Affiliated Institutions

Art Center College of Design

My practice includes experimental writing, performative ethnography, and media exploration of knowledge production. Specialties are urban ethnography, children and childhood, autoethnography, social inequality, both in the US and in Haiti. I also work on Haitian folkloric dance and the legacy of Katherine Dunham.

Areas of Research

children, race, dance


2014 Chin, Elizabeth, Ed. Katherine Dunham:Recovering an Anthropological Legacy, Choreographing Ethnographic Futures. Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press, 2014

Chin, Elizabeth “Michael Jackson’s Panther Dance: Double Consciousness and the Uncanny Business of Performing While Black” Journal of Popular Music Studies, special issue on Michael Jackson.23 (1): 58-74. 2011.

Chin, Elizabeth “The Consumer Diaries, or, Autoethnography in the Inverted World,” Journal of Consumer Culture, 7(3):335-353. 2007.

Chin, Elizabeth. “Confessions of a Negrophile,” Transforming Anthropology 14(1): 48-56. 2006.

Chin, Elizabeth. Diary Excerpts “Shopping in Ikea” and “Capitalism Makes Me Sick,” New Review of Literature, 2(1):123-138. 2005.

Chin, Elizabeth. “Diary Excerpts: How to Teach Commodity Fetishism and My Grandmother’s Rings” New Review of Literature 1(2) April, pp. 167-182. 2005.

Chin, Elizabeth. “Ethnically Correct Dolls: Toying with the Race Industry.” American Anthropologist 101(2):305-321. 1999.

Chin, Elizabeth. “Barbie Sex Videos: Making Sense of Children’s Media-making” in Doll Studies: The Meaning of Toys and Girls’ Play Miriam Forman-Brunell, ed. New York: Peter Lang. 2014.

Chin, Elizabeth. The Neoliberal Institutional Review Board” in Feminist Activist Ethnography and Neoliberalism, Dana-Ain Davis and Christa Craven, eds. Lexington Books. 2014.

Chin, Elizabeth. Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press 2001.


Los Angeles, CA, United States

Collaboration with Homeless youth in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

Ongoing collaboration between students in my program and youth clients of Jovenes, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services for homeless youth.


Culture of Folkloric Dance

Cultural exploration of history and practice of Vodou ritual dance in Haiti with special interest in connections to politics of everyday life.