SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Naomi Leite

BA, MA, PhD (Berkeley)
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Naomi Leite
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Lecturer in Anthropology

Centre for Ethnographic Theory

Academic Staff, Centre for Ethnographic Theory

Dr Naomi Leite
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SOAS University of London
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On Research Leave - 2017/18


Naomi Leite is Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Director of Studies for the MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism. She received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. As a whole, her research explores linkages between global interconnectivity, travel, and sociality; imaginaries of kinship, relatedness, and mutual responsibility; identity and belonging; and individual and collective aspirations. Her first book, Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging (University of California Press) was a finalist for the 2017 American National Jewish Book Award. She is now editing Taking Tourism Seriously: Edward Bruner and the Rise of Tourism Ethnography (Lexington Books). The founding Co-Convenor of the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (2013-16), Dr Leite is an Associate Editor for the journals Annals of Tourism Research and HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anna Cohen, Ridley Road and Broadway Market: Food markets, social change, and the construction of community in Hackney’s ‘Urban Village’ (working title)
  • Jade Lee, Women of the British Colonial Service: Contested Identities and Liminal Lives, 1936 – 1961


Authored Books

Leite, Naomi (2017) Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Leite, Naomi and Graburn, Nelson (2010) 'L'anthropologie pour étudier le tourisme'. Mondes du Tourisme, (1) 1, pp 17-29.

Leite, Naomi (2005) 'Travels to an Ancestral Past: On Diasporic Tourism, Embodied Memory, and Identity'. Antropologicas, (9), pp 273-302.

Graburn, Nelson and Leite, Naomi (2004) 'Comment. Looking Several Ways: Anthropology and Native Heritage in Alaska by James Clifford.'. Current Anthropology, (45) 1, pp 24-25.

Edited Books or Journals

Leite, Naomi, (ed.), (2018) Taking Tourism Seriously: Edward Bruner and Interpretive Theory in the Anthropology of Tourism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: Rowman and Littlefield. (Anthropology of Tourism: Heritage, Mobility, and Society). [Forthcoming]

Book Chapters

Leite, Naomi (2014) 'Locating Imaginaries in the Anthropology of Tourism'. In: Salazar, Noel and Graburn, Nelson, (eds.), Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches. Oxford: Berghahn, pp 260-278.

Leite, Naomi and Graburn, Nelson (2009) 'Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies'. In: Robinson, Mike and Jamal, Tazim, (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies. London: Sage, pp 35-64.

Leite, Naomi (2007) 'Materializing Absence: Tourists, Surrogates, and the Making of Jewish Portugal'. In: Robinson, Mike, (ed.), Things That Move: The Material World of Tourism and Travel. Leeds: Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Book Reviews

Leite, Naomi (2012) 'Review of Thinking Through Tourism, ed. by Julie Scott and Tom Selwyn.'. Anthropos, (107) 2, pp 669-670.

Graburn, Nelson and Leite, Naomi (2006) 'Review of Contemporary Tourism: Diversity and Change, by Erik Cohen.'. Annals of Tourism Research, (33) 1, pp 269-271.


Leite, Naomi and Swain, Margaret (2015) 'Anthropology of Tourism'.


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