Brad Weiss   


I’m Brad Weiss Professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA.  I received my PhD in 1992, from the University of Chicago.  In my research, I have undertaken a number of different ethnographic and historical projects, from a study of urban Tanzanian popular culture, to my current work on heritage breed pig production and consumption in the United States. 

    In spite of the diverse places and topics I’ve worked on, I think all of my work asks about similar questions.  I’m interested in PLACES - what makes a place recognizable and important to us? How is it organized? What draws us to places?

    Asking these questions leads me to ask about VALUE.  What does it mean to value people, objects, relationships, and places?  How do different ways of valuing the world stand in relationship to each other? In my view, this is one of the most fundamental social and political problems we face: how do we define what counts as valuable? Who gets to make that determination? Who gets excluded - and what happens to their alternative understandings of value?