Zachary T. Androus, PhD: Anthropologist

Zachary T. Androus, PhD

My current research is focused on urban ethnography in Florence, Italy. Other interests include non-state language and postcolonial theory, especially as applied to the European territory, contemporary Italy, non-state nationalist movements, Indigenous history and politics, and theories of gender and the body. I hold a BA (1997) and MA (2002) in Anthropology from the University of Montana and a PhD (2010) in Anthropology with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice from American University in Washington, DC. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and have lived in Florence, Italy since 2006. My hobbies include playing music and making jewelry. You can reach my by email to


“We Sing, We Fight, Hoping for the Nation”: Ethnographic Perspectives on Music as a Protagonist of Corsican Nationalism. Presented September 2016 at NISE Protagonists of National Movements Workshop, Institute of Political Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Free to Destroy Everything: Mass Tourism and Urban Change in Florence, Italy. Presented July 2016 at the 4th Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities, Heritage in Transition: Scenes of Urban Innovation, Ermopoulis, Hellenic Republic.

Sovereign or Suppressed? Island Nations in Europe and the Pacific (co-authored with Neyooxet Greymorning). Presented at Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland), Nuuk, Greenland, October 2015.

Illuminating Race in Gendered Approaches to Female Genital Mutilation and Male Circumcision: Using Ethnographic Perspectives to Analyse International Policies. Public lecture delivered March 2014 for the Gender, Race, and Sexuality Working Group, European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy.

Reclaiming True Play: A Local Movement Against Mass-Market Football in Florence, Italy. Presented at Games of Late Modernity: Huizinga’s Homo Ludens 75 Years Later, Leusden, Netherlands, January 2014.

International Faculty Working for University Programs Abroad: Preliminary Results from a Qualitative Survey (co-authored with Scott Blair). Presented May 2013 at Human Resources and Capital Development in Education Abroad Conference, Syracuse University and Gonzaga University, Florence, Italy.

Experiential Learning During Study Abroad in Florence, Italy. Presented September 2011 at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for International Education, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Alma Artis: Conversazione tra antropologia e gioiello, tra passato e futuro. Discussant, Inaugural Roundtable for Florence Design Week, May 2010, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, Italy.

“We Are the Last True Artisans”: Traditional Craftspeople in a Changing World. Presented November 2010 at The Myth of Florence: Conflict of Identities in a Changing Urban Landscape. Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici, Florence, Italy.

Making Males Into Men: U.S. Circumcision and the Embodiment of Gender
Presented May 2009 at Symposium: Anthropology of Men, Masculinities, Health, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany.

Ethnography in the Cyberspace of Sexuality: Participant Observation Among the Online Erotic Circumcision Community
Poster Presented at The Future of Sexuality Research: From Methodology to Social Policy Innovation
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Bloomington, IN April 2007

Anthropology and Circumcision: Why So Us and Them?
Presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
San Jose, CA November 2006

When Engagement is Not Activism: Dilemmas of Public Anthropology on Infant Circumcision in the U.S.
Presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, DC November 2005

The United States, FGM, and Global Rights to Bodily Integrity
Presented at the Rothermere American Institute
Conference on The United States and Global Human Rights
Oxford University November 2004


“Critiquing the SNIJ Hypothesis with Corsica and Hawaii.” (Co-authored with Neyooxet Greymorning.) Island Studies Journal 11(2):forthcoming, Nov. 2016.

“Critiquing Circumcision: In Search of A New Paradigm for Conceptualizing Genital Modification” Global Discourse 3(2):266-280, 2013.

“Cultural Relativism at Home and Abroad: An American Anthropologist Confronts the Genital Modification of Children”. In Circumcision and Human Rights, George C. Denniston, Frederick M. Hodges, and Marilyn Fayre Milos, eds., pp. 33-41. 2009. Springer.

“Fitting in and Getting Off: Adult Elective Circumcision in the United States”. In Circumcision and Human Rights, George C. Denniston, Frederick M. Hodges, and Marilyn Fayre Milos, eds., pp. 141-147. 2009. Springer.

“Why Not Laws Against MGM/FGM? An Anthropological Perspective.” Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Newsletter 5(3):3-4, Winter 2006-2007.

“The Focus That Blurs: Deconstructing the Body in Anthropology and Social Science” (co-authored with Noel Gazzano) In No Body Decoration: Research Jewelry as A Redefinition of the Human Body, Maria Cristina Bergesio, ed.2006: Le Arte Orafi: Firenze.

"Beefsteak for Solidarity": A Chance Encounter with Globalization
Anthropology News, May 2006

Female Genital Cutting: A Sociological Analysis (Review of Female Genital Cutting by Elizabeth Heger Boyle)
International Journal of Human Rights Iss. 9 Vol. 4, December 2005