Judith Freidenberg, Ph.D.

Judith Freidenberg.jpgJudith Freidenberg obtained her Masters in Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1970) and a Ph.D. from City University of New York (1978). Between 1981-1984 she was a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellow and in 2005 completed a Certificate on Social Gerontology at the University of Maryland.  She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine between 1985-1995, where she also held an affiliation with the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development.  She has been on faculty with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland since 1995, where she has taken leadership roles as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the Graduate Certificate on Museum Scholarship and Material Culture. In addition to the US, she has taught in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.  

Judith is an applied anthropologist with a track record of inter-disciplinary research, national and international experience in communicating research findings with the scientific community, service providers, policy makers and lay publics.  She has conducted research on ethnicity, migration and well-being.  She has published books and articles in English and Spanish.  Her latest book is entitled Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States:  The Case of Prince George’s County, Maryland.  In addition to publications and presentations, she has disseminated her research through curatorial work (Museum of the City of New York and Smithsonian Institution), advocated for many community-based organizations (most recently, Casa de Maryland and Pregnancy Aid Center, Maryland), presented at libraries and community centers, and curated a travelling exhibit on migration in Maryland to engage diverse publics into dialogue.  

Judith is interested in promoting links among researchers and applied scientists among professional organizations in the US and the Americas.  To that end, (1) she is currently engaged in promoting international cooperation at the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland; (2) she co-organized a session for the 2019 SFAA to enable the AAA, the SFAA, and CASCA in discussing their current migration initiatives; (3) she co-organized sessions with a Brazilian colleague for the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in 2018.  She hopes to link the SFAA to other professional associations elsewhere in the Americas, and promote diverse modes of collaboration.  

Judith has been a member of the SFAA since the early eighties and is currently a fellow of the Society.  She has served the association in various capacities, including: Executive Secretary (2008-2011); Chair of the Publications Committee (2012-2015) and Practicing Anthropology Co-editor (2015-2018).  Currently, she is a member of the Perti Pelto Award Committee (2017-2019); of the Migration Initiative (2017-2019); and has been a member of the Program Committee for the past two years.  In addition, she co-ordinates a Topical Interest Group (TIG), entitled Migration and International Dialogue, with Mexican social scientist, Jorge Durand. Such collaboration provides one model by which the SFAA may reach out to scholars abroad. (491 words)