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Tufts University
Department of Anthropology
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Medford, MA 02155

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David M. Guss
Interim Chair, Professor

Degrees
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Expertise

Urban and Symbolic Anthropology, Art and Aesthetics, Theory, Cultural Performance, Popular Culture, Myth and Ritual, Narrative, Latin America (Venezuela, Bolivia, the Amazon)

Major Awards
Fellow, Hawthornden Retreat for Writers, 2015, Senior Research Fellowship, Tufts University, 2014, Fellow, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, Bogliasco, Italy, 2011, and Franklin Research Award, American Philosophical Society, 2010. Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize, New England Council of Latin American Studies, 2007, Faculty Fellow, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, 2006-2008, Jeffrey Weiss Best Article Award, Theatre Historical Society of America, 2005, Dwight-Englewood Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Project Grant, 2002, University College of Citizenship and Public Service, Curricular Innovation Award, 2001, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, 1999, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellow, 1998, Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize, New England Council of Latin American Studies, 1996, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1993-1994, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, 1994, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Humanities, 1993, Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities, Harvard University, 1990-1991, Social Science Research Council Fellow, 1989-1990, Charlotte W. Newcombe-Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, 1986-1987, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1983-1984, Distinguished Scholar Award, UCLA, 1982

Scholarship & Research: Books and Monographs
Indigenous Peoples and New Urbanisms. Edited with an introduction by David M. Guss. A Special Issue of The Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2006.

The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism as Cultural Performance. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000
Published in Spanish as El Estado Festivo: Raza, Etnicidad y Nacionalismo como Representación Cultural. Translated by Yolanda Salas. Caracas: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura, 2005

To Weave and Sing: Art, Symbol, and Narrative in the South American Rain Forest. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1989.
Published in Spanish as Tejer y Cantar. Translated by Carolina Escalona. Caracas: Monte Avila Editores. 1994

The Language of the Birds: Tales, Texts, and Poems of Interspecies Communication. Edited with an introduction and notes by David M. Guss. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1985

The Book, Spiritual Instrument. N.Y.: New Wilderness Letter, 1982. (Jointly edited with Jerome Rothenberg). New and revised edition, Granary Books, N.Y. 1996

Watunna: An Orinoco Creation Cycle by Marc de Civrieux. Edited and translated with a preface and glossary by David M. Guss. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1980. Revised and expanded edition, University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 1997

Navigators of the Orinoco: River Indians of Venezuela. UCLA Museum of Cultural History Pamphlet Series, no. 11, Los Angeles, 1980. (Jointly authored with Johannes Wilbert).

Walky-Talky (Poems). San Luis Obispo, CA.: Pendu Femelle, 1988

Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat. Translated with an introduction by David M. Guss. Santa Barbara, CA.: Turkey Press, 1986

The Selected Poetry of Vicente Huidobro. Edited with an introduction by David M. Guss. N.Y.: New Directions, 1981. New edition, 2001

Articles in various journals including American Ethnologist, Ethnology, Public Culture, Revista de Investigaciones Folcloricas, Journal of Latin American Lore, Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Mitologicas M/E/A/N/N/I/N/G, Antropolgica, The Journal of Latin American Anthropology, ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America