Cultural Anthropology

Elizabeth (Lissa) Crane

PhD Student
Advisor: Louisa Schein
Program: Cultural Anthropology (CITE)

Research Interests: philanthropy; critical humanitarian studies; gender;
feminist anthropology; U.S.; China

I study contemporary philanthropy in two different contexts: women’s/feminist philanthropy based in the U.S. (but often with global reach); and Chinese social philanthropy.  In both cases, my research focuses on conceptualizations of “effective” philanthropy and the development of “best practices,” as well as on the role played by affective and instrumental donor-recipient relationships in the distribution of philanthropic gifts.


Departmental Chair
Craig S. Feibel

Graduate Director
Erin Vogel
Fall 2019 office hours: Monday 2-4

Graduate Assistant
Safiena Salaman