University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Dr. Virginia Rosa Dominguez

ANTHROPOLOGY; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for Global Studies
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Virginia R. Dominguez (Ph.D. 1979 Yale; M. Phil. 1975 Yale; B.A. 1973 Yale) is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology (and member of the Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Caribbean Studies faculty) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is also Co-Founder and Consulting Director of The International Forum for U.S. Studies (established in 1995) and Co-Editor of its book series, "Global Studies of the United States." A political and legal anthropologist, she was President of the American Anthropological Association from 2009 to 2011, Editor of American Ethnologist from 2002 to 2007, and President of the AAA's Society for Cultural Anthropology from 1999 to 2001. In 2013 she helped the World Council of Anthropological Associations establish the Brazil-based Antropologos sem fronteiras (Anthropologists without Borders) of which she serves as Vice-President. She also currently serves as Chair of the WCAA's Task Force on Advocacy and Outreach Activities. Author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of multiple books, she is perhaps best known for her work on the U.S. (especially in White By Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana) and her work on Israel (especially in People as Subject, People as Object: Selfhood and Peoplehood in Contemporary Israel). Prior to joining the UIUC faculty in 2007, she taught at Duke University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Iowa, and Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. She has also been Directeur d'Études at the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) in Paris, a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester, a Mellon Fellow at the University of Cape Town, a Morgan Lecturer at the University of Rochester, a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and a Junior Fellow at Harvard.


  • Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, (Dec.) 1979
  • M. Phil, Social Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1975
  • B.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1973



  • ‘America’ in the World: Pro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and Their Gray Zones. University of Illinois Press, 2013.
  • Violence: Anthropologists Engaging Violence 1980-2012 . Ed. Virginia R. Dominguez. American Anthropologists, Virtual Issue, 2013.
  • From Beijing to Port Moresby: The Politics of National Identity in Cultural Policies. Ed. Virginia R. Dominguez and David Wu. New York: Gordon & Breach, 1998.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and 17-person Committee. Evaluating Human Genetic Diversity. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997.
  • People as Subject, People as Object: Selfhood and Peoplehood in Contemporary Israel. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
  • Cuban Studies (Special Annual Issue on "Sex, Gender, and Revolution in Cuba"). Ed. Virginia R. Dominguez and Yolanda Prieto. 1987.
  • White by Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1986.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jorge I. Dominguez. The Caribbean and Its Implications for the United States. New York: Foreign Policy Association, Headline Series, 1981.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. From Neighbor to Stranger: The Dilemma of Caribbean Peoples in the United States. New Haven: Antilles Research Program at Yale, 1975.

Book Contributions

  • "Falling in Love with a Criminal? On Immersion and Self-Restraint." Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • "Unexpected Ties: Insight. Love, Exhaustion." The Restless Anthropologist: New Fieldsites, New Visions. 2012.
  • "Against Stigma." Eschewing Racism, Disavowing Racism, and Invoking Racism: Visions of Virtue in Worlds of Inequality. Hyderabad: Orient Longman Press, 2009.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Flagging the Closet." Visual Art and the Contemporary Jewish Experience. Ed. Dvorah Neumark. Montreal: McGill University Press/Saidye Bronfman Centre, 2003.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. "Rediscovering America: American Studies in the New Century." "America" and "the Changing Object of Study". Ed. Kousar Azam. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2001. 14-22.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "UnAmerican Americans? Stretching the Boundaries of American Studies." Rediscovering America: American Studies in the New Century. Ed. Kousar Azam. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2001. 120-134.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Sasha Welland. "Introduction: Cultural(ist) Articulations of National(ist) Stakes." Introduction. From Beijing to Port Moresby: The Politics of National Identity in Cultural Policies. New York: Gordon and Breach , 1998.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Disciplining Anthropology." Disciplinarity and Dissent in Cultural Studies. Ed. Cary Nelson and Dilip P. Gaonkar. New York: Routledge, 1996. 37-61.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." Foreword. Feminist Study and Judaism. Ed. Laura Levitt and Miriam Peskowitz. New York: Routledge, 1996.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Theorizing Culturalism: From Cultural Policies to Identity Politics and Back." Theory Rules: Art as Theory - Theory as Art. Ed. David Tomas, Jody Berland, and Will Straw. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Questioning Otherness: An Interdisciplinary Exchange." Iowa International Papers, Occasional Papers 30-37. Ed. Catherine M. Lewis and Virginia R. Dominguez. 1995.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "The Politics of Heritage in Contemporary Israel." Nationalist Ideologies and the Production of National Cultures American Ethnological Society Monograph Series. Ed. Richard Fox. 1990. 130-147.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Of Other Peoples: Beyond the `Salvage' Paradigm?." Discussions in Contemporary Culture I. New York: Bay Press, 1987. 131-137.

Journal Articles

  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Afterword--The Tacit and the Explicit: Who Influences Whom, Who Takes from Whom, and Who Creates What and When and from Whom?." Comparative American Studies 12.1 (2014): 147-54.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "The Rich Possibilities of Greed and Excess." Journal of Economic Anthropology 1.1 (2014): 193-91.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., Matthew Gutmann, and Catherine Lutz. "The Problem of Gender and Citations Re-raised in New Research Study." Anthropology News (e-News) December.18 (2013):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Introduction." Special Virtual Issue, Anthropologists Engaging Violence, 1980-2012, in American Anthropologist (2013):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Stephen Palmié. "Mixed Blessings and Sorrowful Mysteries: Second Thoughts about ‘Hybridity’." Current Anthropology 54.4 (2013): 475-6.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "The Very Real Issue of Heritage Framing," a comment on Jaume Franquesa's essay, "On keeping and selling: the political economy of heritage-making in contemporary Spain." Current Anthropology 54.3 (2013): 363-4.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "On the Paradoxes of Evidence in Contemporary Anthropology." Vital Topics Forum: On Evidence and the Public Interest. American Anthropologist 114.4 (2013): 642-55.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Saying and Not Saying R Words.” Review and Discussion of John Hartigan, Jr’s 2010 books, Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches and What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation on Race." Transforming Anthropology 21.1 (2013): 87-91.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Mutuality, Responsibility, and Reciprocity in Situations of Marked Inequality: Dilemmas of, and concerning, U.S. Anthropology in the World." FOCAAL: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 63 (2012):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Comfort Zones and their Dangers: Who are We? Qui Sommes-Nous?." The 2011 AAA Presidential Address. American Anthropologist 114.3 (2012): 394-405.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "When Belonging Inspires -- Death, Hope, Distance (Review Essay)." Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 15.3 (2008): 369-389.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. ""Nemi poco chiari, amici poco chiari" ("Unclear Enemies, Unclear Friends")." Acoma: Rivista Internazionale di Studi Nord-Aamericani (The International Journal of American Studies) 33 (2007): 53-65.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Maria Gropas' "The Repatriotization of Revolutionary Ideology and Mnemonic Landscape in Present-Day Havana"." Current Anthropology 48.4 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Rebecca Scott's "Public Rights and Private Commerce: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Creole Itinerary"." Current Anthropology 48.2 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 34.2 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 34.1 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 34.3 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 34.4 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "SUSPICION, CRITIQUE, AND PURSUIT: How Do U.S. Cultural Anthropology, U.S. Cultural Studies, and U.S. American Studies View One Another?." Americana Journal (Subtitled "Selected Papers from the 2004 Hungarian American Studies Association") III.1 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "When the Enemy is Unclear: US Censuses and Photographs of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from the Beginning of the 20th Century." Comparative American Studies 5.2 (2007):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Don Kulick's "Theory in Furs: Masochist Anthropology"." Current Anthropology 47.6 (2006):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 33.1 (2006):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 33.2 (2006):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 33.3 (2006):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 33.4 (2006):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Seeing and Not Seeing: Complicity in Surprise." SSRC Social Science Research Council Web Forum: "Understanding Katrina: Perspectives in the Social Sciences" (2006):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 32.1 (2005):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 32.2 (2005):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 32.3 (2005):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 32.4 (2005):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Pamela Ballinger's "'Authentic Hybrids' in the Balkan Borderlands"." Current Anthropology (Special Issue on "Identity, Temporality, and Moral Geographies" 45.1 (2004):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 31.1 (2004):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 31.2 (2004):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 31.3 (2004):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 31.4 (2004):
  • "Foreword." American Ethnologist 30.1 (2003):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 30.2 (2003):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 30.3 (2003):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Foreword." American Ethnologist 30.4 (2003):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "When a Representation Offends Us: Toward an Analytics of Feeling in the Practice of Theory." Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (2003):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Stuart Kirsch's "Lost Worlds: Environmental Disaster, 'Cultural Loss,' and the Law"." Current Anthropology (Special Issue on Science, Culture, and Politics) 42.2 (2001):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "For a Politics of Love and Rescue." Cultural Anthropology 15.3 (2000): 361-393.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. "Towards a Political Economy of "American Studies": Reports from an Experiment-in-Progress." Through the Looking Glass: American Studies in Transcultural Perspective. European Contributions to American Studies 40 (1999):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Asserting (Trans)Nationalism and the Social Conditions of Its Possibility." Communal/Plural: Journal of Transnational and Crosscultural Studies (Australia) 6.2 (1998): 139-156.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Conversation about Global Equality and Affirmation Action." Washington Law Review 75.4 (1998):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Exporting U.S. Concepts of Race: Are There Limits to the U.S. Model?." Social Research 65.2 (1998): 369-399.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Moshe Shokeid's "Negotiating Multiple Viewpoints: The Cook, the Native, the Publisher, and the Ethnographic Text"." Current Anthropology 38.4 (1997):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Implications: A Commentary on Stoler." Political Power and Social Theory 11 (1997): 207-215.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "The Racialist Politics of Concepts, or Is It the Racialist Concepts of Politics?." Ethos 25.1 (1997): 93-100.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Commentary on Aihwa Ong's "Cultural Citizenship as Subject-Making: Immigrants Negotiate Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the United States"." Current Anthropology 37.5 (1996):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Engendering the Sexualized State of the Nation." Identities 2.3 (1996): 301-305.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Erotic(izing) Cubans." Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 70.3/4 (1996): 283-290.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. "Resituating American Studies in a Critical Internationalism." American Quarterly 48.3 (1996): 475-490.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Jane C. Desmond. "Crafting Exhibitions." American Anthropologist 97.4 (1995): 779-782.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Invoking Racism in the Public Sphere: Two Takes on National Self-Criticism." Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 1.4 (1995): 325-346.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "A Taste for "the Other": Intellectual Complicity in Racializing Practices." Current Anthropology 35.4 (1994): 333-348.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Differentiating Women/Bodies of Knowledge." American Anthropologist 96.1 (1994): 127-130.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Questioning Jews." American Ethnologist 20.3 (1993): 618-624.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Visual Nationalism: On Looking at "National Symbols"." Public Culture 5.3 (1993): 451-455.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Voicing Alternatives." Bridges/Gesher (1993):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Invoking Culture: The Messy Side of `Cultural Politics'"." The South Atlantic Quarterly 91.1 (1992): 19-42.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "How the Self Stacks the Deck." Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly 16.1 (1991): 12-15.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Representing Value and the Value of Representation: A Different Look at Money." Cultural Anthropology 5.1 (1990): 16-44.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "The Management of Otherness: `Ethnicity' in the U.S. and Israel." Journal of Ethnic Studies/Revija za Narodnostna vPrasanja Treaties and Documents #21.Dec. (1988): 161-167.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Comments on, and editing of, Lourdes Casal's "Images of Women in Pre- and Postrevolutionary Cuban Novels." Cuban Studies 117 (1987):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Sex, Gender, and Revolution: The Problem of Construction and the Construction of a Problem." Cuban Studies 17 (1987):
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Intended and Unintended Messgages: The Scholarly Defense of One's People." Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (1986): 209-222.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "The Marketing of Heritage ." American Ethnologist 13.3 (1986): 546-555.
  • "The Language of Left and Right in Israeli Politics." Political Anthropology 4 (1984): 89-109.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R., and Eileen Basker. "The Limits of Cultural Awareness: the Immigrant as Therapist." Human Relations 37.9 (1984): 693-719.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Show Your Colors: Ethnic Divisiveness among Hispanic Caribbean Migrants." Migration Today VI (1978): 5-9.
  • "The Floating Symbol: A Reply to Susan Waller." American Ethnologist 5.4 (1978): 811-814.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Social Classification in Creole Louisiana." American Ethnologist 4.4 (1977): 589-602.
  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Spanish-Speaking Caribbeans in New York: The Middle Race." Revista Interamericana Review III.2 (1973): 131-142.

Newspaper Articles

  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "(Mis)Communications regarding the HGDP." Anthropology Newsletter. 1 Jan. 1998, sec. Cutting Edge.