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April 15, 2013

SUNY Oneonta prof recognized with award

A SUNY Oneonta professor honored for academic excellence will discuss his work in a lecture on Thursday. 

Brian Haley, associate professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at SUNY Oneonta, has been awarded the college’s 2013 Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. He will deliver the annual Susan Sutton Smith Lecture, titled “Unexpected Histories: Hippies, Hopis, and Ammon Hennacy” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Craven Lounge of the college’s Morris Conference Center.

A hearty hors d’oeuvre reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public. 

According to a media release, Haley joined the faculty at the State University College at Oneonta in 2000. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Haley’s teaching and research address “how ethnic, racial and national identities form and change; the social and cultural consequences of capitalist agriculture, Mexican immigration, globalization and tourism; and the application of anthropology to practical issues such as immigration, heritage management and ethnic relations,” the release said.

Haley has conducted ethnographic research in rural communities in California recently made multiethnic by Mexican farm worker immigration, ethnohistorical research on the original Spanish colonists of California and their descendants, and ethnohistorical and archaeological research on Navajo and Chumash American Indian communities in Arizona and California. 

Haley’s most recent book is, “Reimagining the Immigrant: The Accommodation of Mexican Immigrants in Rural America,” published in 2009 by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. Haley is the 19th recipient of this prize, which is made possible by an endowment created by Thomas and Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.

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