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Sarah Hautzinger

Associate Professor

Sarah Hautzinger is a socio-cultural anthropologist with research on gender and power; her work emphasizes the interrelatedness of interpersonal, community, and state levels of violent conflict. Since 1990, she has concentrated on the creation of all-women police stations in newly democratizing Brazil, exploring how the women's movement and state reform collaborated in an innovative measure with transformative potential, but also riddled with contradictions. In accompanying neighborhood-based studies, she investigated how violence's role in performing masculinity has been affected by criminalization. A book-length ethnography on this work is in press (California, 2006). More recently, her work has turned to the diffusion of by-men-for-men programs for batterers, though international non-governmental organizations. Encounters between international and local cultures may "train states" and reform social pathologies, but also appear to homogenize notions of gender and personhood. Sarah has also published on economic anthropology collaborative work with Colorado College students, and on teaching anthropology.

Major Interests

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Gender and feminist anthropology
  • Brazil, the Caribbean and Latin America
  • African Diaspora in the New World
  • Urban anthropology
  • Power, politics and violence
  • Police and military organizations

Websites and Podcasts

Regular Classes

  • AN102: Cultural Anthropology - Syllabus
  • AN236: Peoples of Latin America
  • AN237: Blacks in the Caribbean and Latin America - Syllabus
  • AN238: Gender and Class in Latin America - Syllabus
  • AN239: Women, Men, and "Others": Gender Cross-Culturally
  • AN315: Advanced Integrative Seminar: Anthropological Perspectives on Violence - Syllabus
  • AN326: Religion and Ritual - Syllabus - Fieldwork Website
  • AN375: Peoples on the Move: Nomads, Migrants, Sojourners, and Settlers
  • AN376: Culture and Power: Political Anthropology
  • AN377: Living in the Material World I: Economic Anthropology - Syllabus
  • AN378: Living in the Material World II: Colorado Livelihoods

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    • B.A. Reed College, 1986
    • M.A. Johns Hopkins University, 1992
    • Ph. D. Johns Hopkins University, 1998