Robert J. Foster
Professor and Chair
Thomas P. Gibson
Anthropologists in Other Departments
Noelle C. Andrus
Nancy Fried Foster
Director of Anthropological Research
Office: Lattimore 436, Telephone: (585) 273-5773
Professor Fordham received her MA from St. John's College in Santa Fe and her Ph.D. from The American University. She was a Visiting Fellow in African & African-American Studies at Yale University from 1988-1989 and the first Presidential Fellow in the Afro-American Studies Program at Princeton University from 1991-1992. Before coming to Rochester last fall, she taught at Rutgers, UMBC and UCONN.
A North Americanist, Professor Fordham conducted field research from 1981-1984 in a public high school in Washington, DC. Support for her research was provided by grants from the Spencer Foundation, NSF, and the OERI (formerly the NIE). Her ethnograhy Blacked Out: Dilemmas of Race, Identity and Success at Capital High was published by the University of Chicago Press (1996). Her other primary publications include: "Black Students School Success: Coping with the Burden of Acting White" (with John Ogbu ); "Why Can't Sonya (and Kwame) Fail Math" (2000). "Speaking Standard English from Nine to Three: Language Usage as Guerrilla Warfare at Capital High" (1998), "Those Loud Black Girls: (Black) Women, Silence, and Gender "Passing" in the Academy" (1993).
Her research interests continue to include (but are not limited to) race, gender and identity politics. She is currently working on three research projects and/or manuscripts: one focusing on race (Passin' for Black: Performing Kinship, Race and Identity in the Imagined Black Community) another whose primary focus is gender (Help!! My Girl Friends Are My Enemies: On Relational Aggression and the PO MO (Post Modern [Black]) Girl's Academic Performance) and finally a longitudinal study ("Acting White After Capital High") of the achievements and failures of the key informants at Capital High.
List of Current Courses
List of Past Courses
ANT 103: Women in Society
ANT 210: Anthropology and Education
ANT 270: Urban Schools: Race and Gender