Anthropology Department

Mandana Limbert  
      Associate Professor  
      Ph.D. Michigan 2002  
   
 Office:   Powdermaker Hall 315F  
 Phone:   (718) 997-5526
 Fax:  (718) 997-2885
 E-mail:  Mandana.Limbert@qc.cuny.edu  
  

Interests: Courses Taught:
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Middle East – Oman
  • Arab Societies 
  • Anthropology of Memory
  • Historical Anthropology
  • Religion, Modernity, Colonialism
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (101)
  • Essentials of Cultural Anthropology (201)
  • Peoples of the Middle East (212)
  • Sex, Gender and Culture (222)
  • Contemporary Anthropological Theory (320)

  • Research Interests:
                Mandana E. Limbert received her PhD in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 2002 and joined the Queens College (CUNY) faculty the same year. She became a member of the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. She has also been a fellow and visiting scholar at The University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender (1999-2000), New York University’s Center for Near Eastern Studies (2000-2001), the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2001-2002), and Duke University’s Department of Cultural Anthropology (2008-2010). She joined the History department at North Carolina State University (2009-2010).
                In addition to numerous articles, Professor Limbert has co-edited “Timely Assets: The Politics of Resources and their Temporalities” (2008), published by the School of American Research, Advanced Seminar Series. Her book, “In the Time of Oil: Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town” was published by Stanford University Press (2010). And, with support from the American Council of Learned Societies, Professor Limbert began writing her next book, “Oman, Zanzibar, and the Politics of Becoming Arab” on changing notions of Arabness in Oman and Zanzibar over the course of the twentieth century.
    Selected Publications:

  • 2008, with Elizabeth Ferry, Timely Assets: The Politics of Resources and their Temporalities, Santa Fe: School of American Research, Advanced Seminar Series.
  • 2008. "Depleted Futures: Anticipating the End of Oil in Oman" In Timely Assets: The Politics of Resources and their Temporalities, edited by Mandana E. Limbert and Elizabeth Ferry. Santa Fe: School of American Research, Advanced Seminar Series.
  • 2008. book review, "Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey" by Esra Ozyurek, American Ethnologist. 35(4): xxx-xxx.
  • 2008. "The Sacred Date: Gifts of God in an Omani Town" Ethnos. 73(3): 361-376.
  • 2008. "In the Ruins of Bahla: Reconstructed Forts and Crumbling Walls in an Omani Town" Social Text 95. 26(2): 83-103.
  • 2006. “Women, Gender and Spirit Possession”, In Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
  • 2005. “Personal Memories, Revolutionary States and Indian Ocean Migrations” MIT-EJMES. 5:21-33.
  • 2005. “Gender, Religious Knowledge and Education in an Omani Town” In Monarchies and Nations: Globalization and Identity in the Arab States of the Gulf, edited by Paul Dresch and James Piscatori. London: I.B. Taurus.
  • 2005. “Women, Gender and the Construction of Modern Social Hierarchies” In Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
  • 2002. “Visions of Iran: Persian Language Television in the United States” In Social Constructions of Nationalism, edited by Fatma M. Gocek. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • 2001. “The Senses of Water in an Omani Town” Social Text. 19(3): 35-55.
  • 2000. Review, “Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization” by Arjun Appadurai. Etnosistemi 7: 101-103.
  • 1999. “Placing Tradition: The Geopoetics of Town and Country in Oman.” Journal of Mediterranean Studies 9(2): 300-318.
  • with J. Dickinson, 1998. “Introduction.” In: Linguistic Form and Social Action. Michigan Discussions in Anthropology 13. Ann Arbor: Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

  • Address:
    Department of Anthropology, Queens College of the City University of New York
    Powdermaker Hall 314, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing NY, 11367
    Anthropology Department