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John Forrest

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Juan Alejandro Bosque (John Forrest when in English-speaking countries) was born in Argentina, grew up in Australia, and went to university in England and the U.S. He taught at Purchase College in the anthropology program for 32 years and also contributed to the dance and media, society, and the arts (now media studies) programs. He was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005 and the Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professorship, a title that accompanies a competitive, one-year senior faculty research award, in 2007–08.

His publications include The History of Morris Dancing, 1438–1750 (University of Toronto Press, 1999);  The Natural History of the Traditional Quilt (Univ. of Texas Press, 1995), co-written with his late wife, Deborah Blincoe; Annals of Early Morris, with Michael Heaney (London: Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language, University of Sheffield, 1991); Lord I’m Coming Home: Everyday Aesthetics in Tidewater North Carolina (Cornell University Press, 1988); and Morris and Matachin: A Study in Comparative Choreography (London: Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language, University of Sheffield, 1984).