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Dr. Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

Associate Professor of Anthropology



Office: Wood Hall 136B

Office Phone: (660) 543-4877



Dr. Clifford-Napoleone is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the McClure Archives and University Museum at UCM. Her research interests are in the intersection of popular music, popular culture, and sexual subcultures in the United States. Her expertise in museum science is in textiles and textile preventative conservation, museum anthropology, and Bedouin material culture. She is a past McNair Scholar, and travels throughout the Midwest advising McNair students on graduate school admissions, financial aid, and professionalization.





Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Kansas (2007)


Professional Experience and Awards

MO-KAN-NE Trio Achiever Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

Visiting Scholar, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, 2012-13

Excellence in Teaching Award (Non-Tenure Track), College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2010

Textile consultant on the State of Missouri list of Conservators

Certified QualityMatters Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewer in Collections Management for AAM's Museum Assessment Program

2008 Faculty Fellow, Center for Advancement of Contemplative Education, Naropa University

2011 NEH Summer Institute Fellow, "Ethnomusicology and Global Culture"

UCM's Phi Kappa Phi Secretary (2011) Board Member and National 2006 Unsung Heroine Award Winner

Advisor, UCM Anthropology Club

McNair Central Achievers Program Mentor and Advisor



Cultural Studies and American Studies, with a focus on gender in American music scenes

Women, Gender, and Sexuality cross-culturally

Museum Anthropology, material culture studies, enthography and textiles

Comtemplative pedagogy


Courses Taught

ANTH 1820: Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3801: Applied Anthropology

ANTH 3850: Peoples of the World

ANTH 4815: Special Projects in Anthropology

ANTH 4820: Sexual Dynamics and Culture

ANTH 4860: Museum Studies

ANTH 4870: Comparative Cultures


Selected Presentations, 2008-2012

Paper, "Hell Bent for Metal: A Study of Queer Fans of Heavy Metal," International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S., New York, New York, March 2012.


Organizaer and Chair, session "Tidemarks and Frontiers: Disability in Anthropology," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, Nov. 2011.


Paper, "The Leather Sisterhood: Heavy Metal, Masculinity, and Lesbian Fandom," presented at First International Conference on Gender and Heavy Metal, University for Music, Cologne, Germany, Oct. 2009.


Presentation, "Terminus of the Southwest Territory: KC Jazz & Missouri's Railroad Towns," part of the New Harmonies program of the Johnson County  (MO) Historical Society, Oct. 2009.


Chair and Panelist, "Exploring Sub-Cultures," Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meeting, April 2009.  Paper, "Opening the Disciplinary Gates: Anthropology, American Studies, and the Study of 'Jazz.'"


Panelist, "Opening the Disciplinary Gates: Anthropology and American Studies," American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 2008.


Selected Publications

Articles "Esther Newton" and "Class" in LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2009).


"Prostitution and Reform in Kansas City, 1880-1930," in The Other Missouri History (University of Missouri Press, 2005).


"Review: Out in Theory" in Archives of Sexual Behavior (Fall 2007).


"Review: The Motorcycle Diaries" in International Journal of Motorcycle Studies online.


Professional Organizations

American Anthropological Association

Central States Anthropology Society- Editor of the CSAS Bulletin

Society for Gay and Lesbian Anthropologists

Association for Feminist Anthropology

American Studies Association

Mid-America American Studies Association

American Association of Museums

Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education