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  Ralph A. Litzinger, Affliated Faculty
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  Ralph A. LitzingerAssociate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute

Office Location:  208 Friedl Building, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 681-6250
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  • Ph.D. University of Washington 1994
  • M.A. University of Washington 1990
  • B.A. Evergreen State College 1985


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Ralph Litzinger, PH.D. University of Washington, 1994, does research on minority politics in the People's Republic of China. He has written on Marxist theory in nationality policy in socialist states, ethnic and indigenous revitalization in the post-Cold War global order, and on ethnographic film, photography, and popular culture. He is the author of Other Chinas: the Yao and the Politics of National Belonging and numerous essays in anthropology, cultural studies, and East Asian studies journals. He is currently doing research on the politics of nature, non-governmental organizations, and global environmentalism in northeastern Yunnan and Eastern Tibet.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Litzinger, RA. Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging.  Duke University Press, 2000.  [abs]
  2. Litzinger, R. "Afterword: Beyond the Corporate Leninist Box." Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar. Edited by Ong, A; Zhang, L. 2008.
  3. Litzinger, R. "The Mobilization of “Nature”: Perspectives from North-west Yunnan." The China Quarterly 178:178 (Spring, 2004): 488-504. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Litzinger, RA. "Contested sovereignties and the critical ecosystem partnership fund." Polar: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 29:1 (January, 2006): 66-87. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Litzinger, RA. "In Search of the Grassroots: Hydroelectric Schemes in Northwest Yunnan." Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China. Edited by Perry, E; Goodman, M. April, 2007.