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C. Jason Throop


Professor & Department Chair


Contact Information

Email    jthroop@ucla.edu
Office  388 Haines
Phone  310-794-2190

My research and teaching interests are clearly situated at the intersection of the fields of medical and psychological anthropology. Broadly configured, my research agenda sets out to examine human existence as articulated in its cultural, moral, and practical dimensions. Committed to furthering a phenomenological anthropological approach to understanding our distinctly human ways of being-in-the world, my contributions to medical and psychological anthropology span a fairly broad spectrum of theoretical and practical concerns. These include: theoretical and ethnographic work on empathy and intersubjectivity; investigations into the problems of experience in contemporary anthropological theory; explorations of the cultural patterning of pain, sensation, emotion, and mood; analyses of social suffering and illness experience; studies of agency and will in cultural context;  as well as ongoing research on the existential and cultural processes underlying the formation of ethical modes of being. My regional specialization is Oceania where I have conducted over 19 months of research on experiences of pain, suffering, illness, and morality on the island of Yap (Waqab), Federated States of Micronesia. 

I have authored one book, Suffering and Sentiment: Exploring the Vicissitudes of Experience and Pain in Yap (2010, University of California Press), and co-edited two others, Toward an Anthropology of the Will (2010, Stanford University Press) and The Anthropology of Empathy: Experiencing the Lives of Others in Pacific Societies (2011, Berghahn Press). I am currently developing a new empirical project on palliative care.

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles (2005)

Selected Publications

Books
Hollan, D.W. and C.J. Throop (Eds.) 2011. The Anthropology of Empathy: Experiencing the Lives of Others in Pacific Societies. Oxford: Berghahn. 

Throop, C.J. 2010. Suffering and Sentiment: Exploring the Vicissitudes of Experience and Pain in Yap. Berkeley: University of California Press. 

Murphy K.M. and C.J. Throop (eds.) 2010. Toward an Anthropology of the Will. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. 

Articles/Book Chapters

Throop, C.J. 2014. "Moral Moods." Ethos 42(1): 65-83.

Zigon, J. and C.J. Throop. 2014. "Moral Experience: Introduction." Ethos 42(1): 1-15.

Throop, C.J. 2012 “On the Varieties of Empathic Experience: Tactility, Mental Opacity, and Pain in Yap. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 26(3): 408-430. 

Throop, C.J. 2012. "Moral Sentiments." In Didier Fassin (ed.), A Companion to Moral Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell. Pg. 150-168. 

Throop, C.J. 2012. "On Inaccessibility and Vulnerability: Some Horizons of Compatibility between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis." Ethos 40(1): 75-96. 

Desjarlais, R. and C.J. Throop. 2011. “Phenomenological Approaches in Anthropology.” Annual Review of Anthropology. 40: 87-102. 

Throop, C.J. 2010. "Latitudes of Loss: On the Vicissitudes of Empathy." American Ethnologist 37(4): 771-782. 

Throop, C.J. 2009. "Intermediary Varieties of Experience." Ethnos 74(4): 535-558. 

Throop, C.J. 2009. “Interpretation and the Limits of Interpretability: On Rethinking Clifford Geertz’ Semiotics of Religious Experience.” Journal of North African Studies 14(3/4): 369-384. 

Throop, C.J. 2008. “From Pain to Virtue: Dysphoric Sensations and Moral Sensibilities in Yap (Waqab), Federated States of Micronesia.” Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry 45(2): 253-286. 

Hollan, D. and C.J. Throop. 2008. “Whatever Happened to Empathy?” Ethos. 36(4): 385-401. 

Throop, C. J. 2003. "Articulating Experience." Anthropological Theory 3(2). 219-241. 

Throop, C. J. and K.M. Murphy. 2002. "Bourdieu and Phenomenology: A critical assessment." Anthropological Theory 2(2):185-207.

Research

Psychological and medical anthropology, phenomenology, sensorial anthropology, theories of experience in anthropology, self and subjective experience, empathy, pain, emotion/mood, morality, temporality, anthropology of the will, Yap (Federated States of Micronesia)

Graduate Students

Courtney Cecale
Devin Flaherty
Clinton Humphrey (Co-Chair)
Matthew McCoy
Aidan Seale-Feldman
Christopher Stephan
Siyat Ulon
Jenny Walton-Wetzel (Co-Chair)

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Anthropology

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Culture and Communication

Anthropology of Food

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Language and Identity

Gender Systems: Global

Anthropology of Religion

Urban Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Community and Corporate Internships in Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2017 Winter Quarter

Paleopathology

Community and Corporate Internships in Anthropology

2016 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Community and Corporate Internships in Anthropology

Seminar: Psychocultural Studies and Medical Anthropology

2016 Summer Session

Culture and Society

Culture and Communication

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

Warfare and Conflict

Urban Anthropology

Ideology and Social Change in Contemporary China

2016 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Community and Corporate Internships in Anthropology

Culture of Intersubjectivity

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Summer Session

Archaeology: Introduction

Culture and Society

Culture and Communication

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Language in Culture

Language and Identity

Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2015 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2014 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Psychocultural Studies and Medical Anthropology

2014 Summer Session

Human Evolution

Culture and Society

Culture and Communication

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Language in Culture

2014 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

Culture of Intersubjectivity

2013 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

2013 Summer Session

Human Evolution

Archaeology: Introduction

Culture and Society

Culture and Communication

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

Anthropology of Religion

Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

2013 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Field Methods

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development

Psychological Anthropology

2012 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Culture of Intersubjectivity

2011 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2011 Spring Quarter

Field Methods

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Seminar: Psychocultural Studies and Medical Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2011 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development

2010 Spring Quarter

Cultures of Pacific

Field Methods

2010 Winter Quarter

Psychological Anthropology

2009 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2009 Spring Quarter

Field Methods

Culture of Intersubjectivity

2009 Winter Quarter

Cultures of Pacific

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2008 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development

Field Methods

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2007 Fall Quarter

Cultures of Pacific

Seminar: Psychocultural Studies and Medical Anthropology

2007 Spring Quarter

Field Methods

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2007 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development

Psychological Anthropology

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 137
Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology

2017 Summer Session

2016 Summer Session

ANTHRO 135S
Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

2017 Summer Session

2016 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

ANTHRO 133F
Anthropology of Food

2017 Summer Session

ANTHRO 149A
Language and Identity

2017 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

ANTHRO M154Q
Gender Systems: Global

2017 Summer Session

GENDER M154Q
Gender Systems: Global

2017 Summer Session

ANTHRO 167
Urban Anthropology

2017 Summer Session

2016 Summer Session

ANTHRO 33
Culture and Communication

2017 Summer Session

2016 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

ANTHRO 156
Anthropology of Religion

2017 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

ANTHRO 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 129Q
Paleopathology

2017 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 9
Culture and Society

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Summer Session

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Summer Session

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Summer Session

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Summer Session

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 234
Seminar: Psychocultural Studies and Medical Anthropology

2016 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 159
Warfare and Conflict

2016 Summer Session

ANTHRO 157
Selected Topics in Social Anthropology

2016 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

ANTHRO 139
Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

2016 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

2014 Summer Session

ANTHRO 175Q
Ideology and Social Change in Contemporary China

2016 Summer Session

ANTHRO 295
Culture of Intersubjectivity

2016 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO M140
Language in Culture

2015 Summer Session

2014 Summer Session

ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: Introduction

2015 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

ANTHRO 118
Selected Topics in Archaeology

2015 Summer Session

2014 Summer Session

ANTHRO 7
Human Evolution

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

ANTHRO 179
Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

2013 Summer Session

ANTHRO 191HB
Field Methods

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 135A
Introduction to Psychological Anthropology: Historical Development

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M234Q
Psychological Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 177
Cultures of Pacific

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter