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Christine Kray

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4686
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Christine Kray

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Bio

A political anthropologist, Christine Kray’s research has focused on the Yucatec Maya of Belize and Mexico, and she uses ethnographic, oral historical, and archival methods to critically examine colonialism, war, religion, and evangelization. She is currently examining the dynamics of alliance, competition, and military conflict among Maya residents, British mahogany companies, and the British Honduran colonial government in the 19th century (during the Caste War) and into the 20th. In addition, she is utilizing social theory to examine rhetoric, ritual, and performance in U.S. presidential politics. 

585-475-4686

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

ANTH-201
3 Credits
This course explores the politics and poetics of writing about society and culture. Writing is a form of power, in that our representations of people influence the way that others think about and act toward them. The way that social researchers write is therefore shot through with ethical implications and weighty decisions. Critical issues include whether people are objectified, cast as wholly Other, culture-bound or creative, out of the past or coeval, racialized or of a common humanity, problematic or multifaceted, passive or agentive, mystified or perceptive, and mechanical or extraordinary. Writing about society and culture is also poetic. We can convey something of people's life experiences, thoughts, agency, and the constraints within which they lead their lives. How well we do so depends upon our ethical reflexivity and attention to the poetics of language. In this course, we will consider these ethical questions, read experimental texts, and discuss how writing style implicitly conveys social theory.
ANTH-335
3 Credits
This course introduces cultures of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean in the context of political and economic forces that have shaped them. We examine Spanish and Portuguese colonialism and its modern-day legacies, including ethnic inequalities, economic vulnerability, and social unrest. We look at how art, music, and literature have engaged critically with the forces of fascism, revolution, socialism, dictatorship, and neo-colonialism. We consider indigenous activism, religious diversity, changing experiences and expectations of women and men, rebellion and revolution, impacts of and creative responses to globalization, and Latinos in the U.S.
ANTH-245
3 Credits
The world’s cultural diversity is most vividly and dynamically displayed through ritual and festival. Ritual is anything but superfluous; rather, some of the most important work of culture is accomplished through the performance of ritual. Through cross-cultural comparison, by way of readings and films, we explore the following dimensions of ritual: symbols, embodiment, emotion, discipline, contestation of tradition and authenticity, and the orchestration of birth, childhood socialization, gender, maturation, marriage, community, hierarchy, world renewal, and death. Written expression is enhanced through drafting, revision, and peer review.
SOCI-302
3 Credits
Learning about social and cultural groups is a complex and ethically sensitive process. We explore common qualitative research methods for social and cultural research. We evaluate the utility of such methods for different purposes and contexts, including cross-cultural contexts. We consider common ethical dilemmas in research with human subjects, the ethical responsibilities of researchers, and common techniques for minimizing risks to subjects.
ANTH-302
3 Credits
Learning about social and cultural groups is a complex and ethically sensitive process. We explore common qualitative research methods for social and cultural research. We evaluate the utility of such methods for different purposes and contexts, including cross-cultural contexts. We consider common ethical dilemmas in research with human subjects, the ethical responsibilities of researchers, and common techniques for minimizing risks to subjects.
SOCI-498
0 - 16 Credits
Students will apply the accumulated knowledge, theory, and methods of the discipline to problem solving outside of the classroom. The Practicum may consist of internship, study abroad, or archaeological or ethnographic field school (consisting of at least 160 hours, completed over at least 4 weeks).

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Published Review
Kray, Christine A. Rev. of Telling and Being Told: Storytelling and Cultural Control in Contemporary Yucatec Maya Literatures, by Paul M. Worley. Journal of American Folklore 2017: 130 (516): 223-225. Print.
Kray, Christine. Rev. of Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis, by John D. Early. Journal of Anthropological Research 2013: 69:584-585. Print.
Book Chapter
Church, Minette C., Jason Yaeger, and Christine A. Kray. "Re-Centering the Narrative: British Colonial Memory and the San Pedro Maya." Archaeologies of the British in Latin America. Ed. Charles E. Orser, Jr.. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, 2019. 73-97. Print.
Kray, Christine A. "A Renaissance of Feminist Ritual: Susan B. Anthony's Gravesite on Election Day." Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Ed. Christine A. Kray, Tamar W. Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018. 248-263. Print.
Kray, Christine A., Minette C. Church, and Jason Yaeger. "Designs on/of the Land: Competing Visions, Displacement, and Landscape Memory in British Colonial Honduras." Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Politics of Cultural Continuity in the Americas. Ed. Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutierrez. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2017. 53-77. Print.
Kray, Christine A. "A God for the Poor: Folk Catholicism and Social Justice Among the Yucatec Maya." Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Ed. Michael D. Palmer and Stanley M. Burgess. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell, 2012. 373-387. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Kray, Christine A. "“Before you put an ‘I Voted’ Sticker on Susan B. Anthony’s Grave, Remember she was a Racist”: Trumpian Abjection and the Stickiness of White Feminism." 2019 Feminist-Pragmatist Colloquium. St. John Fisher College. Rochester, NY. 15 Nov. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "Writing against Culture: Dramatizing the Caste War in British Honduras." Annual meetings. American Society for Ethnohistory. State College, PA. 27 Sep. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "Crosses, Burned Churches, and Kidnapped Priests: Ambivalent Maya Catholics in 19th-century British Honduras." Annual meetings. Society for American Archaeology. Albuquerque, NM. 12 Apr. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "A Renaissance of Feminist Ritual: Susan B. Anthony’s Grave on Election Day." Conference on “The Uses and Abuses of History in the Trump Era”. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 28 Mar. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. and Tamar W. Carroll. "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election." Invited webinar for Rochester Institute of Technology alumni. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 9 Jan. 2019. Address.
Kray, Christine A. "’Before you put an ‘I Voted’ Sticker on Susan B. Anthony’s Grave, Remember she was a Racist’: Sticky Imagery in the New Women’s Movement." American Anthropological Association annual conference. American Anthropological Association. San Jose, CA. 26 Nov. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "A Renaissance of Feminist Ritual: Susan B. Anthony’s Gravesite on Election Day." National Women's Studies Association annual conference. National Women's Studies Association. Atlanta, GA. 8 Nov. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "’Before you put an ‘I Voted’ Sticker on Susan B. Anthony’s Grave, Remember she was a Racist’: Sticky Imagery in the New Women’s Movement." American Ethnological Society annual meeting. American Ethnological Society. Philadelphia, PA. 24 Mar. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Church, Minette C., Christine A. Kray, and Jason Yaeger. "“An Indian Nation, whose Object Appears to be to Obtain Both from Britain and Mexico, the Recognition of her Independence”: International Diplomacy, Trade, and the Maya of San Pedro." Society for Historic Archaeology annual conference. Society for Historic Archaeology. New Orleans, LA. 5 Jan. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "A Renaissance of Feminist Ritual: Susan B. Anthony’s Gravesite on Election Day." American Anthropological Association annual conference. American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC. 29 Nov. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "The Yucatec Maya Bible: “Piercing as Far as the Division of Soul and Spirit”." Symposium on American Indian Languages. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 22 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "Seeing Like a Colony: Overdetermining Dominion and Removal in British Honduras." American Society for Ethnohistory annual meeting. American Society for Ethnohistory. Nashville, TN. 11 Nov. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A., Tamar W. Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historical Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election." National Organization for Women, annual meeting of the New York chapter. National Organization for Women. Rochester, NY. 18 Nov. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A., Tamar Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historical Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election." Rochester United States History Workshop. Strong Museum. Rochester, NY. 27 Oct. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Kray, Christine A., Tamar Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historical Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election." VoteTilla. National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Pittsford, NY. 20 Jul. 2017. Address.
Kray, Christine A., Minette C. Church, and Jason Yaeger. "Ambivalent Colonialisms: Fear and Disquiet in British Honduras, 19th-20th Centuries." Annual meetings. American Anthropological Association. Denver, CO. 20 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "On Ever-Shifting Ground: Internal Exiles in British Honduras; Immigrants, Tenants, Evictees, and Reservations." Conable Conference in International Studies. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 3 Apr. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "Distaste, Disgust, Disease, and "Indian Corn": Failed Food Policy in Depression-Era British Honduras." Annual meetings. American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC. 6 Dec. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "Pentecostal Tears: A Micro-Ethnography of Religious Feeling." Annual meetings. American Anthropological Association. Chicago, IL. 20 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A., Minette C. Church, and Jason Yaeger. "Revisiting Evenemential History: Maya Land Use in Colonial British Honduras." Annual meetings. Society for American Archaeology. Memphis, TN. 20 Apr. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Kray, Christine A. "Of Progress and Delicious Regress: Technology and Eating Locally in the 21st Century." Conable Conference in International Studies. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 25 Mar. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Full Length Book
Kray, Christine A., Tamar W. Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018. Print.
Invited Paper
Carroll, Tamar W., Christine A. Kray, and Hinda Mandell. "Public Memory and Reproductive Justice in the Trump Era." Nursing Clio. (2018). Web.
Kray, Christine A., Hinda Mandell, and Tamar W. Carroll. "Republican Women Are Just Fine, Thank You, with Being Republican." The Conversation. (2018). Web.
Kray, Christine A., Tamar W. Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: An Interview with Its Editors." Proofed: A Boydell & Brewer blog. (2018). Web.
Published Article
Kray, Christine A. "Of Circulation and Colonialism: Exports, Imports, Evictions, and Immigrants in Colonial British Honduras." Annual meetings. American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, LA. 20 Nov. 2010. Conference Presentation.