Robert J. Foster
Professor and Chair
Thomas P. Gibson
Anthropologists in Other Departments
Noelle C. Andrus
Nancy Fried Foster
Director of Anthropological Research
Office: Lattimore 440, Telephone: (585) 248-3462
Office Hours: Thursday 2-3 pm (fall)
Professor McCabe received her Ph.D. and M.A. from New York University and her B.A. from The George Washington University. Before coming to the University of Rochester, she worked for the New York State Department of Social Services as Director of the Child Sexual Abuse Program. She has conducted fieldwork on child sexual abuse in New York City where her research was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. In partnership with Cornell University, she developed a multi-disciplinary training program for professionals who intervene in cases of child sexual abuse.
At the University of Rochester, Professor McCabe works with students as a member of the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Review Board.
1981 Ph.D. New York University, Anthropology
Thesis: “Decisions You Don’t Sleep With: State Intervention in the Lives of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families”
1974 M.A. New York University, Anthropology
1969 B.A. The George Washington University, Anthropology 1974 M.A. New York University, Anthropology 1981
ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research
ANT 280K: Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Transportation
ANT 281K: Solving UR's Enviro-Footprint
PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS
2012 "Vitamin Practices and Ideologies of Health and the Body". Maryann Macabe and Antonella Fabri. International Journal of Business Anthropology 3(1) forthcoming.
2011 "Postscript: Business Anthropology, the Future, and Pursuit of Theoretical Directions" In R. Tian, D. Zhou and A. Marrewijk (Eds.), Advanced Readings in Business Anthropology. Toronto:North American Business Press.
2011 "An Anthropological Approach to Ignite Traditional Focus Groups - A Review of Refocusing Focus Groups ". International Journal of Business Anthropology 2(1): 136-137.
2010 "Brands, Interactivity and Contested Fields: Exploring Production and Consumption in Cadillac and Infiniti Automobile Advertising Campaigns". Maryann McCabe and Timothy de Waal Malefyt. Human Organization 69(3): 353-262.
2005 Book Review. "Getting Started in Marketing Ethnography". QRCA Views 4(1):82-3.
2005 “Ignoring Cultural Heritage in Diabetes Treatment: A Form of Structural Violence.” Presented at Association for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2004 “Strengthening Pedagogy and Praxis in Cultural Anthropology and Service Learning: Insights from Postcolonialism.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 10(3): 16-30.
2004 “Local and Translocal Meanings of Technology – When Does It Matter?” Presented at the Applied Consumer Research Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.
1988 Child Sexual Abuse Curriculum for Social Workers, Module II. Denver: American Humane Association.
1987 Use of Anatomical Dolls to Interview Sexually Abused Children (Maryann McCabe and Patrick Tooman). New York: Cornell University.
1986 “Child Neglect: A Research View.” In M. McCabe et. al. (Eds.), Child Abuse and Neglect. New York: Goldner Press.
1985 “Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse” and “Coordinated Intervention in Child Sexual Abuse Cases.” In M. McCabe and R. Cohen (Eds.), Sexual Abuse of Children. New York: Goldner Press.
I am an applied anthropologist interested in market ethnography, material culture, community revitalization, social justice, and sustainability. Working at the juncture of anthropology and business as the founder and principal of a market research consultancy, I have been interested in how start-up and established enterprises bring products and services to the market. My interest is based on ‘brands as cultural beings’, the principle that developing and marketing products should not start with the worldview of corporate strategists but rather with the needs and values of consumers.
Because I am concerned about community and social justice, I work with students in partnership with local organizations to help residents in the process of revitalizing their neighborhoods. Most recently we engaged in research projects with the Rochester Public Market to enhance its positioning in the region and with Rochester Roots to launch a farmer’s market selling organic produce grown in one of the city’s poorer neighborhoods. My interest in sustainability relates to both agriculture and transportation in terms of human decision-making and its impact on society and the environment.
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