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Dr. Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

Associate Professor of Anthropology



Anthropology program: Wood 136B, (660) 543-4877

Archives and Museum: JCKL 1470, (660) 543-4649


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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. Her current work is focused on the intersection of non-normative sexual identities, sexual behavior, and industrial music.



Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Kansas (2007)
Treasurer, International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS)
Editorial Advisory Board, Metal Music Studies (Intellect)
Program Chair, IASPM-US Annual Meeting 2018


Professional Experience and Awards

2015 CAHSS Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity Award
2014 CAHSS Meritorius Service Award
2013 MO-KAN-NE Trio Achiever Distinguished Alumni Award

2012-13 Visiting Scholar, Leather Archives and Museum

2010 Excellence in Teaching Award (Non-Tenure Track)



Cultural and American Studies of gender in music scenes

Ethnographies of sexuality and gender, sexual behavior, and sexuality education
Material culture studies of ethnographic and textile artifacts


Courses Taught

ANTH 1820: Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3830: Anthropological Linguistics

ANTH 3850: Peoples of the World

ANTH 4820: Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

ANTH 4860: Museum Studies

ANTH 4870: Comparative Cultures


Selected Presentations (2015-2017)

Queerness in Heavy Metal: Metal Bent. Routledge, 2015; paperback forthcoming.

Queering the Inferno: Space, Identity, and Kansas City's Jazz Scene. University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming.

"Self and/as Subject: Respectability, Abjection, and the Alterity of Studying What You Are." Chapter in Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Living In The Margins: Metal's Self-In-Reflection." Metal Music Studies Vol 1, No. 3, 2015: 379-384.

"The Ones You Serve: BDSM Imagery, Industrial Heavy Metal, and the Machine." In Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures. Karjalainen et al, Aalto University, 2015.

"The Leather Sisterhood: Metal Masculinity, and the Queer Subject." Chapter in Metal and Gender, General Editor Florian Heesch, Ashgate Press, 2016.

Professional Organizations
International Society for Metal Music Studies
International Association for the Study of Popular Music

American Anthropological Association

Central States Anthropology Society

Association for Queer Anthropology

Association for Feminist Anthropology

American Association of Museums