Hillary Jeanne Haldane

Hillary Jeanne Haldane

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director of Anthropology

BA, San Diego State University; MA, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara

College of Arts & Sciences 1  337


AN 101(UC) Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology   -   Fall 2015
AN 330The Anthropology of Gender-Based Violence   -   Fall 2015
WS 300Special Topics   -   Fall 2015


Dr. Haldane is a medical anthropologist with expertise in the fields of gender-based violence, indigenous rights, and the culture concept. She became interested in anthropology, and specifically the cultures of the South Pacific, when her family moved to Aotearoa New Zealand from California in 1982. (If you are from Stokes Valley, get in touch! Tawhai Forever!) Since 1997 she has conducted research in Dunedin, Auckland and Christchurch, examining the bicultural [Maori and Tauiwi]/multicultural [Maori, Pasifika, Pakeha, Asian, MELAA] provisioning of services to survivors of violence, with a theoretical focus on the culture concept. Aotearoa means the "land of the long white cloud" and Maori share a linguistic history with peoples in the Eastern Pacific stretching far north to the islands of Hawai'i. Dr. Haldane has studied anthropology at San Diego State University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin, University of Sussex (England), and University of Otago (New Zealand). Dr. Haldane's current focus is on the relationship between "natural disasters" and gender-based violence in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. She conducted fieldwork on this project in 2011 and 2013, and will conduct further ethnographic work on this project in 2014-2015.

Courses Taught

Dr Haldane teaches the following courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Anthropology of Health and Medicine; Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender/Sex/Sexuality; Anthropology of Development; Ethnographic Theory and Practice; Anthropology of Gender-Based Violence; and Anthropology of Morocco.

Anthropology Program Information

The Anthropology Program at Quinnipiac consists of three faculty members including Dr. Haldane. Dr. Jaime Ullinger is a biological anthropologist who specializes in the history of human health, analyzing skeletal and dental remains of past populations in the Near East. Dr. Ullinger is also Co-Director of the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac. Dr. Julia Giblin is an archaeological anthropologist who specializes in questions of prehistoric human subsistence and settlement in Eastern Europe using isotopic analysis.

Anthropology at Quinnipiac University

Anthropology is rapidly growing at Quinnipiac University. When Dr. Haldane first arrived on the campus in 2007, she was the only full-time anthropologist on campus. At the start of 2013, Quinnipiac now has six faculty members and administrators at Quinnipiac who hold PhDs in anthropology. In addition to Drs. Giblin, Haldane and Ullinger, the affiliated faculty include Dr. Diane Stock, a paleoanthropologist, the current Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Drs. Richard Gonzalez and Lynn Copes are biological anthropologists on the faculty of the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. In addition to full-time faculty, the Anthropology Program also has two incredible part-time faculty members, Luc Litwinionek and Frank Crohn. The Program has collaborative ties to the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University, co-directed by Dr. Ullinger in the Anthropology Program and Professors Ronald Beckett and Gerald Conlogue in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging in the School of Health Sciences.

Community / Practive Activities

Public Anthropology outreach: recent letter to the editor and interview with WPKN

Letter to the Editor, New York Times

Between the Lines

US News and World Report

New Haven Register

Holistic Approach to Gender Violence

A holistic approach recognizes that violence exists on a continuum. While ranking forms of abuse as moderate or severe is a useful categorization for service provision (i.e., clinic andpsycho-social responses within the health sector; civil or criminal charges in the legal sector)the holistic perspective sees all forms of abuse qualitatively impacting the economic, social,cultural, and political wellbeing of individuals, communities and nation-states. Importantly,when states begin to recognize that violence against women comes in myriad forms and relates to other forms of discrimination and inequity in society, this allows for new opportunities for improving the wellbeing and livelihood of a citizenry. Violence against women is not the root problem in most societies; violence against women occurs becauseother forms of discrimination are allowed to flourish.

All Publications

All publications are available on www.academia.edu Search for "Hillary Haldane"

Curriculum Vitae

ANEW: Anthropology Nerds Explore the World

ANEW: Anthropology Nerds Explore the World is the unofficial blog of the Anthropology Program. Faculty and students contribute to this work in progress.


Teaching Evaluation Scores

These are the scores from all the courses I've taught at Quinnipiac since Fall 2007.

Course Evaluation Scores

Current Research

For 2014-2015 I have a number of projects I'm working on. 1. I'm continuing my long-term fieldwork in Aotearoa New Zealand, investigating the cultural context of gender-based violence, specifically focusing on the post-earthquake experience. 2. I am member of a research team to provide evidence of best practices to prevent and treat gender-based violence, drawing upon international research and responses, which will inform the New Zealand government's policies for ending violence. 3. I am a member of the American Anthropological Association's research team to investigate sexual violence and sexual harassment experienced by AAA members. 4. I am collaborating with my colleague Jennifer Wies on our second volume about frontline workers in gender-based violence fields; and on a chapter on marital rape for a book edited by our colleagues Kersti Yllo and Gabriela Torres.