Linguistic anthropology. Psychological anthropology. Religion. Ethnicity. East Africa. Teaches courses on linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, communication and media, and anthropological theory.
Janet McIntosh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, language ideology, narrative and discourse, personhood, essentialism, religion, ritual, Islam, ethnic identity, colonialism and postcoloniality, and East Africa. After earning a BA at Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a second BA at Oxford University (first class honors), she undertook graduate training at the University of Michigan, earning her Ph.D in 2002 and winning a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dr. McIntosh has recent articles in such journals as American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Africa, Journal of Religion in Africa, and Language and Communication. Her book "The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood, and Ethnoreligious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast" (Duke University Press, 2009), won the 2010 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is currently conducting research toward a new project on the narrated dilemmas of former colonial settlers and their descendants in Kenya. She is Deputy Editor of The Journal of Religion in Africa. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include "Language, Ethnicity and Nationalism," "Linguistic Anthropology," "Psychological Anthropology," "Colonialism/Postcoloniality: Encounters and Dilemmas," "Communication and Media," "Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies," and "Language in American Life." Before coming to Brandeis she taught at University of Michigan, Harvard University, and MIT. She lives in Brookline with her husband Tom and sons Tobias and Theo.
University of Michigan, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, M.A.
Oxford University, B.A.
Harvard University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Senior Faculty Research Leave (2013)
Alternate, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2011)
2010 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion (for "The Edge of Islam") (2010)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2008)
Kermit H. Perlmutter Fellow (Award for Teaching Excellence) (2006)
Michael L. Walzer Award for Teaching Excellence (2005)
Mazer Grant, Brandeis University. (2004)
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend (for research in Kenya). (2004)
Horace H. Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Michigan (2003)
Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University (1999 - 2001)
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (1998 - 1999)
Jacob Javits Fellowship (1993 - 1997)
Marshall Scholarship (1991 - 1993)
|ANTH||1a||Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies|
|ANTH||26a||Communication and Media|
|ANTH||133b||Colonialism and Post-coloniality in Africa: Encounters and Dilemmas|
|ANTH||139b||Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism|
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|GSAS||302d||Interdisciplinary Dissertation Seminar|