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Karen Brodkin

Professor Emerita

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Email    kbrodkin@anthro.ucla.edu
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Ph.D., University of Michigan (1971)


2006 Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America Society for the Anthropology of North America 
2001 Excellence in Teaching Award, Women's Studies Program, UCLA


1990 National Science Foundation Grant "Women and Grassroots Activism" 
1989 D.C. Community Council grant production of video“Fishing and the Urban Experience" 
1987 D.C. Community Humanities Council grant "Fishing and the Urban Experience" 
1986 Guest Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies Washington, D.C. 
1986 D.C. Community Humanities Council grant radio show "Fishing in the City." 
1982-84 National Science Foundation grant "Women's Workplace Culture and Kinship
1978-80 Post doctoral fellow, Center for the Study of the Family and the State, Institute for Public Policy, Duke University.

Selected Publications

2009: Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles. Rutgers University Press 

2007: Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles. Rutgers University Press.

1998: How Jews Became White Folks And What That Says About Race In America. Rutgers University Press. (Honorable Mention, 1999 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award). 

1988 Caring By The Hour: Women, Work And Organizing At Duke MedicalCenter. University of Illinois Press(Conrad Arensberg Award, Society for the Anthropology of Work and Honorable Mention Staley Prize in Anthropology) 

1984 My Troubles Are Going To Have Trouble With Me. co edited with D. Remy.New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. 

1979 Sisters And Wives: The Past And Future Of Sexual Equality. Westport: Greenwood 

Selected recent articles: 
2005: A Better World Is Possible? Anthropology and Social Movements Identities 12, 2 
2004 (with Cynthia Strathmann) The Struggle for Hearts and Minds: Organization, Ideology and Emotion. Labor Studies 29,3: 1-25. 
2003: On the Politics of Being Jewish in a Multiracial State Anthropologica 45, 1: 59- 68. 
2000: Global Capitalism: What's Race Got to Do with It? American Ethnologist 27, 2: 237-56. 

1998 Let's Own It! The Struggle of the Lincoln Place Tenants Association. 30 minute documentary video 

Fishing in the City. 30 minute documentary video


Social movements, gender, work and kinship, political economy, theory, migration, race and contemporary North American cultures.