• Ellen L. Marakowitz

    Senior Lecturer, and Director of MA in Anthropology
    Department of Anthropology
    469 Schermerhorn, Dept Of Anthropology, Mail Code: 5523, United States
    +1 212 854 8268


    My research interests include an examination of the ways in which gender intersects with national identity and national narratives. My work in Finland examined several women's associations which represented a range of perspectives on female identity and notions of citizenship. In this research I explore the contradictions contained in the political power women in Finland hold and the limitations of that power. More recently I have been engaged with topics in the area of medical anthropology, looking at public health issues in the U.S., primarily in the area of tuberculosis. I have been conducting fieldwork into the nature of collaborations between public and private agencies in terms of control, treatment and definition of disease. I will be expanding this research to include an exploration of how the triangle of tuberculosis, substance, and AIDS impacts on access to primary medical services and institutions.


    Forthcoming. Book Review for American Ethnologist (invited).  Histories of Victimhood.  Edited by Steffen Jensen and Henrik Ronsbo  2014.   University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    2012. "Regulated Research."  Book Review.  Ethical Imperialism:  Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009.  Zachary Schrag. 2010. Academe, Nov/Dec 2012.  Pp. 45-48.

    1996. "Gender and National Identity in Finland, An Exploration into Women's Political Agency." Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 19, Nos. 1/2, pp. 55-63.

    1995. "A Training Model for Exploring Diversity in Treatment Settings," E. Marakowitz and Nancy Woodruff Ment, Continuing Group Care Practice, Research and Evaluation,  Vol. 5, No. 1,  Pp. 33-36.

    1989. "Muistelma lottatyon arjesta."  Naistutkimus 2: 1, Pp. 10-11.

    1988. "Women's association in Finland: Links between feminism and the welfare state." Canadian Women's Studies Journal, 9(2), 48-50.