Stubbs, Matilda



  • 65800 Adoption, Fosterage, Culture, and Context

Job experience

  • Lecturer, Loyola University

  • Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Teaching Consultant, Northwestern University

  • Lecturer, Northwestern University

  • Lecturer, Elmhurst College

  • Lecturer, University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Fields of special interest

  • Anthropology of social work and social service administration
  • Bureaucracy, audit filing, clinical and organizational ethnography,
  • Childhood and adolescence
  • Family and home

 Publications or presentations

  • 2015  From Cavil to Gavel: Reproducing Records and Negotiating Legality in Child Welfare Hearings. Presented at the American Ethnological Society Meeting. San Diego, California and the Central States Anthropology Society Meeting. St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • 2014  “The States My Daddy”: the Exclusionary Force of Documents in the U.S. Foster Care System. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

  • 2014  Documentary Economies: Paperwork as Fostering in U.S. Child Welfare. Presented at the Society for Cultural Anthropology Meeting. Detroit, Michigan.

  • 2014  Privileged and Confidential: The Evidentiary Value of Foster Care Case Files. Presented at the Central States Anthropology Society Meeting. Normal, Illinois.

  • 2013  Fostering Futures: States of Care Outside the Family in the United States. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.

  • 2013  Artifactual Lives: Managing Cases & Identity in Foster Care. Presented at the Society for Psychological Anthropology and the Anthropology of Youth and Children Interest Group Conference. San Diego, California.

Bria Berger

Bria Berger, AM '14

“It’s important to have transferable skills and to have a professional mentor. Working with [Assistant Professor] Alida Bouris has helped me both personally and professionally. She has encouraged me to mold my course schedule and placement to my interest and goals, to take risks, and she has helped me shape my vision of who I am in the social work world.”