Nicholas Harney

Dr. Nicholas HarneyNicholas DeMaria Harney, PhD, MA, AB
Professor and Head of Department

Office: 160A CHS
Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 5014

Winter 2020 Office Hours

Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm

Research and Teaching Areas

Nick’s research interests include the social anthropology of economic life, diasporas, transnationalism, ethnic and migration studies, critical perspectives on global processes and urban studies with a geographic focus on North America (Canada) and Europe (Italy). His first book by University of Toronto Press, Eh, Paesan!: Being Italian in Toronto was called 'the most nuanced analysis of identity available for contemporary populations of people of Italian origin anywhere in the world.” (Diaspora 7:2 1998, p. 273). Before his current appointment at Windsor, Nick taught at the University of Western Australia for over a decade and has had visiting positions at Federico II, Università degli Studi di Napoli; Università degli Studi di Catania and Università degli Studi di Calabria, Since 2012, Nick has had an ongoing Visiting position at the Università degli Studi di Trento, Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Centro di Studi Scenari migratori e mutamento sociale. He is currently Co-editor of the journal Anthropological Forum (Taylor & Francis).

Recent Courses Taught

  • Cultural Theory (48-356) at the third year level
  • Selected Topics in Sociology (48-397) at the third year level


  • PhD, University of Toronto (1996), Social/Cultural Anthropology
  • MA, University of Toronto (1990), Social/Cultural Anthropology
  • AB, Harvard University (1989), Magna cum laude, Social Anthropology

Recent and Key Publications

  • Harney, N. 2017. The ritualisation of hospitality: comparative notes at the frontiers of migration. In Frontiers, Migrations, Anchorings / Frontières, migrations, ancrages / Frontiere, migrazioni, ancoraggi. University of Catania, TEMA, eds. Melania Nucifora and Paolo Militelo.                                                                                                                                                            
  • Harney, N. 2015. Italian Mobilities and Diasporic Circulation in Neoliberal Times. Ruth Ben-Ghiat & Stephanie Malia Hom (eds.) Italian Mobilities New York: Routledge
  • Harney, N. (2015) Shadow Work (Ivan Illich) G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Blackwell, Malden, MA, Vol. X, pp. 5294-5.

Grants and Awards

Academic Society Involvement

  • Editor, Editorial Board of the journal Anthropological Forum: A journal of Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. (Taylor & Francis, ISI Impact Factor of 1.0).

  • Editorial Board Member, Italian American Review.  The Italian American Review (IAR), a bi-annual journal of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of The City University of New York.