Victoria Bernal

Associate Professor, Anthropology
School of Social Sciences

Acting Chair

PH.D., Northwestern, 1985

Phone: (949) 824-3137, 1207
Fax: (949) 824-4717

University of California, Irvine
5251 Social Sciences Plaza B
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Feminist theory, gender, civil society,globalization,cyberspace, transnationalism,the Islamic revival, peasants, labor migration, Africa, Muslim societies
Academic Distinctions
Fulbright Research Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Grant, Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, Social Science Research Council Dissertation Grant, National Science Foundation Disseration Grant, Phi Beta Kappa
Research Abstract
I have recently returned from a year of fieldwork in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where I examined issues of gender activism, political innovation, and global civil society. In this project I am particularly interested in how globalization and new communications technology are changing the ways women articulate gender issues and the strategies open to them for asserting feminist demands in their local contexts. I also have an interest in Eritrea where I have been working on two projects: one deals with isissues of gender and nationalism, focusing on the experiences of women guerilla fighters; the other looks at transnationalism, diaspora, and Eritrean nationalism. My earlier fieldwork took me to the Sudan where I worked on capitalism, peasants, and labor migration, and on the Islamic revivial.
Cultivating Workers: Peasants and Capitalism in a Sudanese Village. New York: Columbia University Press. 1991.
"Equality to Die For?: Women Guerilla Fighetrs and Eritrea's Cultural Revolution"
"Migration, Modernity, and Islam in Rural Sudan" MIDDLE EAST REPORT
"Colonial Moral Economy and the Discipline of Development: the Gezira Scheme and 'Modern Sudan" CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
"islam, Transnational Culture, and Modernity in Rural Sudan" in GENDERED ENCOUNTERS: CHALLENGING CULTURAL BOUNDARIES AND ETHNIC HIERARCHIES IN AFRICA, edited by M. Grosz-Ngate and Omar Kokole
"Cotton and Colonial Order in Sudan: A Social History with Emphasis on the Gezira Scheme" in COTTON, COLONIALISM AND SOCIAL HISTORY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, edited by Allen Isaacman and Richard Roberts
"Peasants, Capitalism and (Ir)Rationality" AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST
"Gender, Culture, and Capitalism: Women and the Remaking of Islamic 'Tradition' in a Sudanese Village" COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY
"The Politics of Research on Agricultural Development: An Instructive Example from the Sudan." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 92(3):732-739.
"Coercion and Incentives in African Agricultural Development: Insights from the Sudanese Experience" AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
Professional Societies
American Anthropological Association
African Studies Association
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