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Derek Pardue

PhD, Associate Professor

Research Interests

Urban expressive culture, creolization and migration, citizenship and identification practices, hip hop and youth culture


Geographical Focus

Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, urban housing projects and improvised residences


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Aarhus University (2014- )

Visiting Assistant Professor, Federal University of São Paulo, São Carlos (2014)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University (2014)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University and Southern Connecticut State

            University (2013-2014)

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Campinas (2010)

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Area Studies,

              Washington University in St. Louis (2006-2013)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Union College (2004-06)

Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2002-2004)



    2004   PhD, Cultural Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    1996   Master of Music in Ethnomusicology, University of Texas, Austin

    1993   Music theory and composition studies,

               San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    1991   Bachelor of Arts in German Literature,

               University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Grant Awards

    2014 FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Grant),

             Federal University in São Carlos

    2011 Common Ground Project, Course Development Grant,

             Washington University

    2010 FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Grant),

             University of Campinas, Brazil

    2009 Faculty Research Grant. Washington University.

    2008 International Area Fellowship. Washington University.

    2007 International Area Fellowship. Washington University.

    2003 Beslow Academic Fellowship. University of Illinois,


    2002 Graduate College On-Campus Dissertation Research Grants.

             University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    2002 Wenner-Gren Foundation for

             Anthropological Research Dissertation Fieldwork

    2001 SSRC-Arts (Social Science Research Council)

             Fellowship for Dissertation Research

    1998-2000 Title VI Foreign Language and

             Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS). University of Illinois,

             Urbana-Champaign. Advancement of Portuguese language.



    2011 Certificate of Appreciation from Sorority Community at

             Washington University

    2008 Nominee for ArtSci Council’s Faculty Award from

             The Council for Undergraduate Students of

             Arts & Sciences (Washington University)

    2002 SUNTA (Society for Urban, National, and Transnational /

             Global Anthropology) Essay Competition Runner-Up.

    1999 Joseph B. Casagrande Award for Excellence in Ethnography.

             University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.



Professional Service

    Assistant Editor, City and Society (2015-)

    Contributing Editor, Postcolonialist

    2008 Committee member to evaluate CIEE (Council on International Educational

            Exchange) program in São Paulo, Brazil

    Since 2006 Article reviewer for Ethos, City and Society, American Ethnologist,

             American Anthropologist, Latin American Music Review,

             Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology,

             Echo, Western Journal of Black Studies,

             Reading Research Review, Ethnos, Brasiliana (UK),

             and Revista de Antropologia

             da USP (Brazil)