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Naomi Quinn, Professor Emerita
Naomi Quinn received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1971. Her research has pursued the reconstruction, from reasoning, metaphor, and other features of their discourse on it, of Americans' cultural understandings of marriage. Her newest research pursues the effects of early attachment and separation on adult intimate relationships cross-culturally. Her enduring interest is in the nature of culture: its sharedness, force, enduringness, and thematicity. She is part of a current effort in cognitive anthropology to explain these and other properties of culture on the basis of schema theory and, within this framework, to relate culture to language, cognition, motivation, affect, psychodynamic processes, and individual experience. Her research is represented by a series of books, book chapters, and articles. She also has an ongoing interest in anthropological research on gender, and was a member of the editorial collective that produced an Ethos special issue on Feminist Contributions to Psychological Anthropology (2004).
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