Anna Lomax Wood

Anna L. Wood is an anthropologist and president of the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) at Hunter College. Her anthropological work has explored the cultural-historical roots of community variation in Southern Italy; disaster recovery and globalization; the politics of disaster aid and industrialization; risk factors for families in poverty; community contexts of children's mental health programs; and social groups mediating social service planning and delivery. She has also written about lyra and bagpipe singing traditions in Greek immigrant families; Sicilian and Calabrian folk poetry; Italian and Italian immigrant folk music; the personal narrative of an Italian immigrant singer. She was a film editor, a children's mental health planner, and designed specialized ethnographies at the University of South Florida, where she also taught. Wood received the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1980 and a Grammy in 2006. She is interested in comparative research in music, culture, and genetics; the poetics and qualities of vocal music; and the music of pastoralists and behaviors of their herds. She is coordinating publication of the Global Jukebox/Dancebox in order to make available the data and methodologies of Alan Lomax’s Cantometrics, Choreometrics and other cross-cultural studies of performance style.

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