Judith Marie Anderson
Center for Ethnic Studies
Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5585
Professor Judith Anderson has taught and conducted scholarly research in areas including the African Diaspora in the Americas; Latin American Studies, and Race and Identity in Argentina.
She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with an Interdisciplinary focus in Film and Media Studies from the University of Florida at Gainsville, where she also completed a master’s degree in Anthropology, as well as an advanced graduate certificate in Latin American Studies.
Before joining the faculty at BMCC, Professor Anderson taught Latino Urban Ethnography and other subjects at Hunter College/CUNY and York College/CUNY, and she taught in Study Abroad programs in both Brazil and Argentina through the College of New Rochelle. She is widely published, with articles focusing on the experience of the politics of Black identity in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Afro-Descendants in the Americas and other topics.
Afro-Latin America, Argentia, Race and Identity
- Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainseville, Anthropology, Interdisciplinary focus in Film and Media Studies,
- M.A. University of Florida, Gainseville, Anthropology, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies,
- B.A. University of North Texas, Denton, Anthropology,
- B.A. University of North Texas, Denton, Art, Concentration Art History,
- The changing status of women in African traditional societies is compared with changes in the status of Black women in the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil.
- This course studies the varied experiences of Latinos in the United States of America. Through readings, lectures, discussions and fieldwork, students will become familiar with the group and its diverse components from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, while covering representative nationalities such as Mexicans, Salvadorians, Cubans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. The course will survey the history and evolution of Latinos at the same time that it explores issues of culture and identity. Other topics include family, race relations, religion, education, economic incorporation and political participation. Key issues of contemporary interest will also be explored, such as Latinos and immigration, and the impact they have on local, state and nationwide elective office.
- This course examines the diverse peoples and cultures that have populated Latin American and the Caribbean region since pre-Columbian times. It discusses the legacy of European colonization and the subsequent struggles for independence, formation of national identities and the quest for modernization today. The course will place particular emphasis on the production of social movements that respond to social inequality, and conflicting ideologies around ethnicity, race and gender among other factors. The readings illustrate case studies that examine a wide range of topics - ecological adaptation, food production, kinship and local politics, medical and religious beliefs and artistic expressions - from small-scale rural society to large complex urban centers throughout the continent. It will also explore how globalization, intense migration, and transnationalism have generated new notions of identity in the US today.
- This is a summer course taught abroad in a Latin American or Caribbean country. It offers the student the opportunity to travel, to share, to live and to study in another country. From a global perspective, this course explores the history and culture of a selected Latin American or Caribbean country by focusing on religion, homeland, art, family, identity, film, economic development, social and political movements and environment as they are presented as major themes of current research and in the tangible appreciation of the student.
Prerequisite: A functional knowledge of the language of the country or countries visited may be required.
Research and Projects
- Augusto Perlovski, entry in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography,Oxford University Press
- Will the Real Negros Please Stand Up? Understanding the Politics of Black Identity in Buenos Aires, Argentina,Transforming Anthropology
- A Million Little Ways: Racism and Everyday Performances of Blackness in Buenos Aires,African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 7(2): 165- 176
- Neoliberal Dilemmas: Diaspora, Displacement, and Development in Buenos Aires,Afro-Descendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas, Michigan State Univ. Press
- Where to Find Black Identity in Buenos Aires,Black Subjects: Race and Research in Africa and the Atlantic World, Macmillan
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- PSC CUNY Traditional B Grant: “The Performance of Race, Nation and Gender in the Lives of Rita Montero and Josephine Baker,” 2017
Professor Anderson is a member of the American Anthropological Association; the Association of Black Anthropologists; the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology; the National Council for Black Studies; Grupo de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos, and the Rio de la Plata Workshop.