Deborah Thomas: The Time of the Archive

Anthropologist Deborah Thomas delivers the 2014 Black History Month keynote lecture. Thomas received her Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University in 2000 and is currently professor of anthropology and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include nationalism and alternative sovereignties; globalization; race and gender; labor migration; transnationalism and diaspora; cultural politics; performance; violence and the transformation of space; culture and political economy; popular culture; and the aribbean. She is the author of Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica, Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica, and is co-editor of Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness (with Kamari Clarke).