Claire Cesareo

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Anthropology Instructor
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Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Saddleback College

Professor Cesareo joined the faculty of Saddleback College in 2000, after having previously taught at several other colleges/universities including Whittier College, New York University and Columbia University. She is a cultural anthropologist who continues to do research, primarily in Brazil, on issues of agrarian reform, social movements, and the construction and use of social memory. Other areas of interest include visual anthropology, especially the use of photography in the construction of memory, the role of religion in social change, and the politics of ethnographic practice.

Her current projects include a study of the landless workers movement in Brazil and the creation of a nostalgic ideology and a study of religious iconography in tattoo design.

Professor Cesareo is also currently Anthropology Department Chair, Educational Planning and Assessment Coordinator, and Co-Grievance Chair of the SOCCCD Faculty Association.

Ph.D. (ABD)
, Anthropology, Columbia University, 2019
M.Phil., Anthropology, Columbia University, 1992
M.A., Anthropology, Columbia University, 1989
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1985

Courses Taught
Anth 1 – Biological Anthropology
Anth 2 – Cultural Anthropology
Anth 3 – Culture and Language
Anth 5 – Anthropology of Latin America
Anth 6 – Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective
Anth 13 – Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft
Anth 14 – Introduction to Visual Culture
Anth 21 – Women, Gender, and Culture: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
ES 1 – Multicultural Experiences in the United States
ES 3 – Introduction to Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Cultures

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant (1995)
SSRC-MacArthur Committee on International Peace and Security Research Workshop Award (1995)
Lindt Dissertation Writing Fellowship (1994-5)
Fulbright-Hays IIE Grant (1992-3)
Wenner-Grant Foundation Grant (1992-3)
Columbia University Traveling Fellowship (1991-2)
Sigma Xi Research Foundation Award (1991)
American Women in Science Award (1991)
Inter-American Foundation Master’s Fellowship (1990)
Institute of Latin American And Iberian Studies at Columbia University Travel Grant (1990)
MacArthur Foundation Dissertation Development Grant (1989)
Columbia University Presidential Fellowship (1988-98)