Annegret Staiger Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

May 11, 2024

Clarkson University Professor of Anthropology Annegret D. Staiger has been named professor emeritus for 23 years of exemplary service to the University. Formal recognition took place at commencement on May 11.

Headshot, Annagret Staiger

Staiger teaches courses on race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and Europe. She was instrumental in establishing the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor and the Gender and Sexuality professional concentration for majors in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Her research interests are in race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice. She has done extensive ethnographic research on schooling in the U.S., gender, agriculture in Mexico, and the sex industry in Germany. She is recognized internationally as a leading expert.

Staiger’s research has appeared in multiple publications and she has been an invited speaker and presented at numerous conferences in the United States and Europe.

She has published two books: Legal Prostitution in Germany: Inside the New Mega Brothels and Learning Difference: Race and Schooling in the Multiracial Metropolis.

Staiger's article "Whiteness as Giftedness: Racial Formation at an Urban High School" became an important contribution to understanding systemic racism and the construction of whiteness in schooling. It was published in Social Problems and republished in Germany. 

In 2014-2015, she received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for research and teaching at the University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Staiger served the Humanities and Social Sciences department on several committees and at the University level she served on committees doing work on gender and diversity issues, as well as serving on the Faculty Senate. She was also the co-founder of the annual Gender and Sexuality Conference of the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley.

She received her Ph.D. and master of arts degrees in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a degree in biology from Universität Göttingen, Germany.

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