Sally Cooper Cole
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Concordia University

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. 1988, Anthropology, University of Toronto

M.A. 1982, Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

B.Sc. 1975, Anthropology, Trent University


gender, development, history of anthropology, feminist ethnography,

life writing, Brazil, Portugal

Research Areas:

1) Gender and Development: Current research (2000-ongoing) on women and democratization is a case study of local government and grassroots community-building in Ceará, NE Brazil. Earlier studies were based on field research in Portugal (1984-5; 1988; 1992) and among Portuguese immigrants in Canada (1990-93).

2) History of Anthropology: through a case study of the life and writing of Boasian anthropologist Ruth Landes (1908-1991), this research, based on archival research and textual analysis, explores the early ethnography of ‘race’ and ‘gender’ in twentieth century Americanist anthropology;

3) Feminist theory in anthropology


Books, Authored

Women of the Praia: Work and Lives in a Portuguese Coastal Community.

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991 [translated into Portuguese as Mulheres da Praia: O trabalho e a vida numa comunidade costeira portuguesa. Lisbon: Publicações Dom Quixote, 1994]

Books, Edited

Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights (co-edited with Rae Bridgman and Heather Howard-Bobiwash) Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1999.

The Ojibwa Woman [by Ruth Landes, 1938] edited with introduction by Sally Cole, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

Ethnographic Feminisms: Essays in Anthropology (co-edited with Lynne Phillips). Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1995.

The City of Women [by Ruth Landes, orig. pub. 1947] edited with introduction by Sally Cole, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1994.

Selected Journal Articles and Chapters in Books

Reconstituting Households, Retelling Culture: Emigration and Portuguese Fisheries Workers in Canada. In Transgressing Borders: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Households and Culture S. Ilcan and L. Phillips,eds. Westport, CT: Bergen and Garvey, 1998: 75-92.

Género e família na construção das identidades portuguesas no Canadá. Antropológicas, 1: 3-19, 1997

Ruth Landes and the Early Ethnography of Race and Gender. In Women Writing Culture. R. Behar and D. Gordon, eds. pp. 166-185. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Women's Stories and Boasian Texts: The Ojibwa Ethnography of Ruth Landes and Maggie Wilson. Anthropologica 38: 3-25, 1995

Anthropological Lives: The Reflexive Tradition in a Social Science. In Essays in Life Writing: From Genre to Critical Practice. M. Kadar, ed., pp. 112-127. University of Toronto Press, 1992 (awarded the 1992 ACQL Gabrielle Roy Prize)

Manuscript in Progress

Engendering the History of Anthropology: The Ethnography of Ruth Landes

Recent External Research Grants:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, SSHRCC (1999-2003) “Women, Households and Rural Community-Building: Local and Global Contexts in a Brazilian Case Study”

SSHRCC (1993- 1998) "Studies in the History of Race and Gender Theory in Anthropology"

SSHRCC (1990-1993) "The Two Nazarés: A Comparison of Family and Household in Portuguese and Portuguese Canadian Fishing Communities"

The Research Institute for the Study of Man, New York (1992)"The Life and Work of Ruth Landes"

Academic Awards:

1997 Ontario Historical Society Riddell Award for the best article published anywhere on a topic in Ontario history during the year 1997 for “Dear Ruth: This is the Story of Maggie Wilson, Ojibwa Ethnologist” published in Great Dames. Elspeth Cameron and Janice Dickin McGinnis, eds. pp. 75-96. Toronto: University of Toronto Press , 1997


Co-Editor (with Jean-Guy Goulet, Université Saint-Paul), Anthropologica (the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne d’anthropologie), 1998-2002