Alessandro Duranti

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and former Dean of Social Sciences (2009-2016), University of California at Los Angeles


Alessandro Duranti’s research projects have focused on the role of verbal and visual communication in political arenas, everyday life, and during music performance and rehearsals. Theoretically, he has been interested in agency, intentionality and intersubjectivity. Methodologically, he has favored participant-observation and audio-visual recordings of spontaneous interaction. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the UCLA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, and the American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  

Excerpted from UCLA’s Department of Anthropology

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