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Sylvia Yanagisako

Sylvia Yanagisako

Affiliated Faculty
Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies
Ph.D., University of Washington, Socio-Cultural Anthropology (1975)
M.A., University of Washington, Socio-Cultural Anthropology (1969)
B.A., University of Washington, Anthropology (1967)

Sylvia Yanagisako is the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Her research and publications have focused on kinship, gender, capitalism, and work in Italy and the U.S. She has also written about the orthodox configuration of the discipline of anthropology in the U.S. and suggested alternatives to it (Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology, 2005).Professor Yanagisako is currently completing a collaborative ethnography with Lisa Rofel on the transnational business relations forged by Italian and Chinese textile and garment manufacturers. This book builds on her monograph (Producing Culture and Capital, 2002) which examined the cultural processes through which a technologically-advanced, Italian manufacturing industry was produced.Professor Yanagisako has served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford, and Chair of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford. She received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992.