Part-Time Faculty, International Affairs
Maxine Weisgrau received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1993. She has conducted fieldwork research in Rajasthan, India since the late 1980s, studying nongovernmental organizations and rural development programs in villages in and around the Udaipur District. Her teaching areas focus on gender, development, and political participation. She is the co-author and editor of Raj Rhapsodies: Tourism, Heritage and the Seduction of History (Ashgate 2007), the first interdisciplinary analysis of historic and contemporary impacts of tourism in Rajasthan. She is the author of Interpreting Development: Local Histories, Local Strategies (University Press of America 1997), an ethnography of rural development in Rajasthan. She is the co-editor of Beyond the Boundaries of Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion (Westview 1999) and is also the co-author of the 9th edition of The Tapestry of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2009 Altamira Press). Professor Weisgrau teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at Barnard, Columbia, NYU, and The New School, focusing on gender, development, reproduction, tourism, and cultural anthropology.
Gender, Politics, and Development