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  • Ann Stoler

    Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and History

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Colonial cultures; critical race theory; gender studies; political economy; historical methodologies; Southeast Asia.

    Professor Stoler is the Founding Director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI)

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 1982, Columbia University

    Recent Publications:

    • Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (2013)
    • "An Interview with Ann Laura Stoler by E. Valentine Daniel," Public Culture 24:3 (2012) 
    •  Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009)
    • Imperial Formations (2007)
    • Haunted by Empire: Geographies of the Intimate in North American History (2006)
    • Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002)
    • Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World (1997)
    • Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995)
    • Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979 (1985)

    Research Interests:

    Politics of knowledge; colonial pasts/postcolonial presents; critical race theory; histories of sentiment & sexuality; historical ethnography.

    Current Courses:

    Problems in Anthropology