Curriculum Vitae

ALISSA JORDAN, PhD

CONTACT

199 Riverside Dr. Apt 3
Florence, MA
Tel: 909-289-6212
Email: alissa.jordan@yale.edu
Tel: 203-764-9401

LANGUAGES

Spanish: Fluent S/R    Kreyòl:  Fluency S/R    French: Intmd.Fluency R     Swahili: Basic S/R

EDUCATION

Dec. 2016     PhD Cultural Anthropology. University of Florida Department of Anthropology. Atlas of Skins: A Sensual Map of Becoming Persons, Becoming Werewolves, and Becoming Zonbi in a Haitian Vodou Courtyard

2009             MA Social Sciences. University of Chicago. Cum Laude. Greeting The End of The World With Assault Rifles: Narratives of Tyranny and a Chronotope of the Post-Apocalypse in the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia

2007             BA in Anthropology. Indiana University. Highest Honors and Departmental Honors. Honors Thesis: Salt for the Living, Salt for the Dead: Salt use in rites of transition and socio-economic correlates.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2017-Curr.    Media, Teaching, & Anthropology.  Human Relations Area Files. Yale University.
2016-2017    Melvin Ember Research Fellow. Human Relations Area Files. Yale University.
2016              Criser Fellow. Harn Museum of Art. University of Florida

 

PUBLICATIONS

In Review             Jordan, A.M. & Vadala, J. “Assembling Ugandan Knuckles: VRChat, white gamer pleasures, and the image of the “African Other” in virtual reality” Digital Studies Peer Reviewed Journal.

In Review             Jordan, A.M. “Feeling Roads: Contestation, forced labor, and uncanny encounters on Haiti’s road networks” Interdisciplinary Peer Reviewed Journal

Revise/Resubmit Jordan, A.M. (Author) Unbroken Work of Becoming: Travay & Other Sensuous Media of Embodied Being in Haitian Petwo Vodou. (Co-Director of accompanying short film “Travay” with Wobenso Exantus, N. Exantus, M. Exantus. M. Sen Pierre, W. Sen Ville, J. Vadala, S. Olsinski.) Peer Reviewed Journal

Forthcoming    Jordan, A.M. “Vodou Skins: Enculturated Perception in Early Childhood Practices in Rural Haiti” in Vodou Matters Eds. Tim Landry, Eric Montgomery, and Christian Vannier. Indiana University Press

Forthcoming    Nagy, R. and A.M. Jordan. 2018. “On the Cutting Edge: Emerging Contemporary Art in Ghana”. African Arts. Peer Reviewed Journal

2014                 AMJ. 2014. “Kongo Memory in the Afro Atlantic.” In: Kongo Across the Waters edited by S. Cooksey,  R. Poynor, H. Vanhee. Gainesville: University of Florida. Peer Reviewed Book.

2012                 Jordan, A.M. 2012. “Border Agents of the Beyond in Haiti”. Anthropology News.

2011                 Jordan, A. M. 2011. “No Room for Fate.” Winning Photograph, Caption. Anthropology News.

2011                 Jordan, A.M. 2011 October. “Joy trumps Misery in Haiti”. Article, Photo. Gainesville Sun.

AWARDS & HONORS

2016           Research Award. Emerging Artists in Ghana. Center for African Studies. Univ of Florida

2016           Criser Award. For Emerging Artists in Ghana Research. Harn Museum of Art, Univ of Florida.

2016             Criser Fellowship. Museum Director’s Menteeship. Harn Museum of Art, Univ of Florida

2016             Dissertation Writing Fellowship. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Univ of Florida

2015             Course Design Grant. For Global Humankind. Department of Anthropology and
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida.

2015             Latin American Studies Grant. For “Werewolf Metaphysics and Chanpwel SecurityCenter for Latin American Studies. University of Florida.

2014             Land Use and Environmental Change Institute Grant. For “Why You Need Us: An Ethnographic Informant’s Perspective on Anthropology & Development Practices in Haiti.” October 10, 2014, University of Florida.

2014             College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Grant. For Why You Need Us: An Ethnographic Informant’s Perspectives Anthropology & Development Practices in Haiti October 10, 2014, University of Florida.

2014             UF Anthropology Departmental Fund. For Why You Need Us: An Ethnographic    Informant’s Perspective on Anthropology & Development Practices in Haiti. October 10, 2014, University of Florida.

2014             UF Anthropology Departmental Fund. For Latourian Archaeology.

2012             Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship. U.S. State Department. Fellow in Haitian Creole. Center for Latin American Studies. University of Florida. $33,000

2010-16       Alumni Graduate Fellow. Department of Anthropology. University of Florida $140,000

2011              A. Curtis Wilgus Fellowship for Field Research. Center for Latin American Studies. University of Florida.

2009             Graduate Student Award. Graduate School. University of Chicago.

2007             National Science Foundation REU Fellow. Bioarchaeology of Bab edh’ Dhra.
University of Notre Dame.

2006             Distinguished Alumni Association Fellowship for Undergraduates for College of Arts and Sciences. Indiana University, Bloomington

2006             Hutton Honors College Grant. Hutton Honors College. Indiana University.

2003             Twenty-First Century 4-Year Scholarship. Indiana University, Bloomington.

INVITED TALKS

2018 (Forth.)    Jordan, A.M. “Thinking with Film and Non-Linear Narrative: Visible and invisible relations in a Haitian lakou a (family courtyard)” in Visualising the Visible and the Invisible: ethnography and technologies of the unseen, chaired by Paolo Favero and Samuel Collins at the 117th  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jose, November 2018.

2018             Jordan, A.M. Film Screening.  25 minutes.  “Travay/Travail”.  In Visual Vodou and Vodu: Resembling and Re-Assembling Spirit Service through Visual Anthropology, chaired by Christian Vannier at the American Ethnological Society/Society for Visual Anthropology Annual Meeting. March 2018.

2018             Jordan, A.M. Crafting Ethnographic Modernities: eHRAF and the Human Relations Area Files Project. In Digital and Virtual Matter(s): Quasi-Objects of Archaeological Analysis and Representation, chaired by Jeffrey Vadala. Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference. March 2018.

2017             Jordan, A.M. United States of Armageddon: Security, Discipline, and Apocalyptic Liberation in a Contemporary Right-Wing Militia. Wesleyan University. November 2017.

2017             Jordan, A.M. Vodou Skins: Enculturated Perception in Early Childhood Practices in Rural Haiti. In Vodou Matters chaired by Tim Landry, Eric Montgomery, Christian Vannier. The 116th Annual American Anthropological Association Conference. Washington, DC.

2015        Jordan, A.M. The Ethical Aesthetics of Recycling Your Body Parts: Zonbi Practices in Petwo Vodou In: Zombie: The Haitian and American Realities behind the Myth, organized by J.L. Matory, Duke University. Presented by the Center for African and African American Studies.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION

Papers Presented

2017             Jordan, A.M. Closing Paper. Round Table: Creative Coalescing/ Artists of KNUST and Ghana’s Contemporary Art Revolution. Arts Council of the African Studies Association Triennial Conference, chaired by Rebecca Nagy, Susan Cooksey, and Alissa Jordan. August 2017

2016             Jordan, A.M. Zonbi Aesthetics and Surfaces of Selves: Practices of Assembling,Disassembling, and Reusing Persons in Haitian Petwo Courtyards. In Identity,  Aesthetics, Possession at the 115th Annual A merican Anthropology Association Meeting. Minneapolis.

2016             Jordan, A.M. Contemporary Archaeology of Haitian Vodou Caching. In: Colonial and Caribbean Archaeology At the 81st Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting.

2015             Jordan, A.M. Chanpwèl Security and Werewolf Metaphysics: Technologies of Magic, Defense, and Diagnosis in Petwo-Kongo and Chanpwèl Vodou Practice” in Navigating the Sacred: American Ethnological Society at the 114th Annual American Anthropology Association Conference.

2014             Jordan, A.M. Life Hacking Latour: Vodou Caching and Assemblage Theory. In Latourian Archaeology, Organized by Jeffrey Vadala, Alissa Jordan, Randee Fladeboe. At the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference 2014. University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign

2012             Jordan, A.M. Werewolves and Infrastructure, With Vigilante Justice In Between: Lougawou in Post- Quake Haiti and the Night Time Roads that Carry Them. In: Emergent Movements during States of Emergency in Post-Quake Haiti. Organized by Tess Kulstad and Alissa Jordan. At the 59th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Gainesville, FL.

2011             Jordan, A.M. Dream-walking through disaster worlds: Making future resistance, and the architecture of catastrophe in a contemporary US militia. In Violence, Security and the State. At the American Ethnological Society and Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2007             Jordan, A.M. and D. Bradley. Incidence of Osteomata in the Bab edh’ Dhra Skeletal Collection from Charnal House A22. 2007 Indiana Academy of Sciences Meeting. Indianapolis.

2006             Jordan, A.M. Salt Use in Rites of Transition and Its Subsistence Correlates. Paper Presentation. Theory and Method in the Study of Diet and Human Adaptation, chaired by Alissa Jordan. Society for American Archaeology. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Panels Organized

2017             with R. Nagy, S. Cooksey,. Round Table: Creative Coalescing/ Artists of KNUST and Ghana’s Contemporary Art Revolution. Arts Council of the African Studies Association Triennial Conference. August 2017

2014             Why Anthropologists Need Us: Ethnographic Practices in Haiti from the perspective of an Ethnographic Participant. Invited Speaker: Michel St. Phard. Presented by the Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and LUECI

2014             with J. Vadala, R. Fladeboe. Latourian Archaeology: Object Agency, Actor Network Theory and Modes of Existence. At the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference 2014. University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign

2012             with Tess Kulstad. Emergent Movements during States of Emergency in Post-Quake Haiti. Co-Organized by At the 59th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Gainesville, FL.

CAMPUS/DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

2017             with R. Nagy, S. Cooksey. On the Cutting Edge: The Contemporary Art Scene in Accra and Kumasi. Center for African Studies Baraza Lecture Series. January 2016.

2014             Jordan, A.M. Werewolf Metaphysics: Magic, Ritual, and Technology in Rural Haiti. In Florida Association of Student Anthropologists at the University of Florida Department of Anthropology

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016             Global Humankind. Department of Anthropology. Univ of Florida and UF Online.

2015             Course Designer. Global Humankind. Department of Anthropology. Univ of Florida and UF Online.

2015             Module Designer. Digital Anthropology. Department of Anthropology. Univof Florida.

2014             Race and Racism. Department of Anthropology, Univ of Florida.

2013             Course Design Assistant. Consumer Culture. with Dr. Susan Gillespie. Department of Anthropology. Univ of Florida.

2012             Human Sexuality. Department of Anthropology. Univ of Florida.

2012             Sex-Roles Cross-Culturally. Department of Anthropology. Univof Florida.

2011             Teaching Assistant. Political Anthropology. With Dr. Brenda Chalfin. Department of Anthropology. Univ of Florida.

RESEARCH POSITIONS

2017-Curr.    Media, Teaching, & Anthropology Fellow.  Human Relations Area Files. Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut.

2016-2017    Melvin Ember Research Fellow. Human Relations Area Files. Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut.

2016             Research Fellow. Criser Museum Studies Fellowship (2). Harn Museum of Art. University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

2016             Research Fellow. Criser Museum Studies Fellowship (1). Harn Museum of Art. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

2017             Principal Investigator.  Northwest and Central Haitian Field Sites. Research Followup. Arcahaie, Saint Marc, Haiti.

2017             Principal Investigator. “Aesthetics, Space, Resistance in Art Activism in Contemporary Ghana” Field research in Accra. Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

2016             Co-Principal Investigator. “Digital Networks and Contemporary Art in Ghana.” with Harn Museum of Art Director Rebecca Nagy and Curator of African Arts Susan Cooksey. Accra & Kumasi, Ghana.

2016             Principal Investigator.Northwest Haitian Field Sites, Research Follow Up. Arcahaie and Saint Marc, Haiti.

2016             Museum Director’s Research Assistant. Dr. Rebecca Nagy. Samuel P. Harn Museum. University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida

2016             Museum Director’s Intern. Dr. Rebecca Nagy, Harn Museum Director. University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

2015             Principal Investigator.Northwest Haitian Fieldsite, Research Followup. Arcahaie, Haiti.

2015             Research Assistant. Dr. Jeffrey Vadala. “Virtual Reality Design and Reconstruction of a Pre-Classic Maya City by the Sea”. Yucatan Region, Mexico.

2015             Curatorial Assistant (Internship). Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

2014             Research Assistant. “Accra Infrastructure and Architecture”. Dr. Brenda Chalfin. Director of the Center for African Studies. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

2013-14       Principal Investigator. “Atlas of Nanm: Becoming Persons, Becoming Werewomen, Becoming Zonbi in a rural Haitian courtyard.” Dissertation Research. Arcahaie and Artibonite, Haiti.

2010-15      Alumni Fellow. Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

2012             Principal Investigator. Preliminary Dissertation Research. Barbancourt, Haiti.

2011             Principal Investigator. “We Refuse to Become Animals: Social Strategies for Disaster & Risk Mediation in a post-earthquake Haitian IDP Camp.” Exploratory Dissertation Research. Arcahaie, Haiti.

2009             Curatorial Assistant (Internship). Oriental Institute Museum. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

2007             Research Fellow. National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship. “Bioarchaeology of Bab edh Dhra”. Biological Anthropology Laboratory. Notre Dame University.

2005             Assistant Research Director. Semliki National Forest, Uganda. Semliki Chimpanzee Project. Indiana University. Dr. Kevin Hunt.

2004             Museum Collections Practicum (2). Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Indiana University, Bloomington.

2004             Museum Collections Practicum (1). Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Indiana University, Bloomington.

 

CURATION & EXHIBITION

2014             Jordan, A.M. and S. Hussey, Co-Curators. The Visual Art of Anthropology. Turlington Hall Permanent Photography Exhibit presented by the Department of Anthropology

2013             Jordan, A.M. and DaSilva, N.M, Co-curators
Mother of the Sea: Tracing Yemaja in Africa and the Americas. University Galleries Exhibit, Grinter Hall.

2013             Jordan, A.M, Curator
Spirit Bodies: Kongo Inspirations in Afro-Creole Sacred Objects. Curator. Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. 2013

2009             Jordan, A.M, Audio Exhibit AuthorPowerful Nature: History of Animal, Human and Environmental Representations in the Ancient Near East. Oriental Institute Museum. University of Chicago.

2009             Jordan, A.M, Exhibit Study Author Ethnographic Study of Visitor Behavior in The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt. Oriental Institute Museum. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2014-2017  Women’s health advocate. Arcahaie, Haiti

2011             Volunteer Teacher. Subjects: English, Art. Camp Mahanaim, Barbancourt, Haiti.

2011             Community Organizer.  Global DIRT. Cite Soleil, Haiti.

2010             Post-Earthquake liason. United Sikhs. Throughout Haiti.

2005-2012  International Projects Coordinator. .Rwenzori Regional District Community Association. Kasese, Uganda. Indiana, USA. Gainesville, USA

COURSES PREPARED TO TEACH

Race, Racism, Visuality
Creative Digital Cultures in African Atlantic
Visual Ethnographies of African Atlantic
Critical Digital Ethnography
Security/Insecurity
Critical Realities & Digital Worlds
Security, Gender, Power
Magic, Science, Technology
Afro-Creole Religions and Metaphysics

 

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