Nicholas Harney

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

Office: 160A CHS
Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2091


Research and Teaching Areas

Nick’s research interests include the social anthropology of urban life, migration studies, and critical perspectives on global processes 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 (SACR-3560)
  • The Unruly City: Urban Analysis and ethnography (SACR-8270)


  • Ph.D., 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. (2015) Shadow Work (Ivan Illich) G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Blackwell, Malden, MA, Vol. X, pp. 5294-5.

Grants and Awards

  • SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-2024, The ritualization of hospitality: A comparative ethnography across Italy
  • SSHRC Connection Grant, 2018, Summer Institute in Migration, Mobilities and Borders, Trento, Italy
  • Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013
  • Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Award 2007

Academic Society Involvement

  • Editor, Editorial Board of the journal Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. (Taylor & Francis, 2018 - 5 year Impact Factor 0.953).

  • 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.