Kevin Caffrey

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Phone: 607-274-3327
Office: G125

Prior to taking up a position as Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Program at Ithaca College, Kevin Caffrey was the Director of the McNair Scholars Program and a Faculty member in The University of North Texas Honors College.  Before that, he taught anthropology, Asian Studies, social theory, politics and the environment, ethnic/religious conflict, and other topics at Harvard University, American University, George Washington University, and The University of Chicago.  While earning a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, he conducted several years of ethnographic fieldwork in southwestern China and its highland Southeast Asian frontiers.  His ethnographic focus is on the Chinese Muslim Hui people of that region and their interlocutors, with particular emphasis on their stigma and stereotyping as a “dangerous” people.  He has also written on mass sport in the P.R.C., Chinese soft power, and U.S. counterinsurgency.  His general research interests continue to include China and Highland Southeast Asia, but he also recently began a U.S.-based research project on American gun culture.