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Waterston, Alisse



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- PhD CUNY Graduate Center - 1990
- MA  Columbia University 

-BA New York University

Alisse Waterston is a cultural anthropologist who studies the human consequences of structural and systemic violence and inequality. Her areas of specialty include urban poverty and policy issues in the U.S. related to destitution, homelessness and substance abuse, health, welfare and migration, and applied policy-related research and writing. Her most recent work focuses on the processes and aftermaths of political violence, ethnic and religious conflict, displacement and transnationalism, remembering, diaspora, cultural trauma and identity formation, issues of enormous importance as we struggle in a world marked by the shadows of war and other forms of violence. Professor Waterston is author of My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory and the Violence of a Century an intimate ethnography in the Routledge Series on Innovative Ethnographies. Alisse Waterston is President-elect of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and will serve as AAA President in 2016-2017. She is Editor of Open Anthropology,the public journal of the American Anthropological Association. Professor Waterston is a Soros International Scholar affiliated with the Gender Studies Department, Tbilisi State University, Republic of Georgia. 

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