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Kathryn Mariner

  • Wilmot Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • On Leave (AY 2019-2020)

PhD, University of Chicago, 2015

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


  • ANT 104:  Contemporary Issues: Reproduction
  • ANT 204:  Ethnographic Themes: American Kinship(s)
  • ANT 235:  The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies
  • ANT 288:  The Social Construction of Whiteness
  • ANT 307:  Race and Space in the City

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Mariner, Kathryn A. Forthcoming (January 2020). "American Elegy: A Triptych." Public Culture 32(1).
  • Mariner, Kathryn A. Forthcoming (December 2019). "White Parents, Black Care: Entanglements of Race and Kinship in American Transracial Adoption." American Anthropologist 121(4).
  • "The Specular Un/making of Kinship: Subverting the Penetrating Gaze of Adoption in the United States." Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 2017. 10.1080/00141844.2017.1377744  


Selected Awards/Grants

  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2019
  • University Research Award, University of Rochester, 2018
  • W.E.B. DuBois Award for Educational Excellence, Black Students' Union, 2018
  • Internal Junior Fellow, Humanities Center, University of Rochester, Fall 2018
  • 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


  • Professor Mariner is currently conducting fieldwork for a new research project--tentatively titled Fertile Ground--investigating the relationship between race and placemaking in Rochester, New York. In order to understand how individuals from marginalized groups build physical spaces of community within the context of hypersegregation, the project utilizes community-based and participatory approaches to fieldwork, and employs the methods of observant participation, interviews, mapping, photography, and artistic production to capture the many ways people are creating and sustaining lifeworlds in a city sometimes described as “dying,” and where certain racialized spaces in particular have been problematically termed “fatal.” Fertile Ground sprouts from three existing intellectual traditions: theories of space and place, urban ethnography and history, and feminist and Black geographies. Learn more about the project at