Alland, Alexander, Jr. 1931-
ALLAND, Alexander, Jr. 1931-
PERSONAL: Born September 23, 1931, in Newark, NJ; son of Alexander and Alexandra Sarah Alland; married Sonia Louise Feldman, August 26, 1956; children: David, Julie. Education: University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1954; University of Connecticut, M.S., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1963. Hobbies and other interests: Theater, music, reading.
CAREER: University of Connecticut, Stamford, lecturer in sociology and anthropology, 1959-61; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, instructor in anthropology, 1962-63; Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, instructor in anthropology, 1963-64; Columbia University, New York, NY, assistant professor, 1964-68, associate professor, 1968-72, professor of anthropology, 1972-2001; retired, 2001. Conducted field work in Ivory Coast, West Africa.
MEMBER: American Anthropological Association, Royal Anthropological Institute (fellow).
AWARDS, HONORS: Guggenheim fellow, 1973-74.
Evolution and Human Behavior, Natural History Press (Garden City, NY), 1967.
Adaptation in Cultural Evolution: An Approach toMedical Anthropology, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1970.
Human Diversity, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1971.
The Human Imperative, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1972.
When the Spider Danced: Notes from an African Village, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1975.
The Artistic Animal: An Inquiry into the BiologicalRoots of Art, Anchor Books (Garden City, NY), 1977.
To Be Human: An Introduction to Anthropology, Wiley (New York, NY), 1980.
Playing with Form: Children Draw in Six Cultures, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1983.
(Editor) Human Nature, Darwin's View, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1985.
(With Sonia Alland) Crisis and Commitment: The LifeHistory of a French Social Movement, Gordon & Breach (New York, NY), 1994, 2nd edition, Taylor & Francis (New York, NY), 2001.
Race in Mind: Race, IQ, and Other Racisms, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY), 2002.
Contributor to professional journals in the United States and abroad.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Outside of Art History: Biology, Aesthetics, Culture, completion expected c. 2004; research in Catalan identity in the Catalan-speaking world.
SIDELIGHTS: Alexander Alland, Jr. told CA: "Although I am an academic and professional anthropologist, I attempt to write clearly and for both professional and lay persons—I resent the use of academic jargon. I am also an activist anthropologist. My book, Race in Mind: Race, IQ, and Other Racisms, is a critical analysis of what I consider to be flawed academic theories of the links between race and intelligence quotients. I also work in the area of European anthropology, specializing in nonviolent movements originating in regional politics versus the nation-state. Finally, I have a strong interest in art and am currently working on a book concerning aesthetic universals."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, September 1, 2002, Vernon Ford, review of Race in Mind: Race, IQ, and Other Racisms, p. 25.