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Harriet Phinney, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Associate Appointment, Asian Studies Program


Harriet Phinney CV

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Culture and the Body
  • Culture and Reproduction
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Senior Synthesis: Thinking Anthropologically

Research Interests:

  • Affect and Emotion
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Politics of Reproduction
  • Marital and Family law/Kinship
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Single mothers
  • Vietnam and Southeast Asia

Recent Publications:

  • Now available: Single Mothers and the State’s Embrace: Reproductive Agency in Vietnam. University of Washington Press

  • Phinney, Harriet, Khuat Thu Hong, Vu Thi Thanh Nhan, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and Jennifer S. Hirsch, "Obstacles to the Cleanliness of our Race: HIV, reproductive risk. stratified reproduction, and population quality in Hanoi, Vietnam." Journal of Critical Public Health, (2013).

  • Phinney, Harriet, Jennifer Hirsch, and Holly Wardlow. "'No one saw us': reputation as an axis of sexual identity." Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers.(2012) 91- I 07.

  • Phinney, Harriet, Jennifer Hirsch, Holly Wardlow, Daniel Jordan Smith, Shanti Parikh and Constance Nathanson. The Secret: Love. Marriage and HIV. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.

  • Phinney, Harriet. "'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, (2008): 650-660.

  • Phinney, Harriet. "Objects of Affection: Vietnamese Discourses on Love and Emancipation." Positions. vol. 16, no. 2, (2008): 329-356.