Department of Anthropology

Ruth Maher

Office:   Science Hall East, rm. 5011
Office Hours:   Anytime after regular scheduled class, or by email

Department: Anthropology
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Area Specialization: Equity and Access to Education, Food, and Healthcare; African Diaspora in the Caribbean


Ph.D. Columbia University (Applied Anthropology)

M.Phil. Columbia University (Applied Anthropology)

Ed.M Teachers College, Columbia University 

M.A. Hunter College, New York (Anthropology)

B.A. City College, New York (Liberal Arts and Sciences)

O.N.C. Brooklands Technical College, UK (Biological Sciences and Mathematics)   

NJ Substitute Teachers Credential (All Subjects, K -12)


  • Origins and Diversity of Humanity (UCC-3C, Ways of Knowing)
  • Diversity and Equity in Schools (Writing Intensive, UCC-4 Diversity & Justice, General Ed Elective )

Research Experience

  • Designed research project to examine (1) the effects of Chinese neocolonialism in Belize on basic nutrition, food insecurity and sustainability in a country already under severe economic strain, and (2) social structure: social stratification hierarchy, ethnic relations, and class formation on how this plays out in state-level politics.
  • Conducted ethnographic research on Cuba’s educational system (pre-K – university), including the nutritional and medical programs.
  • Data collected demonstrated that education is available to all, although maintaining free university is unsustainable.
  • Urban gardens are fast developing, as well as gardens in elementary schools to increase healthy eating.
  • Organized an Oral histories project on women in homeless shelters to determine the causes of homelessness, and how to best assist them to independence. 


Baldwin-Jones, Alice (In press). “Charles Preston Warren, Pioneer Forensic Anthropology.” In African American  Pioneers in Anthropology : The Second Generation.  Harrison, I. & D. Johnson-Simmons, Eds. Chicago: University of Illinois.

Baldwin-Jones, Alice (2011). Jamaican Marronage a Psuedomorph: The Case of the Accompong Maroons. New York: Columbia University Dissertation.                                                                                                          

Baldwin-Jones, Alice (2004). “Participant Observation of a Meal.”  Food, Culture, and Society 7(1): 111-114.  New York: Association for the Study of Food and Society. 

Baldwin-Jones, Alice (2000). “Cultural Traditions and National Identity in Belize.”  Proceedings of the 1st Work in     Progress Conference of CUNY’s Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, November 5-6, 1998.  New York: Baruch College.

Lay, Nancy Duke, Alice Baldwin-Jones and Tamra Plotnick (1998).  Conveying the Positive Message of Diversity in Communication.  The City College of New York and Ford Foundation Campus Diversity Initiative, February 1998.

Grants & Awards

  • May 2015. Staff Congress – City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Professional Development Grant for Caribbean Studies  Association Conference Presentation                        
  • November 2014. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Connections Annual Research & Coaching Clinic
  • Fall 2014. Johnson Foundation New Connections Leadership Development Clinic 
  • June 2014. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Eight Annual Symposium
  • August 2013. PSC-CUNY Professional Development Grant for research in Belize 
  • June 2013. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Seventh Annual Symposium
  • June 2010. PSC-CUNY Professional Development Grant for research in Cuba