College of Arts and Sciences

Harriet Phinney

  • Harriet Phinney
    Associate Professor, Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work
    Associate Appointment, Asian Studies Program
    Phone: 206-296-5906
    Building/Room: Casey 301

    Teaching and Research Interests

    Teaching Interests:

        Introduction to Anthropology
        Reproduction and Sexuality
        Anthropology of the Body
        Political & Economic Anthropology
        Vietnam and Mainland Southeast Asia
        Contemporary HIV/AIDS epidemic: an interdisciplinary approach.

    Research Interests:

        Viet Nam
        Politics of reproduction
        Affect and emotion
        Gender (masculinities and femininities)
        Marital and family law
        Effects of war on kinship
        Single women
        Ethnography of the state
        Political economy
        Medical anthropology


    Key Publications:

        Phinney, Harriet. 2008. “’Rice is Essential but Tiresome; You should get some Noodles”: Doi Moi and the Political Economy of Men’s Extramarital Sexual Relations and Marital HIV Risk in Hanoi, Vietnam.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 98, no. 4, pp. 650-660.

        Phinney, Harriet. 2008. “Objects of Affection: Vietnamese Discourses on Love and Emancipation. positions 16(2): 329-356.

        Phinney, Harriet. 2005. “The shifting yet conventional logic of sex and reproduction in northern Vietnam: Post-war refashioning of single women’s reproductive space.” The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol.6, no. 3, pp. 215-230.

        Phinney, Harriet. 2005. “Discursive Transformations: Maternal Desire among older single women in northern Viet Nam.” in Bousquet, Gisele and Nora Taylor. Le Vietnam au Feminine, Vietnam: Women’s Realities. Paris: Les Indes Savantes.

        Phinney, Harriet. 2000 “Van De Con Cai Cua Phu Nu Doc Than O Bac Viet Nam” [The Problem of Children among Single Women in Northern Vietnam]. Conference Publication - Vietnamese Studies and the Enhancement of International Cooperation, 14-17 July 1998. Vietnam National University and the National Center for Social and Human Sciences.