Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Phyllis P. Chock, Professor Emerita

A pioneer and one of the most sophisticated anthropologists of Greek America. A heart-felt thank you!

Congratulations to Dr. Phyllis Chock
 on her retirement after teaching at CUA since 1971. She served six years as department chair, as many as editor of the Anthropological Quarterlyand, as president of the Anthropological Society of Washington, organized a year-long symposium that resulted in a volume she edited (with June Wyman) on Discourse and the Social Life of Meaning, published by the Smithsonian Press in 1986.
Over the years, her research focus moved from expressions of ethnicity among Greek-Americans to cultural constructions of citizen and alien in path-breaking work on Congressional testimony which contributed to the revaluation of "ethnicity" and "identity" in American anthropology now incorporated into the US Census. At CUA, Dr. Chock supervised dissertation projects from New Guinea to Africa to the US and taught courses from theory and method to linguistic anthropology, including immensely popular courses on gender, cultures in a global world, and identity in America.
The Undergraduate Student Government recognized that achievement with their James E. Dornan Memorial teacher of the year award in 2004, and on her retirement the department presented her an antique Chinese bowl of appropriately ambiguous provenance along with our genuine thanks for her unambiguous contributions.

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