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Neal B. Keating

PhD, University at Albany, SUNY             Neal Keating    
Associate Professor
Director of Museum Studies and
Public History Program
Department of Anthropology              

Spring 2015 Class Schedule:
ANT 220: Ethnographic Experience - T & R - 12:30 - 1:45 pm
ANT 380: Political Ecology - T & R  5:00 - 6:15 pm
ANT 415: Human Rights - T & R - 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Spring Office Hours:
TBA or by appointment (call or email)

Office: C-13, Cooper Hall
Office Phone: (585) 395-5707
Curriculum vitae:
Keating CV 

Courses Taught

  • ANT 100 - The Human Condition
  • ANT 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 301 - Contemporary Issues in Native America
  • ANT 325 - Indigenous Peoples & Globalization
  • ANT 337 - Iroquois Culture and History
  • ANT 363 - Anthropology of Religion
  • ANT 380 - Political Ecology
  • ANT 401/501 - Native American Art
  • ANT 415/515 - Political Ecology of Human Rights
  • ANT 463/563 - Museology
  • ANT 471/571 - Anthropological Theory

Areas of Specialization

Political ecology and historical ethnography, Indigeneity, globalization, human rights, expressive culture; Southeast Asia, Northeastern North America, and Central America.

Current Research Projects

Belated States & Plurinations: An Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights Making in Cambodia.” Aims: to develop a replicable ethnographic and historiographic research design for studying basic human rights making within Indigenous contexts of self-determination and land rights, as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Goals: to initially carry out pilot studies of Indigenous rights making in Cambodia and then beyond, using collaborative multi-sited ethnography to explicate the human rights gap between transnational rights discourses and local realities within Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination: Deskaheh and the League of Nations in the 1920s” - an archival and ethnographically-based study of Deskaheh’s attempt to attain international recognition and acceptance of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Grand River Territory as an independent nation-state and member of the League of Nations.

Mush Hole Remembered: R. G. Miller” - ethnography and exhibit curation of the Indian residential school experience in Canada and its impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada, centering on the history, memory, and visual expression of an Indigenous Mohawk artist who spent 11 years as a student-inmate in the Mohawk Institute Indian residential school in Brantford, Ontario.

Selected Publications: 


2012. Iroquois Art, Power, and History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.


2013. “Kuy Alterities: The Struggle to Conceptualize and Claim Indigenous Land Rights in Neoliberal Cambodia.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint 54(3):309-322.

2012. “From Spirit Forest to Rubber Plantation: The Accelerating Disaster of Development in Cambodia,” ASIANetwork Exchange (Spring 2012) 19(2):68-80.

2012. “Iroquoian Religion in the Seventeenth Century.” The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Volume I: Pre-Columbian Times to 1790, ed. by S. Stein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


2013-2008. Mush Hole Remembered: Visual Testimony of R.G. Miller. Shingwauk Residential School Centre. Algoma University, Ontario; Tower Fine Arts Gallery, The College at Brockport, SUNY; Woodland Cultural Centre. Brantford, Ontario.


2008. Whitey and the Mush Hole: Reclaiming Lahiaaks. Documentary video.

Last Updated 1/22/15


Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 2015

Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in Mediterranean Archaeology, September 2014.

Dr. Esara publishes in Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, July 2014



Marjorie Helen Steward Speaker series presents: 

'Where the Warriors Lie: A Bioarchaeology of Conflict in Early Medieval Bohemia'

Presented by Doctoral Candidate Lauren Hosek, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University

March 11, 3:35-4:50 pm in Edwards Room 103


Scholars Day is April 8! We have several anthropology sessions to check out.

Have a look at the schedule and join us: