Rachael Stryker

Assistant Professor

Department of Human Development & Women's Studies

(510) 885-3063
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Rachael Stryker, a cultural anthropologist, is fascinated by the interrelationship between culture, the brain, and early child development. Her work explores the comparative study of emotion socialization, with a focus on attachment formation and representation. She is the author of the book, The Road to Evergreen: Adoption, Attachment Therapy, and the Promise of Family (Cornell, 2010), which examines the cultural construction of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) diagnosis and treatment in the United States in light of emerging international and domestic child adoption systems. She has also written several articles for the journals International Migration and Global Studies of Childhood, and recently completed the article on Adoption and Fostering for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies. She is heavily involved in the professionalization of the disciplines of Childhood Studies and the Anthropology of Childhood, serving on the Advisory Board of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG). Dr. Stryker is also interested in exploring the value of public interest ethnography for promoting activist-scholarship and social reform. She is currently working on two book projects in this area: a co-edited volume (with Roberto González), titled, Up, Down, and Sideways: Anthropologists Trace the Pathways of Power and the textbook, Public Interest Ethnography: A Primer. Her collaborative work with undergraduates on healthcare in California women’s prison has appeared in the popular textbook, Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (14th edition). 


  • B.A. Macalester College
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley


Fall Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
HDEV 414001Theories Of ChildhoodARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
HDEV 443001Intimate RelationshipsARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
HDEV 443002Intimate RelationshipsARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
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