E. L. (Liza) Cerroni-Long

A photo of E. L. (Liza) Cerroni-Long

Professor of Anthropology

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology




  • Ph.D., University of California—Los Angeles, 1986

Interests and Expertise

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Ethnicity
  • Museums


Liza Cerroni-Long is a cultural and applied anthropologist whose major research interests include anthropological theory and methods, intercultural relations, and ethnicity. Before receiving her Ph.D. in anthropology (UCLA), she was academically trained in her native Italy (D.Lit. from the Oriental Institute of the University of Venice) and in Japan (Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Comparative Civilizations at Kyoto University). She has done field research in Asia, Europe and the Americas and has taught in Italy, Japan, Austria, Slovenia and Canada. Her publications include two edited books (Insider Anthropology, 1995, and Anthropological Theory in North America, 1999), one monograph (Diversity Matters, 2001), and over thirty research papers. She has also published an equal number of commentaries, op-eds, newsletters, expert reports and electronic materials, including a book in CD-ROM (Diversity in College Education, ed., 2004). Since 1995, Dr. Cerroni-Long has been engaged in the cross-cultural study of multicultural education, for which she is a UNESCO consultant. She founded and directed (2003–04) EMU's Diversity in the Curriculum Program, and she is the chair of COER, the Commission on Ethnic Relations of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, for which she edits and produces the online journal Ethnoculture. In 2012 she established the EMU Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate program in Cultural Museum Studies (CMS), for which she serves as Coordinator and Advisor.