Wesleyan portrait of Sierra  Bell

Sierra Bell

Visting Adjunct Professor in Liberal Studies


BA Appalachian State University
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Sierra Bell

Sierra Bell is an ethnographer of rightwing populism in the contemporary U.S. Her current book project, Apocalyptic Politics: Liberty and Truth in Tea Party America, is based on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork she conducted among grassroots Tea Party activists in Connecticut during the height of the Tea Party movement from 2010 through 2012. Her work traces the cultural dimensions of her interlocutors’ ‘limited government’ political economic principles, which were infused with what she calls ‘apocalyptic politics,’ a form of critique that implicitly longs for national destruction and redemption. Her work explores activists’ representational politics, epistemological approaches, theories of neoliberal power, longings for personal sovereignty, and efforts to understand how wealth and power have become so concentrated in 21st century America.

Sierra Bell is a Visitng Assistant Professor of Anthropoogy at Wesleyan University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology at Yale University in May 2017. This fall semester, she is teaching Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Rightwing Movements in the Age of Trump.

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Office Hours

Fall 2018 Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Office: Anthro Building, room 26 (upstairs, down the hall)