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

Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology
College of Arts & Sciences 1  337


AN 101(UC) Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology   -   Fall 2015
AN 101(UC) Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology   -   Spring 2016
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 way frontline workers translate national plans to end violence into their localized, quotidian labor. She has proposed to carry out this research in Australia in 2016-2017.

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.

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 2015-2016 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 starting a new research project looking at frontline workers' perspectives of the national plan to end violence in Australia. 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 a meta-analysis of the use of GBV terms in anthropological publications.


Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence (2011) Vanderbilt University Press; Applying Anthropology to Gender-Based Violence: Global Responses, Local Practices (2015) Lexington Books; Aotearoa Intersections: Maori Rights and Gender-Based Violence (current book project)