E. L. Cerroni-Long, DLit, PhD

Professor of Anthropology (II)
Dept. SAC, P-H Hall 712
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (USA)

phone: (+1) 734.484.9842


E. L. (Liza) Cerroni-Long is a cultural and applied anthropologist whose major research interests include anthropological theory and methods, intercultural relations, ethnicity, comparative pedagogy, and museum studies.

Before receiving her Ph.D. in anthropology (UCLA), she was academically trained in her native Italy (D.Lit. from the Oriental Institute of the University of Venice at Ca' Foscari,), and in Japan (Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Comparative Civilizations at Kyoto University).

She has done field research in Asia, Europe and the Americas and has taught in Italy, Japan, Austria, Slovenia, Canada, and China. In 1987 she joined Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where she repeatedly chaired the Anthropology Program, and where she founded and coordinates the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Cultural Museum Studies (CMS).

Courses developed and/or taught by Dr. E. L. Cerroni-Long include, in ascending level order (from undergraduate introductory to culminating, and /or graduate/professional): Human Unity and  Diversity, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, U.S. Racial and Cultural Minorities, Medical Anthropology, Social and Cultural Change, Ethnographic Methods, Culture of Japan, Seminar in Anthropological Theory, Culture Analysis Seminar, Museum Anthropology, Culture, Art & Anthropology, Culture & Ethnicity Seminar.

Dr. Cerroni-Long is the recipient of several major research grants and a number of teaching awards, including the one bestowed by the National Association of  Student Anthropologists (AAA-NASA). The interactive academic/career advising website she developed and manages, emusapiens.us, has received special recognition from the Integrative Studies Institute (ISI).

Her publications include three edited books, one monograph, and over thirty research papers. She has also published an equal number of commentaries, newsletters, op-eds, expert reports, reviews and electronic materials, including a book in CD-ROM (Diversity in College Education, 2004, DC-EMU). Some of her teaching materials on ethnicity are permanently posted on the Anth Outreach (Teaching Activities) page of the Smithsonian Institution, and others were translated into Chinese and adopted in the training of doctoral students at the Minzu University of China.

Since 1995 Dr. Cerroni-Long has been engaged in the cross-cultural study of multicultural education, for which she is a UNESCO consultant. She founded and directed EMU's Diversity in the Curriculum Program, and she is the Chair of COER, the Commission on Ethnic Relations of the IUAES,  the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, which she represented on the Advisory Board of the International Social Science Council. Since 2000 COER operates a website (iuaes-coer.org), through which it publishes an online journal, Ethnoculture, which she edits and produces.

Since 2006 she is a Fellow of the International Institute for Humankind Studies (IIHS), based in Italy, and since 2010 she serves as Director of the Cross-Cultural Research Centre.Net (crc.net), a worldwide network of applied anthropology consultation centers affiliated with the IIHS.