Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, (Dec.) 1979
M. Phil, Social Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1975
B.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1973
The National Faculty of the Arts and Sciences, 1989
The Ford Foundation, Office for Latin American and the Caribbean, 1976-1980
The Kettering Foundation, 1977-1978
Field Work Experience
New York City (Aug. 1972-Feb. 1, 1973) on sense of identity among Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans in Washington Heights
Surinam (summer 1974) on economic history and social interaction in the Bush Negro community of Klaaskreek
New Orleans, LA (Sept. 1975-Sept. 1976; May-Aug. 1977) on social classifications in Creole Louisiana in historical and anthropological perspective
Jerusalem, Israel (summer 1980; May 1981-Aug. 1982; summer 1983; June 1984-Aug. 1985; summers 1987, 1989, 1990) on the objectification of “ethnicity” and “Israeli society” in academic, journalistic, and political discourses
Santa Cruz, CA (spring/summer 1993) — with Didier Torny (EHESS, France) and Krista Harper (Santa Cruz)on the naturalization and consumption of insurance in the 19th and 20th centuries (primarily in the U.K., France, and the U.S.), and the development of “risk-groups”
Honolulu, Hawaii (July-Oct. 1993; summer 1994; part-summer 1995) on racializing practices in the Americanization of Hawaii, 19th and 20th centuries
Havana, Cuba (March 1998) on photography and historiography just before, during, and immediately after the U.S. military occupations of Cuba 1898-1902 and 1906-1910; at the Cuban National Archives, the Provincial Archives of Cienfuegos, and the National Library in Havana
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, South Africa (March 2003; May 2005 and, through Research Assistants, summer 2003-winter 2004) on visual, economic, and discursive presence of the U.S. in South Africa and its complicated relationship with visual and discursive anti-Americanism (both before and druing the Iraqi-U.S. war 2003-present); involves two University of Iowa graduate students and three graduate students in South Africa– at the University of the Western Cape and at the University of Cape Town
Germany-South Africa-U.S. collaborative research project with colleagues from Berlin, Bremen, Munich, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Johannesburg (and possibly Utrecht, the Netherlands) involving pilot research (wth 4 University of Iowa graduate students in May-June 2003 in Germany and Professor Jane Desmond)
A 13-country research project on instrumental, bureaucratic, engineering and science photography undertaken in the course of U.S. military occupations since 1898 — in the Caribbean, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East — with special emphasis on the U.S. Corps of Engineers (2008-2009)
International Association for American Studies (Member, Executive Committee, 2001-2003)
American Anthropological Association (Fellow, current)
American Ethnological Society (current; Member of the Society’s Nominating Committee, 1991; Board Member, 2002-2007)
Society for Cultural Anthropology (elected member of the Board of Directors, 1995-1999, elected President for 1999-2001)
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (current)
Council for Museum Anthropology (current)
Association for Feminist Anthropology (current)
Society for the Anthropology of Europe (current)
Society for Visual Anthropology (current)
Middle East Section (AAA) (current)
ISCOMET (International Scientific Conference — Minorities for Europe of Tomorrow) (early 1990s)
N.Y. Council on Foreign Relations (Team Member, 1980-1985)
Phi Beta Kappa (current)
Institute of Cuban Studies (member of the Board of Directors in the mid-1980s)
Israel Anthropological Association (1980s)
Latin American Studies Association (member of Program Committee, 1980-1982)
Lourdes Casal Award Selection Committee (1983-1984)
Eileen Basker Memorial Prize Selection Committee (founder and member, 1987-present)
American Association of University Women Fellowships Selection Committee (1986-1988)
U.S. Fulbright (CIES) Selection Committee for Israel (1989-1991 member; 1991-1992 chair)
The Author’s Guild (joined in 1995, after being nominated)
American Studies Association (current)
Co-Recipient of the “Reciprocal American Studies” section of the 3-year Ford Foundation’s “Crossing Borders” grant to the University of Iowa, 1999, $75,000
University of Iowa Arts and Hummanities Initiative Competition grant for project entitled “Comparative U.S. Studies: Cuba, Russia, and the United States” (with Jane C. Desmond), 1999, $20,000
Rockefeller Foundation grant (with Jane C. Desmond)to extend the work of the International Forum for U.S. Studies to specific collaborations with Latin American specialists in the U.S., 2001-2004, $165,000
USIA — negotiated financial support of the IFUSS capstone conference, 1998-1999, estimated $9,000
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, 1998 Obermann Faculty Research Seminar entitled “Legacies of 1898: Sovereignty and Colonialism in Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, Hawai’i, and their Impact on the U.S.”, 1997, $39,000
Christopher Reynolds Foundation — for involvement of head of Research Section (Cuban) Centro de Estudios sobre los Estados Unidos (University of Havana) in 1998 Obermann Seminar and 1998 American Studies Association Meetings ($2,700 and $1,560)
USIA — grant in support of the 1998 Obermann Seminar’s extension at the Nov. 1998 American Studies Association Meeting, 1998, estimated $22,000
U.S. Department of Education, Title VI institutional grant in interdisciplinary “International Studies”, 1997, $871,463 for 1997-2000
Rockefeller Foundation Humanities REsidency Institutional Grant to set up and run the newly founded International Forum for U.S. Studies (with co-Director Jane C. Desmond), 1995-1999, $250,000
Ford Foundation grant to the University of Iowa and Grinnell College for inter-institutional collaboration, faculty & student development in international studies, 1995-1998, $209,000
Center-wide Research grant, East-West Center, Honolulu, 1993, $14,100
Duke University Research Council — research assistance through the Small Grants Program, 1990-1991
Social Science Research Council grant for fieldwork in Israel, 1981-1982
University of California Santa Cruz Social Sciences Division Exploratory grant, 1992, $3,600
Duke University Research Council — Major Research Grant, 1981-1982
Trent Foundation Travel Grant for summer research, 1980
Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology
Slavery and Society
From Incest to Adultery: Kinship and Marriage in Human Societies
Self and Others: Racial, Ethnic, and Social Classification
Graduate Core Theory Course in Cultural Anthropology
Caribbean Cultures and Societies
The History of Anthropology
Interpretations of Kinship
Meaning/Theories of Meaning
Middle East: Wars, Revolutions and Social Change
Ethniut veAdatiut (undergraduate course taught at the Hebrew University)
Symbols in Society/Theories of Symbolism
Ethics, the Other, and the Practice of Anthropology
Evidence and Other Realities
Strategies of Comparative Analysis
Ethnicity and Nationalism: Ideologies and Processes
Valuing Tradition and the Politics of Value
Survey of Cultural Anthropology Theory
Reading French Theorists
Inside/Outside “the Middle East”
Honors Seminar in International Studies: The Professions in the International Arena
Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems
Seminar on Sociocultural Anthropology
Foreign Scholarship on the United States
Contemporary American Lives: Experimenting with Social Science Methods
Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism in the U.S.
Visions of America: Representations and Their Critiques
Neighbors and Strangers: The U.S. and Cuba in the Twentieth Century
“America” in the World: Contextualizing the Lure and Rejection of America
Difference and Degradation — Is It All Just a Matter of Racism?
Anthropology in a Changing World
Interdisciplinary Approaches in Evidence
“America” in the World: Contextualizing the Lure and Rejection of the U.S.
2003-2007 Twenty issues of individually crafted issues of American Ethnologist (where I created Sections and groupings of competing or like-minded articles in every issue, a novelty in the history of the AE; and where I created Special AE Forums, inviting commentators and authors and, hence, as special editor of 7 such Special Sections.
From Beijing to Port Moresby: The Politics of National Identity in Cultural Policies. Ed. Virginia R. Dominguez and David Wu. New York: Gordon & Breach, 1998.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and 17-person Committee. Evaluating Human Genetic Diversity. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997.
People as Subject, People as Object: Selfhood and Peoplehood in Contemporary Israel. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
Cuban Studies (Special Annual Issue on “Sex, Gender, and Revolution in Cuba”). Ed. Virginia R. Dominguez and Yolanda Prieto. 1987.
White by Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1986.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jorge I. Dominguez. The Caribbean and Its Implications for the United States. New York: Foreign Policy Association, Headline Series, 1981.
Dominguez, Virginia R. From Neighbor to Stranger: The Dilemma of Caribbean Peoples in the United States. New Haven: Antilles Research Program at Yale, 1975.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Falling in Love with a Criminal? On Immersion and Self-Restraint. Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork in Israel. Fran Markowitz, ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2013.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Unexpected Ties: Insight, Love, Exhaustion.” The Restless Anthropologist.: New Fieldsites, New Visions. Ed. Alma Gottlieb. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2012.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Flagging the Closet.” Visual Art and the Contemporary Jewish Experience. Ed. Dvorah Neumark. Montreal: McGill University Press/Saidye Bronfman Centre, 2003.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. “Rediscovering America: American Studies in the New Century.” “America” and “the Changing Object of Study”. Ed. Kousar Azam. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2001. 14-22.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “UnAmerican Americans? Stretching the Boundaries of American Studies.” Rediscovering America: American Studies in the New Century. Ed. Kousar Azam. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2001. 120-134.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Sasha Welland. “Introduction: Cultural(ist) Articulations of National(ist) Stakes.” Introduction. From Beijing to Port Moresby: The Politics of National Identity in Cultural Policies. New York: Gordon and Breach , 1998.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Theorizing Culturalism: From Cultural Policies to Identity Politics and Back.” Theory Rules: Art as Theory – Theory as Art. Ed. David Tomas, Jody Berland, and Will Straw. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Disciplining Anthropology.” Disciplinarity and Dissent in Cultural Studies. Ed. Cary Nelson and Dilip P. Gaonkar. New York: Routledge, 1996. 37-61.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” Foreword. Feminist Study and Judaism. Ed. Laura Levitt and Miriam Peskowitz. New York: Routledge, 1996.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Questioning Otherness: An Interdisciplinary Exchange.” Iowa International Papers, Occasional Papers 30-37. Ed. Catherine M. Lewis and Virginia R. Dominguez. 1995.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “The Politics of Heritage in Contemporary Israel.” Nationalist Ideologies and the Production of National Cultures American Ethnological Society Monograph Series. Ed. Richard Fox. 1990. 130-147.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Of Other Peoples: Beyond the `Salvage’ Paradigm?.” Discussions in Contemporary Culture I. New York: Bay Press, 1987. 131-137.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “The Rich Possibilities of Greed and Excess. Journal of Economic Anthropology. 1.1: 193-91. 2016.
Dominguez, Virginia R. Taking Over the World Anthropology Section. American Anthropologist. 117(1): 133. 2015.
Dominguez, Virginia R. A Perspective on Anthropology from Southeast Asia: An Interview with Dr. Goh Beng Lan of National University of Singapore. American Anthropologist. 117(1): 379-83. 2015.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Saying and Not Saying R Words. Review and Discussion of John Hartigan, Jr’s 2010 books, Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches and What Can you Say? and America’s National Conversation on Race. Transforming Anthropology 21(1): 87-91. 2013.
Dominguez, Virginia R. Are There Umpires and Quasi-Umpires outside the Baseball Field? Claiming and Asserting Social Identities in U.S. Society. Festschrift in horn or of Eniko Bollobas. Coedited by Tibor Franck and Vera Benczik. Budapest, Hungary. 2012.
Dominguez, Virginia R.”Comfort Zones and their Dangers: Who are We? Qui Sommes-Nous?” The 2011 AAA Presidential Address. American Anthropologist (Sept. issue). 2012
Dominguez, Virginia R.“Mutuality, Responsibility, and Reciprocity in Situations of Marked Inequality: Dilemmas of, and concerning, U.S. Anthropology in the World.” Michal Buchowski and Virginia R. Dominguez, Coeditors, FOCAAL: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology Issue No. 63 (summer): 51-61. 2012.
Dominguez, Virginia R. Commentary on “An Anthropology of Critical Engagement: Honoring Antonio Lauria,” Transforming Anthropology. 2012.
Dominguez, Virginia R.“Afterword: The Noticed, the Unnoticed, and Their Pursuit.” In a Special Issue of Transit Circle (the journal of the Brazilian American Studies Association) titled “Looking North: Latin American Perspectives on the U.S. in International Perspective.” Nova Serie 2008-2009: 174-185. 2010.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Eschewing Racism, Disavowing Racism, and Invoking Racism: Visions of Virtue in Worlds of Inequality,” in Against Stigma. Edited by Paul Greenough and Balmurli Natrajan. Pp. 76-91. Hyderabad, India: Orient Longman Press. 2010.
Dominguez, Virginia R. Evidence and Power, Sweet and Sour.” In Empirical Futures: Critical Engagements with the Work of Sidney W. Mintz, Stephan Palmie, Aisha Khan, and George Baca, eds. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. November 2009 release.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “When Belonging Inspires — Death, Hope, Distance (Review Essay).” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 15.3 (2008): 369-389.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 34.1 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Rebecca Scott’s “Public Rights and Private Commerce: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Creole Itinerary”.” Current Anthropology 48.2 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 34.2 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “When the Enemy is Unclear: US Censuses and Photographs of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from the Beginning of the 20th Century.”Comparative American Studies 5.2 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Maria Gropas’ “The Repatriotization of Revolutionary Ideology and Mnemonic Landscape in Present-Day Havana”.” Current Anthropology 48.4 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 34.3 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 34.4 (2007):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “”Nemi poco chiari, amici poco chiari” (“Unclear Enemies, Unclear Friends”).” Acoma: Rivista Internazionale di Studi Nord-Aamericani (The International Journal of American Studies) 33 (2007): 53-65.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 33.1 (2006):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 33.2 (2006):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 33.3 (2006):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 33.4 (2006):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Don Kulick’s “Theory in Furs: Masochist Anthropology”.” Current Anthropology 47.6 (2006):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 32.1 (2005):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 32.2 (2005):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 32.3 (2005):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 32.4 (2005):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Pamela Ballinger’s “‘Authentic Hybrids’ in the Balkan Borderlands”.” Current Anthropology (Special Issue on “Identity, Temporality, and Moral Geographies” 45.1 (2004):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 31.1 (2004):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 31.2 (2004):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 31.3 (2004):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 31.4 (2004):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “When a Representation Offends Us: Toward an Analytics of Feeling in the Practice of Theory.” Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies(2003):
“Foreword.” American Ethnologist 30.1 (2003):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 30.2 (2003):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 30.3 (2003):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Foreword.” American Ethnologist 30.4 (2003):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Stuart Kirsch’s “Lost Worlds: Environmental Disaster, ‘Cultural Loss,’ and the Law”.” Current Anthropology (Special Issue on Science, Culture, and Politics) 42.2 (2001):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “For a Politics of Love and Rescue.” Cultural Anthropology 15.3 (2000): 361-393.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. “Towards a Political Economy of “American Studies”: Reports from an Experiment-in-Progress.” Through the Looking Glass: American Studies in Transcultural Perspective. European Contributions to American Studies 40 (1999):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Exporting U.S. Concepts of Race: Are There Limits to the U.S. Model?.” Social Research 65.2 (1998): 369-399.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Conversation about Global Equality and Affirmation Action.”Washington Law Review 75.4 (1998):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Asserting (Trans)Nationalism and the Social Conditions of Its Possibility.” Communal/Plural: Journal of Transnational and Crosscultural Studies (Australia) 6.2 (1998): 139-156.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Implications: A Commentary on Stoler.” Political Power and Social Theory 11 (1997): 207-215.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “The Racialist Politics of Concepts, or Is It the Racialist Concepts of Politics?.” Ethos 25.1 (1997): 93-100.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Moshe Shokeid’s “Negotiating Multiple Viewpoints: The Cook, the Native, the Publisher, and the Ethnographic Text”.” Current Anthropology 38.4 (1997):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Engendering the Sexualized State of the Nation.” Identities 2.3 (1996): 301-305.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. “Resituating American Studies in a Critical Internationalism.” American Quarterly 48.3 (1996): 475-490.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Erotic(izing) Cubans.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 70.3/4 (1996): 283-290.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Commentary on Aihwa Ong’s “Cultural Citizenship as Subject-Making: Immigrants Negotiate Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the United States”.”Current Anthropology 37.5 (1996):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Invoking Racism in the Public Sphere: Two Takes on National Self-Criticism.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 1.4 (1995): 325-346.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. “Crafting Exhibitions.” American Anthropologist 97.4 (1995): 779-782.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “A Taste for “the Other”: Intellectual Complicity in Racializing Practices.” Current Anthropology 35.4 (1994): 333-348.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Differentiating Women/Bodies of Knowledge.” American Anthropologist 96.1 (1994): 127-130.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Visual Nationalism: On Looking at “National Symbols”.” Public Culture 5.3 (1993): 451-455.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Voicing Alternatives.” Bridges/Gesher (1993):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Questioning Jews.” American Ethnologist 20.3 (1993): 618-624.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Invoking Culture: The Messy Side of `Cultural Politics'”.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 91.1 (1992): 19-42.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “How the Self Stacks the Deck.” Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly 16.1 (1991): 12-15.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Representing Value and the Value of Representation: A Different Look at Money.” Cultural Anthropology 5.1 (1990): 16-44.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “The Management of Otherness: `Ethnicity’ in the U.S. and Israel.”Journal of Ethnic Studies/Revija za Narodnostna vPrasanja Treaties and Documents #21.Dec. (1988): 161-167.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Sex, Gender, and Revolution: The Problem of Construction and the Construction of a Problem.” Cuban Studies 17 (1987):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Comments on, and editing of, Lourdes Casal’s “Images of Women in Pre- and Postrevolutionary Cuban Novels.” Cuban Studies 117 (1987):
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Intended and Unintended Messgages: The Scholarly Defense of One’s People.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (1986): 209-222.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “The Marketing of Heritage .” American Ethnologist 13.3 (1986): 546-555.
“The Language of Left and Right in Israeli Politics.” Political Anthropology 4 (1984): 89-109.
Dominguez, Virginia R., and Eileen Basker. “The Limits of Cultural Awareness: the Immigrant as Therapist.” Human Relations 37.9 (1984): 693-719.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Show Your Colors: Ethnic Divisiveness among Hispanic Caribbean Migrants.” Migration Today VI (1978): 5-9.
“The Floating Symbol: A Reply to Susan Waller.” American Ethnologist 5.4 (1978): 811-814.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Social Classification in Creole Louisiana.” American Ethnologist4.4 (1977): 589-602.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “Spanish-Speaking Caribbeans in New York: The Middle Race.”Revista Interamericana Review III.2 (1973): 131-142.
Dominguez, Virginia R. “(Mis)Communications regarding the HGDP.” Anthropology Newsletter. 1 Jan. 1998, sec. Cutting Edge.