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  • Rachel Heiman

    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Office Location:

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building

    Profile:

    Rachel Heiman received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the relationship between habits, sentiments, and spaces of everyday life and the volatility of cultural, political, and economic conditions. Her recently published book, Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb (University of California Press, 2015) explores middle-class anxieties and suburban life in the United States during the economic boom of the late 1990s. Her previous book, The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography (School for Advanced Research Press, 2012) is a co-edited volume (with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty) of ethnographic research on the middle classes from a global perspective. Her current project, for which she received a 2016 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a 2016-2017 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, explores changing notions of propriety, place, and domestic ideals in the United States amid efforts to retrofit suburbia for a sustainable future. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM and the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. She was a 2016-2017 faculty fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.

    Professor Heiman is Chair of the Urban Studies Program and Coordinator of Prior Learning in the Bachelor's Program for Adults & Transfer Students.

    Degrees Held:

    2004    Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Michigan

    1996    M.A. in Anthropology, University of Michigan

    1992    B.A. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

    Recent Publications:

    BOOKS:

    Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb. California Series in Public Anthropology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015.

    The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography. Advanced Seminar Series. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press, 2012. (Co-edited with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty)

     

    SELECT ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS:

    “Introduction” in The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography, eds. Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty.  Pp. 3-29. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press, 2012. (Co-authored with Mark Liechty & Carla Freeman)

    “Gate Expectations: Discursive Displacement of the ‘Old Middle Class’ in an American Suburb” in The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography, eds. Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty.  Pp. 237-69. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2012.

    “‘At Risk’ for Becoming Neoliberal Subjects: Rethinking the ‘Normal’ Middle-Class Family,” in Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation, eds. Lynn Nybell, Jeffrey Shook and Janet L. Finn. Pp. 301-13. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

    “The Last Days of Low-Density Living: Suburbs and the End of Oil,” Built Environment 32 (May 2007): 213-26.

    “The Ironic Contradictions in the Discourse on Generation X, or How ‘Slackers’ are Saving Capitalism,” Childhood 8 (May 2001): 275-93.

    “Vehicles for Rugged Entitlement: Teenagers, Sport-Utility Vehicles, and the Suburban Upper-Middle Class,” New Jersey History 118 (Fall/Winter 2000): 22-33.

     

    REVIEWS:

    "Book Review of Creative Urbanity: An Italian Middle Class in the Shade of Revitalization, by Emanuela Guano," Anthropology Book Forum, July 3, 2017.

    "Book Review of Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City, by Julian Brash," PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38 (November 2015): 365-67.

    “Book Review of Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars, by Amy Best,” Journal of Consumer Culture 7 (November 2007): 413-15.

    Research Interests:

    Class anxieties, subject formation, suburban life, sustainable design, habits of affect, structures of sentiment, the consumption of class security, racial & spatial politics of class, zoning & the built environment, ethnography & ethnographic writing, youth culture & family life, United States, global middle classes 

    Current Courses:

    Labels, Categories, Names (Open Campus)

    Labels, Categories, Names

    Equivalency: Prior Learning

    Prior Learning Workshop (Open Campus)

    Prior Learning Evaluation (Open Campus)

    Global Suburbanisms

    Global Suburbanisms

    Internship (Open Campus)

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Ind Senior Project (Open Campus)

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