The periodical describes itself as “devoted to the anthropology of law and politics, most broadly conceived.”

The interdisciplinary publication “features articles on such issues as nationalism, citizenship, political and legal processes, the state, civil society, colonialism, postcolonial public spheres, multiculturalism, and media politics. It publishes work that is distinguished by its innovative definition of problems, ethnographic orientation, or theoretical outlook,” according to its website. It is currently edited by John Conley of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Justin Richland of the University of Chicago.

“It’s a great venue for engaged, politically relevant work in the field,” Cabot said. “I’m excited. I am hoping to integrate some of the work into learning components for COA students, including an internship.”

Cabot — who holds a Ph.D. (2010) and M.A. (2005) in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a B.A. in religion and the humanities from the University of Chicago (2001) — joined COA’s faculty in 2011 after a postdoctoral appointment in the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.

Her teaching engages a range of topics within anthropology as well as issues of relevance to students interested in sociocultural theory, law, ethics, advocacy and activism, and social science methodologies. Her most recent research project included 20 months of intensive ethnographic fieldwork in Greece and examined asylum seeking and legal aid practices in Athens.  Her work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, The National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation.

Cabot’s book, “On the Doorstep of Europe: Asylum and Citizenship in Greece,” was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania PressMichael Herzfeld of Harvard University described it as “original, vividly written, and ethnographically rich.”

“‘On the Doorstep of Europe’ breaks new ground as a contribution to the anthropology of law, globalization studies, and the ethnography of the eastern Mediterranean,” Herzfeld wrote. “In particular, it illuminates the increasingly complex dynamics of a country newly confronting cultural diversity and rapid urbanization.”

At COA, Cabot teaches courses including “Belonging, Mobility and Displacement,” “Blood: Substance and Symbol,” “Ethnographic Fieldwork,” “Ethnography, Advocacy, and Ethics,” “Italian History, Language and Culture,” and “Power and Governance.”

“Heath’s editorship of a publication well known for its cross-disciplinary approach is just one reason she is an asset to the college,” said college president Darron Collins ’92. “She brings to campus not just rigorous academic research, but also a field-based approach to learning and an interdisciplinarity that are both highly valued aspects of a COA education.”

The expertise of COA faculty recently was recognized by the Princeton Review, a highly regarded college ranking service, which placed the college No. 3 nationally for 2014-15 in the category “professors get high marks.”