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Anthropology Department Faculty

Kathryn Mariner

Kathryn Mariner

  • Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Chicago, 2015

444 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-8734
Fax: (585) 275-3163

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Research Overview

Professor Mariner's research examines the relationship between social inequality and intimacy in the United States. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her research at a private adoption agency in Chicago between 2009 and 2016. The book explores the speculative logics of domestic adoption, by attending to how raced and classed exchanges of power, money, and knowledge produce notions of the child as an imagined future. Professor Mariner is also trained in clinical social work and uses that background to inform her ethnographic practice. Her next research project will investigate the relationship between inequality and violence in Rochester.


  • Lichtstern Distinguished Dissertation Prize (University of Chicago Department of Anthropology)
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008-2011
  • Mellon Mays Fellowship, 2006