Carmen WhiteAnspach Hall 135A 
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  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, 1997
  • M.A., Washington University, St. Louis, 1991
  • B.A., Washington University, St. Louis, 1987

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Educational Anthropology
  • Oceanic Societies
  • Comparative Education
  • Comparative Perspectives on Minorities and Schooling

Research Interests

  • Educational Anthropology
  • Comparative Inequality
  • Comparative Education
  • Political Anthropology
  • Colonialism and Neo-colonialism
  • Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class
  • African Diaspora
  • Oceanic Societies

Selected Publications

  • Carmen M. White. "Deficit Thinking Redux: Cultural Deficit Discourse and an Urban Community and School in Fiji." Social Identities (Forthcoming).
  • Carmen M. White. 2013. "Subjective Difference: Institutional Culture and the Assessment of Fijian Female Academic Achievement." Ethnography and Education 8(1):31-45.
  • Carmen M. White. 2010. "Rastafarian Repatriates and the Negotiation of Place in Ghana." Ethnology 49(4):303-320.
  • Carmen M. White. 2007. "Living in Zion: Rastafarian Repatriates in Ghana, West Africa." Journal of Black Studies 37(5):677-709.
  • Carmen M. White. 2007. "More Authentic Than Thou: Authenticity and Othering in Fiji Tourism Discourse." Tourist Studies 7(1):25-49.
  • Carmen M. White. 2007. "Schooling in Fiji" in Going to School in Oceania (The Global School Room book series) eds. C. Campbell and G. Sherrington. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press Pp. 79-132.
  • Carmen M. White. 2003. "Historicizing Educational Disparity: Colonial Policy and Fijian Educational Attainment." History of Education, 32(4):345-365.
  • Carmen M. White. 2002. "Minority Status as a Contested Terrain: Defining the Parameters of Subordinate Status in Post-independent Fiji Discourse." Social Identities, 8(1):11-43.
  • Carmen M. White. 2001. "Affirmative Action and Education in Fiji: Legitimation, Contestation, and Colonial Discourse." Harvard Educational Review, 71(2): 240-268.
  • Carmen M. White. 2001. "Between Academic Theory and Folk Wisdom: Local Discourse on Differential Educational Attainment in Fiji." Comparative Education Review, 45(3): 303-333.