Professor of Anthropology
OCGE 310
(610) 330-5188


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Arizona

Special interests: Social memory and collective silencing; monuments and memorials; French North Africa; postcolonial Europe; U.S. settler societies, race and ethnicity

Selected Publications
  • Messy Europe: Racialization and Crisis in a Postcolonial World. Kristin Loftsdottir, Brigitte Hipl, and Andrea L. Smith, editors. Bergahn Press, 2018.
  • Rebuilding Shattered Worlds Through Recollection: Creating Community by Voicing the Past (with Anna Einstein). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
  • Remembering Fourth and Lehigh: A Work of Collaborative Anthropology. Andrea L. Smith, editor. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Press, 2016.
  • Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
  • Smith, Andrea L., editor.  Europe’s Invisible Migrants. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2003.
Journal Articles:
  • Monuments, Legitimization Ceremonies, and Haudenosaunee Rejection of Sullivan-Clinton Markers (with Nëhdöwes, Randy A. John). New York History 101(2): 343-365, 2020.
  • Savagism, Silencing, and American Setllerism: Commemorating the Wyoming Battle of the American Revolutionary War. Settler Colonial Studies 10(3): 353-377, 2020.
  • Settler Colonialism and the Revolutionary War: New York’s 1929 “Pageant of Decision.” The Public Historian 41(4): 7-35, 2019.
  • Postscript to Citizenship in the Colony: Naturalization Law and Legal Assimilation in 19th Century Algeria. Political and Legal Anthropology Review, special virtual issue: The Promise and Pathos of Law, 2015.
  • Thoroughly Mixed Yet Thoroughly Ethnic: Indexing Class with Ethnonyms (with Anna Einstein). Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 23(2): E1-22, 2013.
  • Settler Sites of Memory and the Work of Mourning, French Politics, Culture, Society 31(3): 65-92, 2013.
  • Settler Historical Consciousness in the Local History Museum. Museum Anthropology 35(2): 156-172, 2011.
  • (with Rachel Scarpato) “The Language of ‘Blight’ and Easton’s ‘Lebanese Town’: Understanding a Neighborhood’s Loss to Urban Renewal.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 134(2), 2010.
  • “Learning from Student Autobiographical Writings, Transcending Classroom Divides.” Teaching the Isms. Feminist Pedagogy Across the Disciplines, Mary Beckman et al, eds. Pp. 18-33. Towson, MD: Institute for Teaching and Research on Women, 2010.
  • “Coerced or Free? Considering Post-colonial Returns.” Removing Peoples. Forced Removal in the Modern World. Richard Bessel and Claudia Haake, eds. Pp. 395-414.  Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • “Transnationalism and the Immigrant: Continuity or Paradigm Shift?” Identities. Global Studies in Culture and Power 15(4):462-481, 2009.
  • “Mormon Forestdale.” Journal of the Southwest. 47(2):165-208, 2005.
  • “Colonialism and the Poisoning of Europe: Towards an Anthropology of Colonists.” Journal of Anthropological Research 50:383-393, 2004.
  • “Germany’s Anti-Foreigner Crisis: State Disunity and Collective ‘Forgetting.’” Journal of Historical Sociology 7(4):393-415, 2004.
  • “Murder in Jerba: Honor, Shame and Hospitality in Ottoman Tunisia.” History and Anthropology 15(2):107-32, 2004.
  • “Heteroglossia, ‘Common Sense,’ and Social Memory.” American Ethnologist 1(2):251-269, 2004.
  • “Place Replaced: Colonial Nostalgia and Pied-noir Pilgrimages to Malta.” Cultural Anthropology18(3):329-294, 2003.
  • “The Maltese in Tunisia before the Protectorate, 1850s-1870s: Towards a Revised Image.”  Journal of Mediterranean Studies 10(1-2) 183-202, 2000.
  • “Citizenship in the Colony: Naturalization Law and Legal Assimilation in Nineteenth-Century Algeria.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review 19(1):33-49, 1996.
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Global Colonialism
  • Mapping Identities
  • Racial Formations in Contemporary Europe
  • Rebuilding Shattered Worlds Through Recollection
  • FYS:  The Sounds of Silence
  • FYS: Leaving Downtown: Race and the Suburbs
  • Social Memory
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • European Communities
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Theories of Society