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Thomas Wilson  Thomas Wilson

   Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, City University of New York, 1985
   Sociocultural anthropologist
   Science 1, Room 204

Thomas M. Wilson is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and has a continuing appointment as Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was a co-founder of the Centre for International Borders Research. His research interests include national identity and nationalism, international borders and frontiers, the anthropology of Europeanization and European integration, drinking cultures and identities, and anthropology and cinema. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in the United States, and the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the British Council, and the European Union in the United Kingdom, he has been a Fulbright Professor in Ireland and in Canada, and a Visiting Professor in Wales, Lithuania and Finland. He has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Hungary, and is the author and editor of twenty scholarly books, including Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (co-author, 1999); Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity (editor, 2005), The Anthropology of Ireland (co-author, 2006); and A Companion to Border Studies (co-editor, 2012). Professor Wilson received his PhD and MPhil in Anthropology from the City University of New York, MA in Cinema Studies from New York University, BA Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Comparative Politics from the European University Institute.

Research interests

National identity and nationalism; international borders and frontiers; ethnicity and ethnic conflict; political ritual and symbolism; commercial farming; agrarian economic strategies and politics; public policy and interest group formation; local government and political parties; cinema and popular culture; European integration; the borderlands of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hungary, Canada, and the United States.

Selected Publications

Rural Politics in County Meath, Ireland: Ethnographic and Historical Studies. Lewiston, NY/Lampeter, Wales: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013.

The Anthropology of Ireland, Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2006.

A Companion to Border Studies. Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, eds., Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Europeanisation and Hibernicisation: Ireland and Europe, Cathal McCall and Thomas M. Wilson, eds., Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi B. V., 2010.

Borderlands: Ethnography, Security and Frontiers, Hastings Donnan and Thomas M. Wilson, eds. Lanham MD: University Press of America, 2010.

Food, Drink and Identity in Europe, Thomas M. Wilson, ed., Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi B. V., 2006.

Culture and Power at the Edges of the State: National Support and Subversion in European Border Regions, Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan (eds), Munich: LIT Verlag, 2006.

Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity. Thomas M. Wilson, ed, Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2005. Winner: Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2005: the UK, English language Best Wine History Book of 2005.

Territoriality, Anthropology, and the Interstitial: Subversion and Support in European Borderlands, Hastings Donnan and Thomas M. Wilson, Focaal, European Journal of Anthropology 41: 9-20 (2003).

New Borders for a Changing Europe, James Anderson, Liam O'Dowd and Thomas M. Wilson (eds), London: Frank Cass, 2003.

An Anthropology of the European Union: Building, Imagining and Experiencing the New Europe, Irène Bellier and Thomas M. Wilson (eds), Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2000.

Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State, (Hastings Donnan and Thomas M. Wilson) Oxford: Berg Publishers, 1999.

Courses Taught, Binghamton University

Graduate Courses
*Europeanization and European Integration         
*Political Anthropology
*Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers
*Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology    
*History of Anthropological Thought

Undergraduate Courses
*Food, Drink and Identity                
*Irish/British Society/Culture
*Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers    
*Politics and Identity in Northern Ireland        
*Sport and National Identity
*Irish Society and Culture                 
*The American Irish in Hollywood
*Screening the American Western Film
*Northern Ireland: History, Politics, Society        
*NYC on Screen: Urban Anthropology through Film
*Screening War, Culture and Society: Hollywood’s War Films
*The Anthropology of Alcohol: Drinking Cultures

PhD Supervision, Binghamton University, 2016-2017

Claire Brown (NSF fellowship, 2011-2015; Binghamton University Assistantship, 2013-2014)
Şule Can (Fulbright Fellowship, 2011-2013; Binghamton University Assistantship 2013- 2015; Advanced to candidacy December 2014; Wenner Gren Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2015-2016)
Reed Cowden (new student, 2016-2017)
Ada Demleitner, ABD
Katherine Fleming, ABD
Ashley Gomer (Binghamton University Assistantship, 2011-2015)
Frances Harrison (Binghamton University Assistantship, 2013-2014; Lithuanian National
Language Fellowship, Summer 2014; Spring 2015; Fulbright Grant, Lithuania, 2016-2017)
James Hundley (Binghamton University Assistantship 2010-2014; Field Research Grant, Canadian Embassy, USA, 2012; Jacobs Research Fund Fellowship, 2013; Wenner Gren Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2014-2015; Richard Antoun Dissertation Year Fellowship, Fall 2015)
Sungshin Jung (Binghamton University Assistantship, 2012-2013)
Ehsan Lorafshar (new student, 2016-2017)
Tanya Miller (Clark Fellowship, 2005-2010)
Lauren Montgomery Rinehart, ABD
Halil Selman Onsel (Binghamton University Assistantship, 2014-2016)
William Pavlovich (IREX Dissertation Fellowship, 2009; Wenner Gren Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2009; Binghamton University Assistantship, 2003-2008; Richard Antoun Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2013)
Sandra Polleys, ABD
Timothy Pulsifer
Hande Sarikuzu (Binghamton U Assistantship, 2011-2014; Advanced to candidacy, 9/14;
Wenner Gren Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2015-2016; Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Binghmton University, Graduate Student Fellowship, Fall 2015)
William Silcott (new student, 2016-2017)
Susan Vanek (The National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2013-2014; Social Science Research Council Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2012-2013; National Science Foundation EAGER Research Grant, 2012; American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, 2013-2014; Binghamton University Assistantship, 2008-2012, 2014; Richard Antoun Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2015)


PhD Advisory/Committees, Binghamton University, 2016-2017

Kelsie Aguilera
Victoria Brown
Karen Colosi
Jiaying Chen
Sarah Hayman
Archana Mohan
Farid Muttaqin
Sara Seeley
Zhan Yang

Professor Wilson encourages applications to the department’s graduate programs from students interested in the following areas of ethnographic investigation:

1. International, subnational and supranational borders, boundaries and frontiers.
2. Cinema, culture and politics.
3. Alcohol, identity and drinking cultures.
4. Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

Last Updated: 9/7/16