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 serves as Curator at 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 currently completing a study of the intersection of queer identities and heavy metal music.
Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Kansas (2007)
M.A. in History, Central Missouri State University (2001)
M.A. in Museum Science, Texas Tech University (2000)
B.A. in History, Central Missouri State University (1997)
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
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.
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.
Central States Anthropology Society- Editor of the CSAS Bulletin
Society for Gay and Lesbian Anthropologists
Association for Feminist Anthropology
American Studies Association