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Elizabeth D'Antonio



M.Phil/Ph.D Anthropology: Material Culture Studies

University College London (2009 - 2012)

Primary Supervisor: Prof Daniel Miller

Secondary Supervisor: Dr Victor Buchli

MA Social Sciences: Anthropology

University of Chicago (2007 - 2008)

BFA with Emphasis in Arts Education: Film, Video and Mixed Media

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001 - 2004)


Ph.D Thesis Title: “Inside the American Dream: An Ethnography”

My current project explores various dimensions of suburban life in the Midwestern United States, with a focus on the material culture of home, domesticity and community. This work critically engages with prior scholarship in geography, anthropology, and cultural studies to shed new light on how understandings of class, gender, and national identity are reflected through the single-family home. Demonstrating the relationship between material culture and concepts of self and society, the thesis utilizes in-depth ethnographic data to link affect and emotion with policy, exposing shifting perceptions of what it means to be American in the context of 21st century change.

Additional Interests

Architecture, Interior Design, and the Built Environment

Visual Culture

Documentary Film and Photo-ethnography


Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA)

American Studies Association (ASA)

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