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BA (McGill) 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).
2020 Anthropology News, 29 June 2020 The Distance of a Hockey Stick, Pandemic Insights.
2020a Hope in the Ruins: Seeds, Plants, and Possibilities of Regeneration. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, online.
2020b The Olive and Imaginaries of the Mediterranean. History and Anthropology 31 (1):66-83.
2019 Walk This Way: Fitbit and Other Kinds of Walking in Palestine. Cultural Anthropology 34(1):130-154.
2018 Consumerism. Annual Review of Anthropology 47:117-32.
2017 The Zabidi House. Architectural Heritage of Yemen: Buildings that Fill My Eye. Ed. Trevor H.J. Marchand, pp. 194-203. London: Gingko Library.
2016 Checking Your Waistline at the Checkpoint: Dieting as a Peace Initiative. Jerusalem Quarterly 68:90-103.
2014a The Accidental Pilgrims: Olive Pickers in Palestine. Religion and Society: Advances in Research 5: 186-199.
2014b Resistance is Fertile! The Re-invention of Food: Connection and Mediation, Cristina Grasseni and Heather Paxson, guest editors. Special Edition of Gastronomica Vol. 14(4):70-79.
2014c The Qualities of Palestinian Olive Oil in Fat: Culture and Materiality, Christopher E. Forth and Alison Leitch, eds. pp. 17-31. New York: Bloomsbury.
2014d Discourses of Distinction in Contemporary Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Production. Food and Foodways 22 (1-2): 48-64.
2014e Comment on Andrew Bevan’s “Mediterranean Containerism.” Current Anthropology 55 (4):408-409.
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.
2003 Scared Sick or Silly? Social Analysis 47(2):21-39. Also reprinted in Illness and Irony. M. Lambek and P. Antze, eds. 2004 New York: Berghahn.
1999 Goods and Goodness. Social Analysis 43(3):69-88.
1999 Introduction to "The Structuring of Subjectivities in Material Worlds." Social Analysis 43(3):1-5.
1998 Analogies and Resonances in the Process of Ethnographic Understanding. Ethnos 63:202-226.