Claudia Strauss

Professor of Anthropology

On leave Spring 2019

With Pitzer Since: 2000
Field Group: Anthropology
Campus Address: Fletcher 230
Phone: 909.607.3063
Campus email: claudia_strauss@pitzer.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays: 2-5 p.m., Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.

Educational Background

AM, PhD, Harvard University
AB, Brown University

Research Interests

Professor Strauss studies the beliefs of U.S. Americans about social policy issues, such as immigration and economic fairness. Her current research investigates the life stories and political outlooks of the unemployed and underemployed. Her areas of expertise also include psychological anthropology, culture theory, American political culture, discourse analysis, and qualitative social research methods.

Recent Courses

Language, Culture, and Society (ANTH03)

Culture and the Self (ANTH70)

American Political Discourses (ANTH76)

Life Stories (ANTH 83)

Introduction to American Culture (AMST103)

Anthropology of Public Policy (ANTH86)

Language and Power (ANTH117)

U.S. Social and Immigration Discourses (ANTH125)

Books

Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and Culture. (Co-edited with Jack Friedman) NY: Palgrave. (2018)

Making Sense of Public Opinion: American Discourses about Immigration and Social Programs. NY: Cambridge University Press. (2012) (Finalist, Society for Psychological Anthropology Stirling Award, 2014)

A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning. (Co-authored with Naomi Quinn) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (1997)

Human Motives and Cultural Models. (Co-edited with Roy D’Andrade) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (1992)

Selected Journal Articles & Book Chapters

“‘It feels so alien’ or the same old s—: Attachment to divergent cultural models in insecure times,” Ethos, special issue, “Culture and Economic Adversity,” E. Lowe and C. Strauss, special issue editors. (in press)

“The complexity of culture in persons,” in N. Quinn, ed., Advances in Culture Theory from Psychological Anthropology. NY: Palgrave (in press)

“Engaged by the spectacle of protest: How bystanders became invested in Occupy Wall Street.” In C. Strauss and J. Friedman, eds., Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and Culture. NY: Palgrave. (2018)

“Introduction: The Person in Politics and Culture.” (Co-authored with Jack Friedman) In C. Strauss and J. Friedman, eds., Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and Culture. NY: Palgrave. (2018)

“Positive thinking about being out of work in Southern California following the Great Recession.” In Anthropologies of Unemployment: The Changing Study of Work and Its Absence, Jong Bum Kwon and Carrie M. Lane, Eds.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (2016)

“Blaming for Columbine: Conceptions of agency in the contemporary United States. Current Anthropology 48(6): 807-822, and “Reply,” Current Anthropology 48(6): 827-832. (2007)

“Analyzing discourse for cultural complexity.” In Naomi Quinn, ed. Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of Methods. NY: Palgrave. (2005)

 

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Lemelson/Society for Psychological Anthropology 2014 Conference Award, “Culture and Political Subjectivities”

Recipient, awards from National Science Foundation (2012-2014) and Wenner-Gren Foundation (2012)

President, Society for Psychological Anthropology, 2011-2013

Fellow, FrameWorks Institute, 2008-present

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 2003

Recipient, the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1999-2000

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae

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