Jane Goodman

Jane Goodman

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology


  • Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1999

Geographical areas of specialization
North Africa; Middle East; France

Research Interests
performance and civic life; intertextuality; colonial and postcolonial formations; theater, music, and poetry

About Jane Goodman

Honors and Awards
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad fellow, 2008-2009
  • ACLS/SSRC/NEH fellow, 2008-2009
  • American Institute for Maghreb Studies fellow, 2008-2009
  • New Frontiers faculty fellow, 2008-2009
  • Trustees' Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2003


  • C422 Performance, Culture, and Power in the Middle East and North Africa
  • C318 Ethnography as Cultural Critique; Topic: Self, Body, Culture
  • C417 Power and Violence: Political Systems in Ethnographic Perspective
  • C401 Senior Seminar; Topic: Identity and Difference
  • C507 Ethnographic Research Methods in Communication & Culture
  • C610 Identity and Difference
  • C650 Ethnography and Social Theory; Topic: Middle East and North Africa

Selected Publications

2009 Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments.  Coedited with Paul Silverstein.  University of Nebraska Press.

2009 Performing "Laicite": Gender, Agency and Neoliberalism among Algerians in France.  In Politics, Publics, Personhood: Ethnography at the Limits of Neoliberalism.  Carol J. Greenhouse, editor.  University of Pennsylvania Press.

2007 A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication: Essential Readings.  Coedited with Leila Monaghan.  Blackwell Publishing.

2007 Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

2004 "Reinterpreting the Berber Spring: From Rite of Reversal to Site of Convergence."  Journal of North African Studies 9: 60-82.

2003 "The Proverbial Bourdieu: Habitus and the Politics of Representation in the Ethnography of Kabylia."  American Anthropologist 105: 782-793.

2003 "From Village to Vinyl: Geneologies of New Kabyle Song."  Emergencies: Journal for the Study of Media and Composite Cultures 13: 75-93.

2002 "Writing Empire, Underwriting Nation: Discursive Histories of Kabyle Berber 'Oral Texts'."  American Ethnologist 29: 86-122.

2002 "Stealing Our Heritage?": Women's Folk Songs, Copyright Law, and the Public Domain in Algeria."  Africa Today 49: 84-97.

2002 "The Half-Lives of Texts: Poetry, Politics, and Ethnography in Kabylia, Algeria."  Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 12: 157-188.

1998 "Singers, saints, and the construction of postcolonial subjectivities in Algeria." Ethos 26: 204-228.

1996 "Dancing toward 'la mixite': Berber associations and cultural change in Algeria."  Middle East Report (MERIP) 26: 16-19.