About Sally Campbell Galman

Sally Campbell Galman is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts--Amherst College of Education. She is an artist, an activist, a teacher, a learner, a mother, a scholar, and a force to be reckoned with.

Cultural Anthropology: The Shattered Echo Chamber

madres-symbolMy colleague Carlos Martinez-Cano and I were both struck by the mood at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, by the conversations we were having with colleagues, and by the desperation, sadness and hope of this particular moment. After our session, we wondered if other people also felt what we were feeling. What happens when a conference full of people doing our particular brand of justice work convenes in the tragic, painful, tumultuous aftermath of the 2016 presidential election? We asked some of the most resonant voices in contemporary cultural anthropology to weigh in, in 1000 words or less. Read it here in Cultural Anthropology and be troubled and inspired: https://culanth.org/fieldsights/995-the-shattered-echo-chamber-experiences-of-amanth2016-in-the-wake-of-the-election

(I also had a bit to say about art and its power (and your power, and mine, and everyone’s) at this moment: https://culanth.org/fieldsights/998-light-struck-on-stories-art-and-work-among-the-broken-pieces) Go out and make some art.

#lovewins #artfightsforus #riseup #loveislove

Naming sexual violence

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I recently reviewed Maria Stoian’s beautiful and chilling Take it As a Compliment at Women’s Studies International Forum. It is, as I wrote in the review, a beautiful book about a terrible subject. Like many people, I read the book nodding my head, “Yes, this happened to me too.” 

When I read the book and wrote the review some months ago, the revelations about the republican presidential candidate’s admitted serial sexual assault had not yet been reported in the press. However, since the timbre of the presidential race has changed since my writing, I would suggest that Stoian’s work–which is appropriate for high school students and up, and also possibly mature middle schoolers– be considered timely and essential reading. Not only does it address the topic of sexual violence unflinchingly and honestly, it also offers up powerful tools and testimony to interrupt sexual violence wherever we find it. Stoian has done what artists do best, and what art is for: to give our better selves tools to awaken, to advocate, to resist, to fight, and to support one another. You can read my review here.

White teachers, culturally competent practices, equitable classrooms

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Gloria Ladson-Billings, an amazing classroom teacher, and me! in today’s Slate.com article, “How to Change White Teachers’ Lenses”.

If you want to know more about what I’m talking about, you can read this, or you can visit and learn the amazing anti-racist, culturally competent pedagogy we are learning about in the CTEP program at UMass.

Sneak peek of the NEW Shane book

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I’m so honored to be a part of Stacy and Cristina’s fantastic online exhibit, “Imaginings: Comics and the Anthropological Imagination” this very month. Visit the exhibit site to see my contribution, “Shane and Childhoods Literal and Figurative”– which is also a sneak peek of some frames from my newest book, in production — as well as anthropological imaginings from lots of other artists.

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All images © 2015 by Sally Galman

Galman, S. C. “Shane and Childhoods Literal and Figurative”. In Imaginings: Comics and the Anthropological Imagination, curated by Stacy Leigh Pigg and Cristina Moretti. Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, www.imaginativeethnography.org

Recruiting for Study

Participate in a Research Study about Children and Gender!

I am currently looking for children ages 4-8 who may experience gender differently. They may identify as gender-fluid, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, gender-variant or transgender. I would like to work with these children and their families in a research study to help us understand more about what factors contribute to creating happy lives for thriving gender-nonconforming children.

This study will involve allowing me to interview parents, interact with your child in your home or a park or play area of your choosing, and do an art activity with your child. Your child will be able to keep the completed art project and all of the art supplies (markers, glue, paper, scissors, etc.) associated with the project.

If you would like to participate, or have questions about the study, please contact me, Dr. Sally Galman, via email at sally@educ.umass.edu or via phone at 413 658 8950.

Dr. Sally Galman is an anthropologist of childhood and professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a recognized expert in the field of gender-fluid, gender-creative and transgender children. Dr. Galman is also the parent of a transgender child.


This study has been approved by, and is conducted with the oversight of the University of Massachusetts Institutional Review Board, in accordance with the guidelines of the federal Office of Human Research Protections

The Ballad of the Big Manly Guy

Hot off the presses! My University of Kentucky colleague, Christine Mallozzi, and I have been at it again: this time we have a chapter in Men, Masculinities and Teaching, edited by Simon Brownhill, Jo Warin and Inga Wernersson. Our piece, titled, The Ballad of the Big Manly Guy, looks at carework and masculinity against a backdrop of uniquely American shoot-em-up gun culture, blistering sexism and old fashioned apologetics. Don’t miss it!

Click here to learn more about the book!

Study Children and Families in Beautiful New England

Study children, families and schools in beautiful New England!


Applications are now being sought for Doctoral, EdS and MEd programs.

Application deadline: January 15, 2015. http://www.umass.edu/gradschool/programs Funding available.
The Children, Families and Schools Concentration in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Education is now accepting applications for graduate study in the areas of human development, child and family and early schooling. Located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, we are surrounded by both ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and picturesque vistas, as well as the bustling, high-energy urban landscapes of Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield.


The Children, Families, and Schools (CFS) graduate program is designed to address the growing concern for meeting the educational and developmental needs of children across the varied settings in which learning and development occur. Our program of study addresses the philosophical, historical, social, and cultural foundations of childhood, with a focus on families, learning and development.  It offers future researchers and practitioners an excellent foundation in child development, childhood studies, and learning, and examines how these relate to educational practice from birth through the early childhood and elementary school years.


To learn more about our program of study, faculty research profiles, program blog and other information, please visit our webpage: http://www.umass.edu/education/departments/tecs/child-families-schools


Our multidisciplinary program offers a range of graduate study opportunities for professionals at all stages of their careers. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 entering doctoral and master’s cohorts; Funding is available on a competitive basis for qualified applicants.


Questions? Please contact Concentration Coordinator, Professor Sally Campbell Galman, at sally@educ.umass.edu.


We look forward to hearing from you!


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Ahoy, matey!

465096479_7qYyt-M-1It’s time for the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, this year in Washington, DC during the first week of December. If you are in DC, I encourage you to come on down to the Marriott Wardman Park to hear me talk about my ongoing work with children’s cultures, gender and early schooling. You can hear my talk, “How to be a pirate: Using pictures and words to destabilize ‘patriarchal constellations’ in preschool” on Thursday at 11:00.  This paper is part of a special session, perpetrated by myself and my partner-in-art Mathangi Subramanian, called, “Producing disruption, subversion and other really good stories: Ethnographic storytellling and fiction as alternatives to production-as-usual.”  Not surprisingly, we aim to throw a spanner in the works. Come see for yourself.