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The University of Rochester envisions itself as a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, patient care, performance, and community service. In a pluralistic culture, that community includes faculty, students, and staff who represent important differences. Read More

Kathryn Mariner
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Kathryn Mariner joins the faculty after finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

As a cultural anthropologist, Mariner examines the intersection of race, class, and kinship in the United States through the frame of adoption and social inequality. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Contingent Kinship: The Flows and Futures of Adoption in the United States, based on her research at a private adoption agency in Chicago between 2009 and 2016. The book explores the speculative logics of adoption by attending to how raced and classed exchanges of power, money, and knowledge produce notions of the child as an imagined future. The book is based on Mariner’s doctoral dissertation, which won the Lichtstern Distinguished Dissertation Prize from the University of Chicago’s Department of Anthropology. Mariner is also trained in clinical social work and uses that background to inform her ethnographic practice.

Mariner’s teaching experience includes courses on writing, race, and social inequality. Her planned teaching for the 2016–17 academic year includes courses on the black body, kinship, reproduction, and whiteness.
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12.09.16  ·  

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