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New Faculty 2013-2014

hubbard_photo_2013.jpgEdward Akintola Hubbard
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Edward Akintola Hubbard is Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Africana Studies Program. He holds a BA from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, an MA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Harvard University. He completed his doctoral studies in social anthropology in 2011 and came to NYU in the fall of 2013.

His regional focus is the Afro-Atlantic – specifically Cape Verde, Brazil and the Caribbean – with interests in pop culture, media, creolization, globalization, gothic and carnivalesque aesthetics, gender and sexuality. His dissertation research, based on three years of multi-sited fieldwork, is entitled Creolization and Contemporary Pop Iconicity in Cape Verde. His forthcoming publications include articles that explore the process of black abjection in creole cultures by way of analysis of multiple forms of ethnographic data, primarily blason populaire; an experimental piece on race and the experience of the uncanny in ethnographic research; and a monograph on the globalization of acoustic batuku music in Cape Verde.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Akin offers courses in Africana Studies on creolization and pop culture in the Afro-Atlantic; avant-pop aesthetics (examining the intersection of popular and experimental modes in the art of Trinidad Carnival and in Brazilian pop music); and an ethnographic research methods course that focuses on black communities in New York City.

fisher_photo_2013.jpgMelissa S. Fisher
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Melissa Fisher joins the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology at Columbia University, and her B.A. at Barnard College. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the Alfred Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Lancaster University, and the Center for Organizational Research at Stockholm University.

Fisher’s research is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of finance, urban studies, and gender, and her work links insights from critical social theory with ethnographic research. Her book, Wall Street Women (Duke University Press, 2012), ethnographically examines how the first cohort of women in finance enacted “market feminisms,” incorporating tenets of liberal feminism such as equal rights into Wall Street institutions and practice. It also explores how they feminized markets. Fisher has also published numerous book chapters and in journals including City and Society and Collaborative Anthropologies. An article on socially responsible investing as a form of financial dissent that seeks to inscribe gendered concerns into everyday investment is forthcoming in the edited volume: Political Affairs: Bridging Markets and Politics. She is also the co-editor of Frontiers of Capitalism: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke Press, 2006), which was nominated for the International Political Economy Group Book Prize in 2007; and she serves on the advisory board of Framing 21st Social Issues (Routledge Press). 

Fisher’s current project is on the emergence of “the shared economy” after the global financial crisis. Specifically, she is exploring how new urban economic movements and practices counter hegemonic forms of global capitalism. This fall she will be teaching “Geographies of Governance, Development, and Mainstream Feminism” and “Gender in the Urban Environment.”