Michel S. Laguerre, Ph.D., in Social Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Professor of Anthropology/Afro-American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a visiting scholar in the anthropology department at Harvard University in 1991-2 and in the program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2001-2. In 1994-5, he held at UC Berkeley the Barbara Weinstock Lectureship on the Morals of Trade. He has published several books among them, 'American Odyssey', (Cornell University Press, 1984), 'Urban Poverty in the Caribbean: French Martinique as a Social Laboratory', (Macmillan, 1990), 'The Military and Society in Haiti', (University of Tennessee Press, 1993); 'The Informal City', (Macmillan, 1994); 'Minoritized Space: An Inquiry into the Spatial Order of Things', (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 1999); 'Diasporic Citizenship: Haitian Americans in Transnational America', (Macmillan, 1998); and 'The Global Ethnopolis: Chinatown, Japantown and Manilatown in American Society', (Macmillan Press, 2000). His 'Diasporic Globalization: Transnational Politics, Ethnic Lobbies and the Micropolitics of Dediasporization' is forthcoming. He is completing a volume on 'The Digital City: Information Technology and Globalization in Silicon Valley'. His areas of academic interest include contemporary social theory, information technology, diaspora studies, transnational citizenship, multiculturalism, globalization, multinational family organization, and urban studies.
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