Research Interests: Symbolic, Interpretive, Psychiatric ,and Philosophical (Existential and Phenomenological) Anthropology, Pragmatics, Literary Anthropology, Narratives of the Self, Anthropology of the Law, Religion, North Africa, South Africa, France, and the U.S.
Vincent Crapanzano is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of nine books and co-editors of two. (He is completing two others). His books have been translated into French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Czech. He has lectured at most of the major universities in the United States as well as in Canada, England, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, and Brazil. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Queens College, the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the University of Paris (Nanterre), the University of Cape Town, and several universities in Brazil.
Among academic journals, he has published in The American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, Ethos, Current Anthropology, the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropological Theory, Psychiatry, Psyche, L’Homme, the Journal of Ritual Studies, the Yale Review of Criticism, and Critical Inquiry as well as in numerous collections and anthologies. He has also written for The New Yorker Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the TLS and other newspapers and magazines. He has served as the President of the Society of Psychological Anthropology from which he received a Life-Time Award for his Contributions to Psychological Anthropology. Among the grants and fellowships he has received are from NIMH, NSF, NEH, the Rockefeller, Mellon, Guggenheim, Wenner-Gren foundations, the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, the CNRS (France), etc. He was a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at California Institute of Technology, a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, a Jensen Lecturer at the Frobenius Institute at the University of Frankfurt, a longtime participant of the Society for Transcultural Studies in Chicago and a member of NYU’s Institute of the Humanities, PEN.
He has done fieldwork among the Navaho (on everyday life), in Morocco (on spirit possession, indigenous therapies, and modes of self-articulation), in South Africa (on attitudes of “whites” in South Africa at the height of apartheid), on literalism among Christian Fundamentalists and Legal Conservatives in the United States, and among the Harkis in France.
He has been on various committees at the Graduate Center, and the Executive Officer in the Program in Comparative Literature for more than nine years. He is committed to interdisciplinary (or, as he prefers, transdisciplinary studies) as well as broadening relations among “foreign” scholars (if only to call attention to the parochialism of various anthropological traditions, including, most notably, those of the United States). He has been an active in the Program in Critical Studies at the Graduate Center.