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James Mullooly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chair

Director of the Institute of Public Anthropology

Interests: Applied anthropology, ethnomethodology, social reproduction, culture theory, linguistic anthropology.

Region: North America, Egypt.

Phone: 559-278-7574 | Office: Peters Building 385 | Email

Curriculum Vitae

Interview: Culture Inscribed Newsletter

Short Biography

Dr. James Mullooly is an Applied Cultural Anthropologist with a great deal of interest in improving the quality of life in Fresno by focusing of key issues such as education, commerce and industry. He is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at California State University Fresno. He has lived in Jamaica, Mali and Egypt and has conducted fieldwork in Egypt and the United States (in inner cities in New York and the Midwest). He works in the fields of Ethnography, Applied Anthropology and Ethnomethodology. 

James holds a BA in Anthropology and History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, two Master’s degrees, one in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (American University in Cairo) and another in Anthropology and Education (Columbia University) and a PhD in Anthropology and Education (Columbia University).  His dissertation, “Work, play and consequences: What Counts in a Successful Middle School” (2003) is an ethnography of an alternative middle school for Hispanic immigrants of low socio-economic status that has fostered great academic success amongst its graduates.

Research in Entrepreneurship
James Mullooly has recently started a research project in a Sierra foothills community where his key informants are the members of the town’s chamber of commerce.  This community study is a perfect opportunity to investigate matters of innovation and entrepreneurship because a major university has just been founded in a nearby city.  The applied methodological approach he is employing means that the focus of his research is directly influenced by the needs of the subjects under investigation.  By choosing members of the chamber of commerce as his key informants, he has insured that he will be investigating matters that are important to local interests.

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