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Iris I. Clever



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Email    irisclever@ucla.edu
Office  6265 Bunche Hall

My dissertation focuses on the production, circulation, and use of anthropometric data in the early twentieth century and its deployment for racial research. I am interested in anthropometric measurement practices, its techniques and materialities, the role of statistical methods in processing data and producing racial categories, as well as conflicts over the standardization of anthropometric techniques.

 

Fields of Study

History of Science and Medicine

Research

My dissertation focuses on the production, circulation, and use of anthropometric data in the early twentieth century and its deployment for racial research. I am interested in anthropometric measurement practices, its techniques and materialities, the role of statistical methods in processing data and producing racial categories, as well as conflicts over the standardization of anthropometric techniques. This dissertation brings together a transnational group of scholars whose work relied heavily on data practices and who were central to the development of physical anthropology (UK/US/Germany). Moreover, it traces the history of a single anthropological instrument: the caliper. The caliper not only connects the encounters during which measurements were taken with the production of data, it also allows me to trace the use of anthropometric methods after World War II: where the caliper mostly measured skulls and heads before the war, the instrument transformed into a skinfold device in the 1950s to meet the research efforts of health studies.

Publications

Iris Clever, "Book Review: 'Measuring the Master Race' by Jon Royne Kyllingstad," JRAI (forthcoming)

Iris Clever, “Book Review: ‘Constructing Race’ by Tracy Teslow,” History of Anthropology Newsletter 40, no. 1 (2016): http://histanthro.org/book-review-constructing-race-by-tracy-teslow/.

I. Clever and W.G. Ruberg, "Beyond Cultural History? The Material Turn, Praxiography, and Body History," Humanities 3 (2014) 546-566."

Grants and Awards

2017-2019. E.J. Brandenburg Fund for Research Travel

2018. American Philosophical Society Library Fellowship

2017. CERS Dissertation Research Fellowship

2016. Peter Reill Summer Research Travel Stipend

2015. Predoctoral Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 

2015. Benjamin Nickoll Summer Research Travel Stipend

Conference Presentations

“The Anthropological Politics of Scientific Universalism. Standardization in Anthropometry and Miriam Tildesley’s International Standardization Committee (1928-1945),” History of Anthropology Conference: the rise of university departments 1918-1945. Royal Anthropological Institute, London, 13-14 December 2016.

“Finding Unity in Anthropometry. The Establishment of the International Standardization Committee (1928-1934).” Symposium Body History Seminar: Paper Technologies. Utrecht University, 29 August 2016.

Advisors

Dr. Soraya de Chadarevian (chair)
Dr. Theodore Porter
Dr. Andrew Apter
Dr. Lynn Hunt

Degrees

M.A. History, Utrecht University, 2013.
B.A. History, Utrecht University, 2011.