Fileve Palmer

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Masters in Social Studies education from Lehman College in the Bronx. PhD from Indiana University.

Department Information

Anthropology // Faculty

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • Racial identity and community relations, identity formation, indigenous rights, sovereignty, the history of European colonization and creolization, decolonizing yoga, spiritual philosophy, representation, photography, and comparative international education regional focus South Africa, the United States, and Indian Country.  

  • Professor Palmer draws on her experience teaching in the New York City public school system to inform her research on racial identity formation through the examination of informal education. Working with Coloured youth in South Africa she lead photo-ethnographic-projects that inspired participants to explore their communities and their own lives to create a record of creole communities in Kwa-ZuluNatal, South Africa. Drawing from this Dr. Palmer engaged students from Tuscarora Indian School to celebrate Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) life and cultural survival.  In 2013, building on visual anthropology methods, Dr. Palmer collaborated with the Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Dr. Joe Stahlman (an indigenous researcher of Tuscarora descent) on a photo-exhibition using archival photographs with living communities. “Stirring the Pot: Taking the Wannamaker Photos Home” is a digital-repatriation project that uses six images from the collection of over 8,000 taken by Joseph Dixon on a then commercial endeavor to photograph Native American life between 1908 to 1921. Together they visited the Tuscarora Indian Nation, collected stories from descendants of the people in the six photos, and photographed the people with their ancestors in portraits styled after environmental photography.  The exhibition is on display at the Tuscarora Nation House and will be on display at Purdue University's Rueff Gallery in Pao Hall January 2018.‚Äč

    Professor Palmer is interested in community development and non-profit organization. She is co-developing a non-profit focused on community engagement, individual empowerment, and education in the Allegheny Mountains in Western New York under the trade name "TickleTown". 

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