and articles on gender and indigenous rights in Latin America. Her research interests include transnational feminist theory, race/ethnicity, indigenous rights, anthropology of the state and nationalism, immigration, and Latin America. One of her key interests is in theorizing and developing engaged and collaborative research methodologies. Her teaching includes courses on gender, social movements and Latin America, and an engaged research seminar and practicum.


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Fall 2015

Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"

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Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        June 2015

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