Nathanael M. Vlachos, MA, PhD
Department of Anthropology, MS-20
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251
Ph.D. Rice University
Department of Anthropology, 2017
Dissertation: Ethics of Freedom, Pragmatics of Constraint: Theatre in a Post-Mandela South Africa.
M.A. Rice University
Department of Anthropology, 2013
M.A. Texas Tech University
Certificate in Ethics, Texas Tech University
Department of Philosophy, 2009
B.A. Cum Laude, Seattle Pacific University
Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, 2005
AREAS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING
- Anthropology of Ethics
- Anthropology of South Africa
- Anthropology of Art
- Ethnographic research methods
- Ethnographic writing
2016. “Finding Social Change Backstage and Behind the Scenes in South African Theatre” in Dissent, Protest and Disputes in Africa eds. Toyin Falola and Emmanuel M. Mbah. London: Routledge (2016).
2014. Book review: “Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa,” by Isak Niehaus. Witchcraft, Magic and Ritual 10(2), 262-265.
2014. “Brett Bailey’s Traveling Human Zoo: Aesthetics, Whiteness, and Border Crossings” in Unsettling Whiteness, eds. Lucy Michael and Samantha Schultz, 59-67. Oxfordshire: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND TALKS
2016 In the Ring: Epistemic Agon and Institutional Constraint in a South African University. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. (Panel Chair)
2015 Go Out and Sell Your Project: Mapping the Political Economy of South African Theatre. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
2014 From Post-Apartheid to Post-Mandela: Toward a Theorization of Contemporary South Africa. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
2014 Ethics of Freedom, Pragmatics of Constraint: Provisional Thoughts from Fieldwork in South African Theatre. Wits Anthropology Seminar Series, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2013 Brett Bailey’s Traveling Human Zoo: Aesthetics, Whiteness, and Border Crossings. Images of Whiteness Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.
2013 Staging the Good: Ethics and Community Theater in Post-Apartheid South Africa.Social Movements, Political Expression and Religion in Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin.
2013 Exhibit A and Exhibit B: Aesthetics and Whiteness in Grahamstown and Berlin. NewDirections in Anthropology Graduate Conference, Rice University.
2012 War at a Distance: the Aesthetics of Transnational Protest. New Directions in Anthropology Graduate Conference, University of Texas at Austin.
2012 Flightlines and Sightlines: Massumi, Virilio, and Transnational Drone Art. Transnational Asia Graduate Conference, Rice Univesity.
2012 Partially Examined Semi-Life: the Aesthetics and Ethics of Bio Art Expertise. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
2011 The Ethics of Bio Art. New Directions in Anthropology Graduate Conference, University of Texas at Austin.
ACADEMIC AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2017, Fall. Instructor, Cultural Directions in Global Affairs (Graduate Seminar), Rice University.
2017, Spring. Instructor, Ethnographic Research. Department of Anthropology, Rice University.
2016, Spring. Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Wheaton College.
- ANTH 116—Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 440—Writing in History and the Social Sciences
- ANTH 450—Race, Ethics, and Religion in South Africa
- ANTH 482—Ethnographic Theory and Method
2015, Spring. Graduate Instructor, FWIS 157: Race and Society in Post-Apartheid South Africa (First-year writing-intensive seminar). Program in Writing and Communication, Rice University.
2013-2014. Visiting Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand.
2012-2014. Mellon Seminar Fellow, Frames of the Beautiful, the Criminal, and the Mad: The Art and Science of Excess, Rice University.
2011, Fall. Teacher’s Assistant, Introduction to Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Rice University.
2010, Spring. Adjunct Instructor, Introduction to Ethics, Lone Star College (Houston, Texas)
2009, Fall. Adjunct Instructor, Introduction to Philosophy, Lone Star College
2009, Spring. Graduate Part Time Instructor, Introduction to Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Texas Tech University.
2008, Fall. Teacher’s Assistant, Logic. Department of Philosophy, Texas Tech University
2017, Spring. Qualitative Researcher, Randi Korn and Associates
2015-Present. Digital Content Editor, Cultural Anthropology.
2015-2017. Qualitative Research Assistant, Deutser.
2015, Fall. Online Content Analyst, America Through Foreign Eyes (massive open online course), Rice University.
2015, Spring. Focus Group Facilitator, Program in Writing and Communication, Rice University.
COMMITTEES AND SERVICE
2015-2017 Graduate Student Council (Grants Committee), Rice University
2011-2012 Brown Bag Symposium Committee, Department of Anthropology, Rice University.
2008-2009 President, Philosophy Graduate Student Association, Texas Tech University
2007-2008 Vice-President, Philosophy Graduate Student Association, Texas Tech University
WRITING AND EDITING
2017-current. Writer and editor for Showing Up for Racial Justice, Houston, TX (SURJ HTX). Collaborated with SURJ HTX members to write and edit value statements onpolicing and accountability to People of Color.
2016-current. Volunteer Data Analyst, The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Houston TX. Volunteer qualitative data analysis for an organization focused on empowering LGBTQ communities of color and their allies through art.
2011-2013. Volunteer and Ethnographic Researcher, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, TX. Ethnographic research and volunteerism for an organization focused on promoting black and South Asian solidarity through art.
GRADAUTE SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION
2017, Spring. Nominee for Gardner Award: Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences, Rice University.
2013, Spring. Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Social Science Research Institute, Rice University.
2011, Spring. Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2008-2009. Jerry V. Fox, Jr. Memorial Fellowship, Texas Tech University
2007-2009. AT&T Chancellor’s Fellowship, Texas Tech University