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Professor Anita Waters has been at Denison since 1992, has a B.A. from Mary Washington College (Sociology and German Literature) and a M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D.(Sociology) from Columbia University in New York. Her interests are in race and ethnicity, popular music, political activism, and Caribbean society.
"My research interests concern the role
that ideas and beliefs, especially those that coincide with
ethnic group membership, play in shaping social and political
action. In my dissertation research, I explored the question
of why politicians in Jamaica chose to use Rastafarian
symbols and reggae music in electoral campaigns (Race,
Class and Political Symbols, Transaction Press, 1985). I
have since published research articles about conspiracy theories in
African-American political culture (in The Journal of
Black Studies) and the uses that Jamaican politicians make of historical
narratives (in Caribbean Quarterly). My most recent
projects are an examination of the way post-colonial Jamaica
has revised its historical narratives and a study of heritage
tourism development and unofficial community history in Port
Royal, Jamaica. I have recently turned my attention to the Somali immigrant community's experiences in Columbus, Ohio."