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Dr. Mieka Brand Polanco

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office Location: Sheldon 215
Phone: (540) 568-7972
E-mail: polancmb (at) jmu (dot) edu


M.A., Ph. D. University of Virginia
B.A. New York Univeristy


Cultural anthropology; History of Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology; Space/Culture/Power; Medical Anthropology; African-American Culture and History (IDLS Capstone); Punishment and the State


African-American anthropology; social space; race & politics of racial identity; cultural geography; history production; politics of memory

Recent Publications:

2008. Guest Editor (with Heather Horst), special issue of Home Cultures 5(1).

2008. “Gating Union: The Politics of Making a Historically Black Community.”  Home Cultures 5(1):27-48.

2007. “Making Moonshine: Thick Histories in a U.S. Historically Black Community.”  Anthropology and Humanism 32(1):52-61.