Kane Stephanie Kane, Ph.D.

Department of International Studies
School of Global and International Studies
Indiana University
email: stkane@indiana.edu


Stephanie Kane, previously an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Gender Studies, received her Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology and her Masters in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s a trained ethnographer and ecologist with a broad interdisciplinary interest in cultural  studies.

Her first book, The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse and Development in Panama (1994 Smithsonian, 2004 Cybereditions), is based on her mid-1980s fieldwork among the Emberá and Waunan peoples of the Darién Gap. It focuses on cultural processes accompanying the shift from dispersed to concentrated settlement and their political incorporation into the nation-state. See also “General Noriega’s toads: An ethnographic theater of the absurd” in Social Text  (1996); “Omission in Emberá (Chocó) mythography” and “Experience and myth in a Colombian Chocó case of attempted murder” in Journal of Folklore Research  (1988 & 1993).

Her second book, AIDS Alibis: Sex, Drugs, and Crime in the Americas (1998 Temple), discusses the possibilities and subversions of AIDS intervention in Southside Chicago, Belize City and Punta Gorda, Belize, in the mass media and in legal documents.  Her AIDS ethnography has also been  published in the journals Annual Review of Anthropology (2001), Ethnologies (2001), Crime and Delinquency  (1997), Law and Policy (1994), Social Science and Medicine (1991 & 1992), Canadian Folklore canadien (1992), Human Organization (1992) and Journal of Sex Research (1990).

Other research in cultural criminology focuses on the relationship between local peoples and places and the networks that link them to global images, events and histories. She has written an unpublished biography of an ex-con entitled “Meet the Sun Halfway”. A collection of essays she edited with Phil Parnell is entitled Crime’s Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime  (2003 Palgrave/Macmillan). An essay on American bioterrorism and the prosecution of Critical Art Ensemble, co-authored with Pauline Greenhill, was published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and an article on stencil graffiti in Argentina is forthcoming in Crime, Media, and Culture (2009). Her current research, based on 11 months of fieldwork in port cities of Brazil and Argentina (2006-2007), focuses on the cultural and legal dimensions of water and waterscapes.


Photo of Kane by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen.

Stephanie Kane, Ph.D., Professor
Indiana University Bloomington

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