Ph.D. Harvard University, 1976
cultural anthropology, ethnography of law and politics, state power, ethnography and democracy, United States
Carol Greenhouse is the Arthur W. Marks professor and department Chair of Anthropology at Princeton University. Carol is a cultural anthropologist with primary interests in the ethnography of the law and politics. Her interests focus on the discursive and experiential dimensions of state power, especially federal power in the United States, and the reflexive and critical connections – in the U.S. and elsewhere – between ethnography and democracy. She is also interested in ethnographic genres as forms of knowledge, literariness and social action. Her publications include A Moment's Notice: Time Politics Across Cultures; Praying for Justice: Faith, Order, and Community in an American Town; and Law and Community in Three American Towns (with Barbara Yngvesson and David Engel); as well as edited volumes, Democracy and Ethnography: Constructing Identities in Multicultural Liberal States and (with Elizabeth Mertz and Kay Warren) Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Life in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change. She has taught at Cornell University (1977-1991) and Indiana University - Bloomington (1991-2001), and has served as visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Professor Greenhouse teaches courses on the ethnography of the United States, the social effects of political instability, and the cultural dimensions of political and legal institutional processes.