Brian Haley Receives Annual Smith Prize

April 15th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Dr. Brian Haley

Dr. Brian Haley, associate professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at SUNY Oneonta, has been awarded the college’s 2013 Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. He will deliver the annual Susan Sutton Smith Lecture, titled “Unexpected Histories: Hippies, Hopis, and Ammon Hennacy” on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the college’s Morris Conference Center.

A hearty hors d’oeuvre reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Dr. Haley, who joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2000, holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His teaching and research address how ethnic, racial and national identities form and change; the social and cultural consequences of capitalist agriculture, Mexican immigration, globalization and tourism; and the application of anthropology to practical issues such as immigration, heritage management and ethnic relations.

As a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Haley has conducted ethnographic research in rural communities in California recently made multiethnic by Mexican farm worker immigration, ethnohistorical research on the original Spanish colonists of California and their descendants, and ethnohistorical and archaeological research on Navajo and Chumash Native American communities in Arizona and California. Recently, he has also been documenting the varied ways in which anthropology, over the course of its history, has mirrored, sustained and also undermined the popular distinction between so-called civilized and primitive societies. Dr. Haley’s newest book, “Reimagining the Immigrant: The Accommodation of Mexican Immigrants in Rural America” (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009) examines the coexisting practices of established residents’ discrimination against and accommodation of Mexican immigrants in a small farm town in California, and the ways in which immigrants and established residents reimagine immigrant ethnic identity in a more positive light.

Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. Dr. Haley is the 19th recipient of this prize, which is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas Smith and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.