Elizabeth Ferry is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. She has a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in economic anthropology, the anthropology of mining, global commodities, and value. She is the author of Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value, and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico (Columbia, 2005) and Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the U.S.-Mexican Border (Indiana, 2013) and numerous articles in academic journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on two book projects: one on small-scale gold mining in conjunction with her brother, photojournalist Stephen Ferry (forthcoming, Editorial Ícono/Red Hook Editions) and another on the meanings of physical gold in finance and mining, based on fieldwork conducted in Mexico, Colombia, the UK, and the US.
Elizabeth is an avid teacher of undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Global Studies. Her courses draw on a combination of discussions and guided exercises in large and small groups, content-based interactive lectures, and field projects. She enjoys consulting with students as they develop projects in multiple stages, including conceptualization of a problem, research design, fieldwork, reflection and analysis, and presentation in a variety of media (oral or written presentation, video, podcast, academic poster, etc.). In 2010, she was honored to receive the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer ’69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring from Brandeis University and to participate in the 2014-2015 Davis Fellowship program at the Brandeis Center for Teaching and Learning, a yearlong seminar focused on undergraduate teaching.
Elizabeth has extensive experience living and working internationally and is excited for her first Semester at Sea voyage.