Heather Paxson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anthropology Associate Professor Cambridge, Massachusetts paxson@mit.edu Office: (617) 253-7859

Bio/Research

Heather Paxson is interested in how people craft a sense of themselves as moral beings through everyday practices, especially those activities having to do with family and food. She is the author of two ethnographic monographs: Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (Un...

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Bio/Research

Heather Paxson is interested in how people craft a sense of themselves as moral beings through everyday practices, especially those activities having to do with family and food. She is the author of two ethnographic monographs: Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (University of California Press, 2004) and The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2012). Her recent work explores domestic artisanal cheese and the people who make it, analyzing how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value within American landscapes of production and consumption. At MIT, Heather teaches courses on craft, ethnographic research, food, and gender. In 2010-11, with colleague Stefan Helmreich she co-directed a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures entitled "Sensing the Unseen." Heather Paxson received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. from Haverford College.



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