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Katherine Platt

Associate Professor

Academic Division: History & Society
781-239-5570

Bio

Dr. Platt has taught at Boston University, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. Her regional specialty is North Africa and the Middle East with a particular focus on labor migration, ritual, and local identity in Tunisia. Her current research concerns transnational migrant and refugee populations.​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
  • BA, University of Minnesota

Academic Interests

Cultural Anthropology; Middle East and North Africa; Migrations; Religion; Ritual and Symbolism

Awards & Honors

  • 2000 - Babson College Phornprapha Term Chair
  • 1987 - Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University
  • 1974 - Post-Graduate Studentship, London School of Economics
  • 1971 - Honors Division Scholarship, University of Minnesota

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • ANT 4602: HINDUISM IN GREATER BOSTON
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • ANT 4602: HINDUISM IN GREATER BOSTON
  • AHS 1000: AHS FOUNDATION
  • BRC 3603: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE BRIC
  • ANT 4602: HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM
  • BRC 2401: INDIA: WORLD RELIGIONS IDEOLOGIES SOC

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Platt, K.H. (2010). The Spirituality of Work and the Work of Spirituality: Women Agriculturalists in Rural Tunisia in Women’s Everyday Religion . Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion(35)

Presentations

  • Cyber Communities and the Tunisian Diaspora with Special Reference to “the Arab Spring."
    Platt, K. Cyber Communities and the Tunisian Diaspora with Special Reference to “the Arab Spring." 4th Annual Converence on Mediterranean Studies(2011)
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Bear Butte: Sacred Destinations in the American Landscape
    Platt, K., Pinard, M. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Bear Butte: Sacred Destinations in the American Landscape Pilgrimage Today, Turku, Finland (2009)
  • Uplift and Erosion: The Nature of bear Butte Ever Made and Remade
    Pinard, M., Platt, K. Uplift and Erosion: The Nature of bear Butte Ever Made and Remade The Donner Institutue 20th Conference, Turku, Finland (2009)
  • Home Place and the Cyber Diaspora
    Platt, K. Home Place and the Cyber Diaspora The Mediterranean and its Seas, University of Minnesota (2008)
  • Religion on the Borders
    Platt, K. Religion on the Borders New Challenges in the Academic Study of Religion, Stockholm, Sweden (2007)
  • Guests Become Hosts: Diaspora Organizations Reoriented
    Platt, K. Guests Become Hosts: Diaspora Organizations Reoriented British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England (2006)
  • Going on Record: Ritual Performance as Autobiographical Action
    Platt, K. Going on Record: Ritual Performance as Autobiographical Action Fifth International Auto/Biography Conference, Mainz, Germany (2006)
  • Making the Familiar Strange and the Strange Familiar: an Ethnographic Core Text: Number Our Days by Barbara Myerhoff
    Platt, K. Making the Familiar Strange and the Strange Familiar: an Ethnographic Core Text: Number Our Days by Barbara Myerhoff Association for Core Texts and Courses 12th Annual Conference, Chicago (2006)
  • Spiritual Autobiography by Contemporary Muslim Women
    Platt, K. Spiritual Autobiography by Contemporary Muslim Women American Culture and Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Associations, Albuquerque (2006)
  • Self-Reflection and Autobiography: Contemporary Muslim Women Situating the Self
    Platt, K. Self-Reflection and Autobiography: Contemporary Muslim Women Situating the Self Undisclosed, Vancouver B.C (2005)
  • The Kerkennah Islands, 25 Years Later
    Platt, K. The Kerkennah Islands, 25 Years Later Undisclosed, Paris (2003)
  • Female in the Field: Ethnographic Research in the Middle East and North Africa
    Platt, K. Female in the Field: Ethnographic Research in the Middle East and North Africa Undisclosed, London (2003)