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MA, PhD (New York University)
Middle East, Arabia Peninsula, Italy, religion and world view, Islam, embodiment, gender, consumption, ethnographic methods, and histories of anthropology.
Professor Meneley joined the department in the 1998-1999 academic year. She is a cultural anthropologist, with degrees earned at McGill University (B.A.) and New York University (M.A., Ph.D.). She has taught formerly at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her teaching and research interests include the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Italy, religion and world view, Islam, gender, theories of exchange, production, and consumption, ethnographic methods, culture and food,
and histories of anthropology. Her publications include the book, Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town (Toronto, 1996), based on fieldwork she conducted in Yemen. Her most recent paper on Yemen is published in Illness and Irony, eds. M Lambek and P. Antze (2004). She is currently working on the anthropology of contemporary academic practices, an interest which has led to her forthcoming co- edited volume Auto-ethnographies of Anthropological Practices (with Donna Young). Her other research project investigates the production, circulation, and consumption of Italian extra-virgin olive oil. She has a paper on olive oil in her co-edited collection, Fat (with Don Kulick).
2014 Discourses of Distinction in
Contemporary Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Production. Food and Foodways 22:1-2, 48-64. Yuson Jung and Nicolas
Sternsdorff, guest editors, Crafting Senses: Circulating the Knowledge and
Experience of Taste.
2011 Blood, Sweat and
Tears in a Bottle of Palestinian Olive Oil. Food, Culture and Society 14 (2): 275-290.
2011 Food and Morality in Yemen. In Food: Ethnographic Encounters. Editor, Leo Coleman. New York: Berg. Pp. 17-29.
2008 Time in a Bottle:
The Uneasy Circulation of Palestinian Olive Oil. Middle East Research and Information Project
(MERIP). Fall 248:18-23.
2007 Fashion and Fundamentalisms in Fin
de Siècle Yemen: Chador Barbie and Islamic Socks. Cultural Anthropology 22:214-243.
1998 Analogies and Resonances in the Process of Ethnographic
Understanding. Ethnos 63:202-226.