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Judith L. Goldstein

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Judith L. Goldstein (BA University of Chicago, PhD Princeton University), Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, has done ethnographic and archival research in Iran, Israel, Paris, and Rome. She has published on aesthetics and modernity; on folk theater and popular culture; on diasporic literature; on consumer culture in nineteenth-century Paris and the contemporary United States; and on visual and material culture. Her published work includes, “The Things They Left Behind” (2014); “Purity and Danger: Its Life and Afterlife” (2012); “The Tear Jar” (2009); “The Origin of the Specious” (2004); “Bought in Italy” (2003); “Realism Without a Human Face” (1995); “The Female Aesthetic Community” (1993, reprinted 1995); and several encyclopedia articles on the Iran. Professor Goldstein has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (1982-1983); the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University (1989, 1994); and The Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (2010). At Vassar, Professor Goldstein’s courses were cross-listed with Jewish Studies, Media Studies, American Culture, Women’s Studies and Art History.