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Emily Lucitt

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Email    elucitt@ucla.edu
Office  Haines 360

I am an interdisciplinary psychological anthropologist seeking to understand how people are motivated by history and morality to become stakeholders in the future of their communities. Additionally, I am interested in the use of anthropology in business problem solving, design, and leadership development. 

My dissertation theorizes historical empathy by focusing on a case study of members of a social activist campaign in Dublin, Ireland, who oppose a retail development plan that would demolish a historically significant area of the city. I analyze how these individuals understand themselves as part of a larger historical trajectory of struggle against political and economic imperialism. This research can help both activists and developers understand the complexities of corporate-community engagement to develop sustainable partnerships and enterprises.

Fields of Study

Psychological Anthropology


Social activism; historical experience; empathy; urban planning; morality; psychoanalysis; phenomenology; subjectivity; Ireland; post-colonialism; retail development; neoliberalism; New England; ghost stories

Grants and Awards

2017 UCLA Center for Eurasian and Russian Studies Conference Travel Grant

2017 UCLA Department of Anthropology Research Grant

2016 Gaeltacht Summer Award (Ireland-United States Commission for Education Exchange, administered by the Fulbright Commission)

2015 UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies Dissertation Research Grant

2015 UCLA Department of Anthropology Research Grant

2014-15 UCLA Graduate Division Graduate Research Mentorship

2014 Society for Psychological Anthropology/Lemelson Fellowship

2014 UCLA Department of Anthropology Research Grant

2014 UCLA Graduate Division Graduate Summer Research Mentorship

2013 UCLA Department of Anthropology Research Grant

2011 UCSD Department of Anthropology A. Irving Hallowell Award Excellence in Anthropology (Undergraduate)

2011 UCSD Thurgood Marshall College Provost’s Award Exemplary Academic Achievement

2009-11 UCSD Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program


Douglas Hollan (chair)
Jason Throop
Mariko Tamanoi
Amy Woodson-Boulton (Dept of History, Loyola Marymount University)


PhD Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (expected 2019)
MA Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)
BA Anthropology, University of California, San Diego (2011)