Dr. Gerald W. Creed chaired the Anthropology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center from 2009 to 2019, and the Department of Anthropology at Hunter from 1998 to 1999, and again from 2018 to 2020. He is the recipient of the Howard Foundation Award and Yale University Agrarian Studies Fellow as well as the Feliks Gross Endowment Award, CUNY Academy for Humanities and Sciences. Currently, he also serves as president of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.
As a professor of anthropology at Hunter College, Dr. Creed’s main areas of interest include rural economy and identity, nationalism and populism, and family and community. He teaches courses including Family and Household in Anthropology and History, Ethnicity and Nationalism and Anthropology of Religion.
As an educator and researcher, Dr. Creed believes that anthropology can change the way we see the world and he enjoys bringing different perspectives to the topics and places he studies to help students broaden their worldview. His research primarily focuses on the agrarian fertility rituals in Bulgaria and what they suggest about the nature of religious belief and the formation of national identity on the local level. Dr. Creed’s 2011 publication Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria received the 2012 William Douglass Prize (Society for the Anthropology of Europe) and the 2012 John Bell Prize (Bulgarian Studies Association).
Dr. Creed received his PhD in anthropology in 1992 from the CUNY Graduate Center.