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Douglas Holmes  Douglas Holmes

   Professor of Anthropology
   Science 1, Room 139B



2014  Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Binghamton University.

2012- Member of the Steering Committee, Global Financial Initiative of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University.

2011- Senior Fellow, Meridian 180: Transforming the Transpacific Dialogue, Cornell University Law School.

2009- Member, Tobin Project: Transformative Research in the Social Sciences, Working Group on Financial Regulation. Cambridge, MA.

Fields of Study

Central Banks: The European Central Bank, the Bundesbank, the Swedish Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Bank of England.

Anthropology of Finance: The Interplay among Data, Information, and Intelligence
in the Formulation and Communication of Monetary Policy.

Anthropological Linguistics: The Operation of Markets as a Function of Language.

Political Anthropology: The Constitution of Extreme-Right Wing Political Movements in Europe.

Experimental Ethnography: The Role of Research Modalities within Cultures of Expertise.

Selected Publications

2014a. Economy of Words: Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2014b. "Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks," Cornell International Law Journal. 47 (1): 15-61.

2014c. "How the Fed Learned to Talk: Communication is Now a Tool of Economic Policy," Sunday/Review: Opinion, New York Times, February 2.

2012  (with George E. Marcus) "Collaborative Imperatives: A Manifesto, of sorts, for the Re-imagination of the Classic Scene of Fieldwork Encounter." In Collaborators Collaborating: Counterparts in Anthropological Knowledge and International Research Relations. Monica Konrad (Ed.), pp. 126-43. Oxford: Berghahn.

2009a. "Economy of Words," Cultural Anthropology. 24(3): 381-419.

2009b. "Experimental Identities (After Maastricht)," In European Identity. Peter Katzenstein and Jeffery Checkel (eds.), pp. 52-80, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2008  (with George E. Marcus). "Collaboration Today and the Re-Imagination of the Classic Scene of Fieldwork Encounter," Collaborative Anthropologies 1:136-70.

2006  (with George E. Marcus) "Fast Capitalism: Para-Ethnography and the Rise of the Symbolic Analyst," In Frontiers of Capital. Melissa S. Fisher and Greg Downey (eds.), pp. 33-56. Durham: Duke University Press.

2005  (with George E. Marcus) "Cultures of Expertise and the Management of Globalization: Toward the Re-functioning of Ethnography." In Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, eds. Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier, pp. 235-52. Oxford: Blackwell.

2000  Integral Europe: Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

1989  Cultural Disenchantments: Worker Peasantries in Northeast Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


PhD  Department of Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook.

BA  Bennington College.

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Last Updated: 10/2/14