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Nancy E. Levine


Professor and Department Chair


Contact Information

Email    nelevine@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  395 Haines
Phone  310-825-2134
I am a social anthropologist who studies how the political and economic changes associated with state-sponsored projects of modernization affect families and communities.

My research has focused on culturally Tibetan societies in Nepal and in China and on understanding the logic underlying variations in systems of kinship and marriage, parenting, and demographic change.  My earlier research was carried out among peasant farmers in northwestern Nepal and concerned the ways in which individuals, households, and communities coped with economic scarcity and conditions of pre-modern mortality.  My current research considers the consequences of government-sponsored policies of sedentarization for Tibetan pastoralists in Sichuan, Qinghai, and Gansu Provinces, China and how relocation to newly constructed towns and adaptations to new ways of living has affected their family relationships, community ties, cultural values, and health and well-being.

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Rochester (1978)

Selected Publications

1987 Differential Child Care in Three Tibetan Communities: Beyond Son Preference. Population and Development Review. 13(2). 

1987 Caste, State and Ethnic Boundaries in Nepal. Journal of Asian Studies 46:71-88. 

1988 The Dynamics of Polyandry. University of Chicago Press. 

1997 with J. Silk. Why Polyandry Fails: Sources of Instability in Polyandrous Marriages. Current Anthropology 38:375-398. 

1999 Cattle and the Cash Economy: Responses to Change Among Tibetan Nomadic Pastoralists. Human Organization 58:161-172. 

2008 Alternative Kinship, Marriage, and Reproduction. Annual Review of Anthropology, 37:375–89

Research

Kinship and domestic economy, demography, social change, gender; Tibet and Central Asia

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2015 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2015 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2014 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2014 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2013 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2013 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2012 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2012 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2011 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2010 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2010 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2009 Fall Quarter

Societies of Central Asia

2008 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2008 Winter Quarter

Research Design in Cultural Anthropology

2007 Fall Quarter

Societies of Central Asia

2005 Fall Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2005 Spring Quarter

Field Methods

2004 Fall Quarter

Societies of Central Asia

2003 Spring Quarter

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2002 Fall Quarter

Development Anthropology

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2002 Spring Quarter

Culture and Society

2002 Winter Quarter

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2001 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

2001 Spring Quarter

Societies of Central Asia

2001 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

2000 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

2000 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

1999 Fall Quarter

Culture and Society

Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Anthropology

1999 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 203B
Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Sociocultural Systems and Ethnography, Anthropology at Mid-Century

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M151
Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

GENDER M151
Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

WOM STD M151
Marriage, Family, and Kinship

2010 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 175R
Societies of Central Asia

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 282
Research Design in Cultural Anthropology

2008 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 191HB
Field Methods

2005 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 197P
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 161
Development Anthropology

2002 Fall Quarter

INTL DV 100A
Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2002 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 9
Culture and Society

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 197HD
Writing for Anthropology

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 203A
Core Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology -- Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Anthropology

1999 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 151

1998 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 197HD

1998 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 9

1997 Fall Quarter