Chin, Elizabeth (J.) 1963-

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CHIN, Elizabeth (J.) 1963-

PERSONAL: Born May 27, 1963, in Carson City, NV; daughter of Frank (a writer) and Suzanne (a health-care worker; maiden name, Abrams) Chin; married Robert Gardner (a screenwriter), June 27, 1997; children: Benin. Ethnicity: "Asian/mixed race." Education: New York University, B.F.A., 1985; Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Ph.D., 1996.

ADDRESSES: Home—4447 Sinova St., Los Angeles, CA 90041. Offıce—Department of Anthropology, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, adjunct instructor in anthropology, 1990; New York University, New York, NY, adjunct instructor in anthropology, 1990-91; Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, assistant professor, 1994-2000, associate professor of anthropology and department chair, 2000—, director of Multicultural Summer Institute, 2002. Speaker at other institutions, including Brunel University, Seattle University, and Northwestern University. Institute for Community Research, Hartford, CT, member of national advisory board.

MEMBER: Society for the Anthropology of North America, American Anthropological Association, American Ethnological Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and National Science Foundation, 1992, and Haynes Foundation, 1999.


Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Anthropology for a Small Planet, edited by Anthony Marcus, Brandywine (St. James, NY), 1996; Servicescapes, edited by John Sherry, NTC Publishing Group (Chicago, IL), 1998; and Children and Anthropology: Perspectives for the Twenty-first Century, edited by Helen Schwartzman, Bergin & Garvey (Westport, CT), 2001. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Faces, Children's Environments Review, and American Anthropologist.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on children as native anthropologists; research methods, ethnographic knowledge, and spurious notions of objectivity; and ethnography, anthropology, and the American inner city.



Choice, December, 2001, M. Y. Rynn, review of Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture, p. 723.