Jason Ritchie

Jason Ritchie

Assistant Professor of Anthropology | PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 2010


BA, Duke University, Durham, NC 2001
MA, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 2004
PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 2010


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 307
Tel: 305.348.3341

My work is motivated by an overarching interest in the complexities – and contradictions – of gender, sexuality, and race in neoliberal/neocolonial states, where the increasing normalization of certain models of homosexuality has paralleled the increasing marginalization of racialized others. Against this backdrop, I am interested, first, in the discursive utility of representations of racialized queer others: the ways in which, for example, often grotesque stories of victimized queers “over there” coalesce with discourses of tolerance and modernity and circulate together as a means of constructing “the nation” as liberal, tolerant, and democratic and its collective other(s) as illiberal, intolerant, and anti-democratic.

At the same time, however, as an ethnographer, I am more concerned with the messy nuances and details of everyday life than simplistic representations of it. To that end, I found in my most recent research with queer Palestinians in Israel-Palestine that attention to their experiences not only offers an opportunity to correct Orientalist/racist assumptions in stories of queer suffering but, more importantly, an opportunity to consider possibilities for articulations of queer desire, subjectivity, and politics that do not conform to hegemonic liberal humanist constructions of personhood and citizenship.

My teaching interests lie broadly in the areas of race, gender, and sexuality; queer theory and feminist theory; nationalism, the state, and theories of biopolitics and sovereignty; activism and the politics of affect in the context of globalization and neocolonialism; and the Middle East and Israel-Palestine.

Fall 2011 Courses - ( see Home Page for Courses & Syllabi)

  • Queer Theory (ANG 6990-U01)

Curriculum Vitae