Jonathan Marion-Adjunct Professor


Jonathan Marion
SBSB 2-223

Dr. Jonathan Marion received his PhD from UCSD in 2006, and has been teaching at CSUSM ever since. Trained in sociocultural and psychological anthropology, Marion has carried out research focused on competitive ballroom and salsa dancing throughout the USA, UK, and Europe, focusing on performance, embodiment, globalization, gender, dress, and activity-based constructions of personal and collective meanings and identities. Stemming from this work Marion has become highly involved in visual anthropology, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Visual Anthropology (2008-2011) and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (2009-2012), and his ethnographic photography features prominently in his first book Ballroom: Culture and Costume in Competitive Dance (Berg, 2008).

An active scholar, Marion has had articles published in Human Mosaic (2005), Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society) (2007), and Visual Anthropology Review (2010), book reviews published in Ethos (2007) and Visual Anthropology Review (2009), is a regular contributor to Anthropology News, and has been involved in organizing more than 15 panels, workshops, and sessions at professional meetings since 2005. An active mentor, Marion regularly works with CSUSM anthropology students preparing them to present their research at the American Anthropological Association's annual meetings, and participates in CSUSM's Faculty Mentoring Program. Classes Marion teaches at CSUSM include: ANTH 200 - Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 301 - Culture and Medicine: Healers and Healing Practices; ANTH 350 - Visual Anthropology; ANTH 390 - Anthropological Research Methods; and ID370 - The Body and Identity.