College of the Atlantic is pleased to announce the appointment of anthropology professor Netta van Vliet, Ph.D. to the permanent faculty.
Van Vliet, who completed her doctoral studies at Duke University, describes her teaching and research in political anthropology as interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of postcolonial studies, literature, psychoanalysis and feminist theory.
“Anthropology is interested in questions of difference, and many students may also be drawn to study anthropology because in today’s political climate, within which questions of difference are at the top of the news cycle and often on the top of many people’s minds, learning to grapple with these often-complex, sometimes uncomfortable questions is essential,” van Vliet said.
Van Vliet’s background is multinational. Her mother is Israeli, her father Dutch. Born in Canada, she soon moved to the United States. After spending time in Central America and Israel following high school, she did her first year of undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, later transferring to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and a graduate certificate in gender, sexuality and feminist studies from Duke University.
“The hiring of Netta van Vliet assures COA’s deep pedagogical commitment to political and cultural anthropology, postcolonial studies, and feminist theory. She is an incredible scholar and teacher,” said COA Academic Dean Ken Hill. “Netta’s expertise will help our students explore the complexities of society and become able to address emergent issues in the world.”
In her research, van Vliet focuses on issues of…