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Naomi Quinn, Professor Emerita

Naomi Quinn
Office Location:  201A Friedl Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2810
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  • PhD Stanford University 1971

Culture Theory
Psychological Anthropology
North America

Research Interests:

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, research and theory 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).

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. N. Quinn. "The History of the Cultural Models School Reconsidered: A Paradigm Shift in Cognitive Anthropology." A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology. Edited by D. Kronenfeld, G. Bernardo, M. Fischer, and V. C. de Munck.  (2011).
  2. N. Quinn. "Event sequencing as an organizing cultural principle." Ethos  vol. 39 no. 3 (2011): 249-278.
  3. N. Quinn. "The Self." Anthropological Theory  vol. 6 no. 3 (2006): 365-387. (Theme Issue, The Missing Psychology in Cultural Anthropology's Key Words. Edited by N. Quinn and C. Strauss. Selected as an Honorable Mention for the 208 Award for Exemplary Cross-Field Research, granted by the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association.)
  4. N. Quinn. "Universals of Child Rearing." Anthropological Theory  vol. 5 no. 4 (2005): 475-514. (A winner of the 2009 Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology, awarded by the Society for Psychological Anthropology.)
  5. N. Quinn, ed. Finding Culture in Talk: A Collection of Methods. Culture, Mind and Society, book series of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

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