Donald Brenneis

Member, Board of Directors


Donald BrenneisDonald Brenneis

Donald Brenneis Brenneis is a linguistic and social anthropologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard. His work has focused on the social life of communicative practices – linguistic, musical, performative, and textual. In the earlier part of his career he worked in diasporic south Asian communities in Fiji, focusing on the complexities of language, conflict, and social life – and on practices ranging from religious rhetoric to gossip. More recently he has been doing ethnographic work in research funding and higher educational policy-making institutions, both as participant and as observer. Don taught at Pitzer College from 1973-1996 and has been at UCSC since 1996. He edited American Ethnologist from 1990-94, served as President-Elect and President of the American Anthropological Association (1999-2003), was on the editorial board of the University of California Press, and has participated extensively on funding panels and on various assessment committees. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Fellow of the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Goettingen.

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