Maria Vesperi

Maria Vesperi
Professor of Anthropology

Maria D. Vesperi holds a doctorate in anthropology from Princeton University, based on research in St.

Petersburg that contributed to her book, City of Green Benches: Growing Old in a New Downtown. She is

a professor of anthropology at New College of Florida, where she earned the American Anthropological

Association/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology in

2009. She was a Tampa Bay Times staffer from 1981 to 1993 and served as a trustee of the Poynter

Institute from 1995 to 2015. In 2017 she received the Anthropological Association’s Anthropology in

Media Award, and in 2018 she was elected by the Society for the Anthropology of North America for its

SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. Vesperi is executive

coordinating editor of Anthropology Now and anthronow.com, a journal and website dedicated to

making anthropological research and perspectives accessible to wider audiences. She is a cofounder of

the Society for the Anthropology of North America and founder of its first major publication, North

American Dialogue. In addition to City of Green Benches, her publications include Anthropology off the

Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing, coedited with Alisse Waterston, The Culture of Long-term Care, a

coedited volume of ethnographic research, and contributions to numerous anthologies and journals in

her field. Her current book project compares ethnography and narrative journalism.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020