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Merit Evaluation Form:

Philip W. Scher

Professor of Anthropology


1. Grants, grant-writing, and awards

Grants Awarded:

Merchant-Ivory Foundation Grant (2013-2014)co- PIs: Philip Scher & James harper (Art History). $25,000. (Awarded)

Wenner Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant (2013) PI: Philip Scher. $5000. (Awarded)

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (2011-2012)PI: Philip Scher. $12,700. (Awarded)

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2008-2009) PI: Philip Scher. $43,000. (Awarded)

Fulbright CIES Senior Scholar Fellowship (Barbados) (2008-2009)PI: Philip Scher. $50,000. (Awarded)

Grants Applied For:

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2014) PI: Philip Scher. $54,000. Decision Pending.

National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant (12/9/2014) co PIs: Philip Scher & James Harper (Art History) $150,000. In Preparation.

ACLS Fellowship ( 9/26/2014) PI: Philip Scher. $64,000. In Preparation.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship (9/26/2014) co PIs: Philip Scher & James Harper. $140,000. In Preparation.

ACLS Fellowship (9/20/2008) PI: Philip Scher. $64,000. Denied.

2. Research activity:

Field Work:

2012 (Barbados) 6 weeks field work and data collection on Heritage and education in Barbados.

2008-2009 (Barbados) 1 year field research and data collection.

Conference Presentations:

Past.Tense.: Debating Historical Narratives of Slavery in the Contemporary Caribbean. Society for Applied Anthropology. Albuquerque, NM (March 2014).

Is Heritage a Right or An Obligation? The Past For Sale: The Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage. University of Massachusetts Center for Heritage and Society, Amherst, MA, May 15-17, 2013.

Heritage in the Neighborhood: Local Reactions to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bridgetown, Barbados. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2012.

Uneasy Heritage – Monuments and the Politics of Heritage Tourism in Barbados. Heritage Regimes and the State. DFG Cultural Research Group on Property – Goettingen University, Goettingen, Germany, June 2011.

Monumental Decisions: Public Culture and Heritage in the Caribbean. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 2010.

Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy, Aspen Cultural Diplomacy Forum: Culture in Conflict / Culture on the Move. Cercle de l'Union Interalliée (Paris, France) November 13 – 15, 2008

The Power and Pitfalls of Carnival as Cultural Heritage: Paper presented and seminar discussion (two panels) “Carnival, A People’s Art and Taking Back the Streets.” University of Toronto and York University, Toronto, Canada, August 2008.

3. Publications:

Book (Peer Reviewed):

Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation. (ed.), Oxford: Blackwell Publishers (September 2010).

Journal Publications (Peer Reviewed)

“Heritage Tourism in the Caribbean: Identity and Politics After Neoliberalism.” Bulletin of Latin American Research (Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 7–20, 2011).

“UNESCO Conventions and Culture as a Resource.” Journal of Folklore Research (January-August 2010, pp: 197-203.)

“Monumental Decisions: Statues and the Politics of History in Barbados.” Journal of International Heritage ( Submitted : May: 2014)

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

“The Right to Remain Cultural: Is Culture a Right in the Neoliberal Caribbean?” In Deborah Kapchan (ed.) Cultural Heritage in Transit: Intangible Rights as Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (May, 2014).

“Uneasy Heritage: Ambivalence and Ambiguity in Caribbean Heritage Practices” in Bendix, Regina, Aditya Eggert and Arnika Peselmann (eds.) Heritage and the State. Göttingen Studies inCultural Property. 6. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen. (October, 2012) pp. 79-96

“The Power and Pitfalls of Carnival as Heritage.” In Christopher Innes (ed.) Carnival – Theory and Practice. Trenton: Africa World Press (October, 2012)pp. 153-165.


4. Scheduled teaching: List classes taught since last review (include Spring 2013 to present) with enrollments. List additional scheduled teaching activities and other notes (e.g. regularizations, class improvements, buyouts, etc)

2008-09: On Sabbatical

2009-2010: Fall 2009: No Classes

Winter 2010: Anth 326 SCH 147 x 4 = 588, Anth 493 SCH 40 x 4 = 160 Anth 593 SCH 8 x 4 = 32

Spring 2010, Anth 280 SCH 135 x 4 = 540 , Anth 683 SCH 11 x 5 = 55

Summer 2010, Anth 326 SCH 20 x 4 = 80, Anth 493 SCH 21 x 4 = 84 Anth 593 SCH 8 x 4 = 32


Fall 2010: Anth 199 25 x 1 = 25, Anth 280 94 x 4 = 376, Anth 411 32 x 4 = 128, Anth 511 12 x 4 = 48 ,Anth 615 5 x 2 = 10

Winter 2011: Anth 161 SCH 241 x 4 = 964, Anth 688 SCH 8 x 4= 32

Spring 2011, No Classes

Summer 2011, Anth 114 SCH 49 x 4= 196, Anth 161 SCH 46 x 4= 184, Anth 441 SCH 23 x 4= 92


Fall 2011: Anth 280 103 x 4 = 412, Anth 199 25 x 4 = 100, Anth 615 9 x 2 = 18

Winter 2012: Anth 161 SCH 243 x 4 = 968, Anth 688 SCH 11 x 4= 44

Spring 2012, No Classes- on research leave.

Summer 2012, Anth 114 SCH 42 x 4= 168, Anth 114 (online) SCH 29 x 4= 116,


Fall 2012: Anth 326 114 x 4= 456, Anth 493 27 x 4 = 108 , Anth 593 9 x 4=36

Winter 2013: Anth 114: 200x4=800, Anth 689 9x4=36,

Spring 2013: No Classes Taught


Fall 2013: Anth 411 2 0x4=80, Anth 511 5x4=20

Winter 2014: Anth 161 30 x 4=120,

Spring 2014: Anth 114, 300x4= 1200, Anth 683 6x4=24, CAS 130 25 x 4=100

5. Unscheduled teaching

Ph. D. Dissertations

Underway Samantha King, Untitled (Chair)

Underway Jonathon Turbin, Untitled (Chair)

Underway Patrick Hayden, Untitled (Chair)

Underway Robert Dobler, Untitled (Chair)

2014 Angela Montague, Contested Nation, Global Space: Tourism and the Politics of Heritage in Mali (Chair)

2011 Ian Edwards, The Social Life of Wild-Things: Negotiated Wildlife in Mali, West Africa (Chair)

2011 Aaron Greer, Imagined Futures: Interpretation, Imagination, and Discipline in Hindu Trinidad (Chair)

2010 Joshua Fisher, No Alternative: Participation, Inequality, and the Meanings of Fair Trade in Nicaragua (Member)

2010 Leela Tanikella (U. of Texas). (Outside Member)

2009 Melissa Baird, The Politics of Place: Heritage, Identity, and the Epistemologies of Cultural Landscapes (Member)

2008 Ulrick Casimir (English). (Outside Member)

M.A. Theses

2012 Samantha King, The Problem of Women's Work: Dichotomies, Dialectics, and Difference at the Intersection of Gender and Agriculture. A Case Study from the Commonwealth of Dominica (Primary Advisor)

Undergraduate Honors Papers

2013 Christopher Osip (Honors College). The Application of Anthropology in the Advertising Industry (Primary Advisor)

2011 Hannah Carr (honors College). U.S. Aid to Haiti: Dollars to the Duvaliers 1957-1986 (Primary Advisor)

2010 Kathryn Hulse (Honors College). Female Sexual Tourism in the Caribbean (Secondary Advisor)

2010 Danielle Towne (Honors College). Censorship in the Media during Wartime Under the Bush and Obama Administrations (Secondary Advisor)


2013: Amy McComb: Vietnam

2014: Laura Nausieda: Malaysia


6. Service:

Department: Director of Undergraduate Studies (2008) Graduate Studies Committee, Director of Graduate Studies (2010-2012), Graduate Awards Committee Chair (2012-13)

University: Dean’s Advisory Committee (2013-14), College Advisor (2007-present).

Professional Service:

Memberships: American Anthropological Association, American Folklore Society, American Ethnological Society, Caribbean Studies Association, International Council of Museums, Society for Applied Anthropology, Society for Caribbean and Latin American Anthropology

Book Manuscript Review: University of Chicago Press, School of American Research Press, University of British Columbia Press

Journal Article Review, Book Review:

New West Indian Guide, Anthropological Quarterly (Editorial Board), Caribbean Studies Newsletter, Wadabagei Journal of Caribbean Literature, City and Society (journal) Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Current Anthropology, Ethnos, Journal of Folklore Research, Environment and Planning A, Anthropos, Journal of Folklore Research, Visual Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Tsantsa, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, Island Dynamics,.

Grant Review: NEH Summer Stipend Review Panel, NSF Cultural Anthropology Review Panel.Editorial/Advisory Board:

Any other information you wish the Committee to Consider: David M. & Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar Award (2013-2016)

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