What We're Reading Now

Below is a selection of the readings our faculty and graduate students are engaging with this semester. Each semester, Rice Anthropology faculty members and graduate students compile a new list of a few of the books and articles influencing their research and thinking at the moment. We hope this feature will allow new opportunities for collaboration, as well as give a glimpse into the exciting and diverse conversations happening within the department, both in and outside the classroom.

If you would like to see previous semesters of what we were reading, visit the Fall 2015Spring 2016, and Fall 2016 pages.

Adams, Vincanne, ed. 2015. Metrics: What Counts in Global Health. Durham, NC: Duke

University Press.
Agamben, Georgio. 2016. The Use of Bodies, translated by Adam Kotsko. Stanford, CA:

Stanford University Presss.
Alaimo, Stacy. 2017. Exposed: Environmental Politics & Pleasures in Post-Human Times.

University of Minnesota Press.

Bray, Francesca. 1997. Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China. Berkeley,

CA: University of California Press.
Claire, Eli. 2017. Brilliant Imperfection. Durham: Duke University Press.
Collins, John F. 2015. Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian

Racial Democracy. Duke University Press.
Coombe, Rosemary J. 1998. "Contingent articulations: a critical cultural studies of law." In Law

in the Domains of Culture, A. Sarat and T. Kearns, eds., pp.21-64. Ann Arbor, MI:

University of Michigan Press.

cummings, e.e. 1953. i: six nonlectures. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Diniz, Débora.  2016. Zika: do sertão nordestino a ameaça global. Civilização Brasileira.
Feldman, Ilana. 2017. "Humanitarian Care and the Ends of Life: The Politics of Aging and

Dying in a Palestinian Refugee Camp." Cultural Anthropology 32(1): 42-67.
Ferguson, James. 2015. Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution.

Durham: Duke University Press.
Govindrajan, Radhika. 2015. “The Goat That Died for Family”: Animal Sacrifice and Interspecies

Kinship in India's Central Himalayas." American Ethnologist 42.3: 504-19.
Greenblatt, Stephen. 2004. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. W. W.


Grosz, Elizabeth. 2004. The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and the Untimely. Durham, NC:

Duke University Press.
Günel, Gökçe. 2016. "What Is Carbon Dioxide? When Is Carbon Dioxide?" PoLAR: Political

and Legal Anthropology Review 39 (1): 33-45.

Hage, Ghassan. 2012. “Critical Anthropological Thought and the Radical Political Imaginary

Today.” Critique of Anthropology 32 (3): 285–308.
Haynes, Nell. 2016. Social Media in Northern Chile: Posting the Extraordinarily Ordinary.

London: University College London Press.
Jackson, Michael, Arthur Kleinman, and Bhirigupati Singh, eds. 2014. The Ground Between:

Anthropologists Engage Philosophy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Jones, Owain. 2015. “‘Not Promising a Landfall ...’: An Autotopographical Account of Loss of

Place, Memory and Landscape.” Environmental Humanities 6 (1): 1–27.

Kallis, Giorgos. 2017. In Defense of Degrowth: Opinions and Minifestos, edited by Aaron

Vansintjan. Creative Commons.
Keller, Evelyn Fox. 1983. A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara

McClintock. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.
Knight, Daniel M. History. 2015. Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece. Palgrave

Kuzmanovic, Maja and Nik Gaffney. 2017. "Enacting Futures in Postnormal Times." Futures 86:


Lee, Haiyan. 2006. Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950.

Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Medina, Eden. 2011. Cybernetic Revolutionaries : Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile.

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Mishtal, Joanna. 2015. The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights

in Postsocialist Poland. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.
Mitchell, Timothy. 2002. Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity. Berkeley, CA:

University of California Press.
Moore, Lisa Jean  and Adele Clark. 1995. "Clitoral Conventions and Transgressions: Graphic

Representations in Anatomy Texts, c1900- 1991." Feminist Studies 21(2): 255-301.
Murphy, Michelle. 2015. "Unsettling Care: Troubling Transnational Itineraries of Care in

Feminist Health Practices." Social Studies of Science 45(5): 717-737.
O’Reilly, Jessica. 2017. The Technocratic Arctic: An Ethnography of Scientific Expertise and

Environmental Governance. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Pérez, Gina M. 2015. Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American

Dream. New York: NYU Press.
Peters, John Durham. 2016. The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Phillips, David J. 2005. "From Privacy to Visibility: Context, Identity, and Power in Ubiquitous

Computing Environments." Social Text 83, 23 (2): 95-108.
Pitts-Taylor, Victoria. 2016. Mattering: Feminism, Science and Materialism. New York:

NYU Press.

Powers, Richard. 2010. Gain: A Novel. London: Macmillan.
Roosth, Sophia. 2017. Synthetic: How Life Got Made. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Rubenstein, Mary-Jane. 2008. Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of

Awe. New York: Columbia University Press.
Rutherford, Danilyn. 2016. "How Structuralism Matters." HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

6 (3): 61-77.

Sebald, W. G. 1998. The Rings of Staturn, translated by Michael Hulse. Harvill Press.
Singh, Bhrigupati, and Jane I. Guyer. 2016. "Introduction: A Joyful History of Anthropology."

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6 (2): 197-211.
Strathern, Marilyn. 1985. "Discovering 'Social Control.'" Journal of Law and Society 12(2):


Strathern, Marilyn. 2016. Before and After Gender: Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life.

Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Street, Alice. 2014. Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a

Papua New Guinea Hospital. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios. 2016. “Philanthropy or Solidarity? Ethical Dilemmas about

Humanitarianism in Crisis-Afflicted Greece.” Social Anthropology 24 (2): 167–84.
West, Paige. 2005. "Translation, Value, and Space: Theorizing an Ethnographic and Engaged

Environmental Anthropology." American Anthropologist 107 (4): 632-642.

Weston, Kath. 2017. Animate Planet: Making Visceral Sense of Living in a High-Tech Ecology Damaged World.

         Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Williams, Jeffrey. 2006. “The Pedagogy of Debt.” College Literature 33 (4): 155–69.