About Barbara Babcock Ph.D.
Ph.D., 1975, University of Chicago
Barbara Babcock is a Regents Professor of English and former Director, now Graduate Advisor of the Program in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies at The University of Arizona with a joint appointment in American Indian Studies. She has been affiliated with the university for twenty years and in those two decades, she has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous publications on southwestern anthropology, on the invention of the Southwest, and Pueblo art and culture, notably The Pueblo Storyteller: Development of a Figurative Ceramic Tradition (1986), Daughters of the Desert: Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest (1988), Inventing the Southwest: Region as Commodity (1990), Pueblo Mothers and Children: Essays by Elsie Clews Parsons, 1915-1924 (1991), Bodylore (1994), and The Great Southwest of the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad (1996). Since 1982, Babcock has also been consultant or guest curator for four major exhibits on southwestern Native American culture. She is presently completing Stories Told in Clay, a study of the art and experience of Helen Cordero, and Mudwomen and Whitemen, a collection of critical essays on the politics of representation, in addition to editing Elsie Clews Parsons' unpublished personal essays about her first years of Pueblo fieldwork In the Southwest. In the last decade, her essays on the problematic of women writing culture and representing others have been published and reprinted in at least six journals and fourteen edited volumes, most recently Lamphere et al., eds. Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life (1997). Babcock mentors Native American doctoral students enrolled in CCLS, is a member of the Red Ink editorial advisory board, and teaches English/Anthropology/CCLS/AIS 549A which is a core requirement choice for the M.A. and Ph.D.