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Tamar Gordon

This is a representative list of faculty teaching EMAC core courses. For a comprehensive list, please see the specific departmental websites at www.arts.rpi.edu/ and www.cm.rpi.edu/ .

Tamar Gordon

Associate Professor

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  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley
  • M.A. Anthropology, Yale University
  • B.A. Anthropology, Yale University


Tamar Gordon focuses on the cultural analysis of contemporary religions and their intersections with local and global modernities; themed environments; Polynesian and American societies.

She is currently working on an edited collection titled “Themelands.”

Her recent work includes the “Whose Development? Cultural Management and Globalized Economy in China’s Ethnic Theme Parks” published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Development; writing, directing and co-producing the documentary feature film “Global Villages” which was shown in locations around the world, including Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, and Lisbon; and she edited and wrote the introduction to the volume Material Religion.

She presents her work frequently, most recently “Cultural Narratives and Development Narratives” at the Heritage in Development: International Seminar on Art and Livelihood.

Contact info:
Office number: SAGE4210
Phone number: 518.276.8121
Fax number: 518.276.4092
Email Address: gordot@rpi.edu