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Neal B. Keating

PhD, University at Albany, SUNY             Neal Keating    
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Department of Anthropology              

Fall 2015
Dr. Keating is on sabbatical for the fall semester

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 9/24/15


Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (2 radio 30 minute shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30 minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us for our M.H.Stewart Speaker, Dr. Thomas Gibson, who will talk on "Indigenous Rights in the Philippines," on Monday, October 26th at 3:30-4:45 PM in the LAB auditorium.106