BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Deborah Reed-Danahay, PhD, of Buffalo,
professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo, has been
awarded a Yip Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge
University, for the 2012 Michaelmas (October to Christmas)
She will be in residence at Cambridge during her sabbatical from
UB, working on two book manuscripts. One addresses the Vietnamese
diaspora and employs memoirs written by Vietnamese refugees in the
U.S. and in France.
The second is about French sociologist/ethnologist and public
intellectual Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002), whose books included "La
Distinction," considered one of 10 most important sociological
books of the 20th century. Reed-Danahay already has written a book
and several articles dealing with the implications of Bourdieu's
work for sociocultural anthropology.
Reed-Danahay' primary specializations are political anthropology
and French social theory. She has published studies of rural
France, and is interested in national and supranational identities
in contemporary Europe.
She recently turned her attention to the citizenship practices
of Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S., the subject of her 2012 book,
"Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and
Vietnamese Immigrants" (Stanford University Press), coauthored with
Caroline Brettell. She has previously published on citizenship in
the European Union.
Reed-Danahay taught at the University of Texas, Arlington, and
served as chair of the Anthropology Department at Buffalo State
College for two years before joining the UB faculty in 2008. She is
the director of the Center for European Studies (CEUS) at UB and is
the current president of the Society for the Anthropology of
The Yip Fellowship provides room and board for visiting fellows,
who must be nominated by a member of the Magdalene College faculty.
Reed-Danahay's nominator is social psychologist and sociologist
Brendan Burchell, PhD, senior lecturer in sociology at
Reed-Danahay's UB colleague, Ezra Zubrow, PhD, professor of
anthropology and a specialist in GIS and demography, was a Yip
Fellow at Magdalene College in 2008 and again in 2010.