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Interests: Courses Taught:
Social anthropology
Psychological anthropology
Intro to Cultural Anthropology (101)
History of Anthropology (200)
Peoples of the Caribbean (219)
Psychological Anthropology (309)
Seminar in Contemporary
Anthropological Theory (320)

Research Interests:
          Having determined in high school that I was a mediocre fiddle-player and tobacco chewer, I left Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to pursue anthropology. In graduate school at the University of California at San Diego, I was trained in social and psychological anthropology. In 1989, I began my research on cultural concepts of time, and conducted ethnographic field research in rural Trinidad. In 1993, one of my esteemed professors said, "You know too much about this place, you better leave." Soon after, I left California in my old Mazda with my pregnant wife and new Ph.D. to seek my fortune at Queens College, where I had been hired on the basis of wearing purple pants during my interview.

          Since then, I have continued to do research on time, but have expanded my interests to include the experience of Carnival and music, chronobiology, social rhythms, political economy, and even a bit of theology and liturgical studies.
  • 2008.  The Creation of Coevalness and the Danger of Homochronism, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 14(1): 3-20. Also, “Reply to Fabian,” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 14(3): 665.

  • 2006  Time and the Biological Consequences of Globalization. Current Anthropology 48(2): 215-236. PDF

  • 2006. What is Your Mission Here? A Trinidadian Perspective on Visits from the “Church of Disneyworld.” Missiology 34(4): 497-508.

  • 2006. Més que una pura succession: les alters dimensions del Temps [More than Pure Succession: the other dimensions of time]. Revista d’etnologia de Catalunya 28: 20-27.

  • 2006. The Immanent Past: Culture and Psyche at the Juncture of Memory and History. Introduction to the special issue “The Immanent Past.” Ethos 34(2): 169-191.

  • 2006. Past Times: Temporal Structure of History and Memory. Ethos 34(2): 192-210.

  • 2005. Time and Consciousness. IN A Companion to Psychological Anthropology . Robert Edgerton and Conerly Casey, eds. Pp. 17-29. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • 2004.  Finding Time. Field Methods 16(1): 70-84.

  • 2001. Sitting There: Discourses of the Embodiment of Agency, Belonging, and Deference in the Classroom. Journal of Mundane Behavior 2(2)

  • 1999. Any Time is Trinidad Time. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

  • 1997. Most of Us are Family Some of the Time: Inter-racial unions and Trans-racial kinship in Eastern Trinidad. American Ethnologist  24(3):585-601.

  • 1996. Trinidadian Times: Temporal Dependency and Temporal Flexibility on the Margins of Industrial Capitalism. Anthropological Quarterly 69(2):79-89.

  • 1995. Putting Romance into Systems of Sexuality: Changing Smart Rules in a Trinidadian Village (with Morris Freilich). In Romantic Love. William R. Jankowiak, ed. Pp. 262-276. New York: Columbia University Press.

  • 1995. The Ethnic Ambiguities of Getting Married: The Official Pronouncements, Local Interpretations, and Personal Experiences of Trinidadian Hindu Indians. International Journal of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies 2(2):80-91.

  • 1994. British Anthropology and Psychoanalysis Before World War II: The Evolution of Asserted Irrelevance. Canberra Anthropology 17(1):53-69.
    1994 Bakrnal: Coup, Carnival, and Calypso in Trinidad. Ethnology 33(2):165-177.

  • 1990. Reading and the Righting of Writing Ethnography.  American Ethnologist 17(3): 549-557.

  • Anthropology Department Address: Department of Anthropology, Queens College of the City University of New York
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    Kevin Birth  

    Ph.D. UCSD 1993