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Laurence Ralph

Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(on leave 2012-13)

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Barker Center 241
(617) 496-2113
Department of African and African American Studies
12 Quincy St. Barker Center 241
Cambridge, MA 02138


Laurence Ralph joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University in the Fall 2011. He is currently working on an ethnography entitled Half Dead: Violence and Mobility in a Chicago Street Gang. The book explores the networks of commerce, criminality, and affiliation that congeal in the figure of the disabled gang affiliate. His research interests include: Gang Formations; Urban Anthropology; Disability; Medical Anthropology; Masculinity; Race; Theories of Violence; Popular Culture and Hip Hop.

In the Fall, Laurence Ralph will be teaching two new courses: "Race, Health and Society" and "Disease, Disability, and the Body."