Jason Pine is an assistant professor of media, society, and the arts and a contributing faculty member in the anthropology program. Broadly framed, his research projects are focused on people’s everyday pursuits of personal sovereignty in alternative economies.

In 2015, Pine was awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship by the American Academy in Berlin. He is the first to be chosen from Purchase College and only the second scholar chosen from the State University of New York system. During his time in Berlin, he worked on his research regarding small-scale methamphetamine labs in rural Missouri.

In his first book, The Art of Making Do in Naples (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), he examined how underemployed aspiring singers become entangled with the Camorra, the region’s powerful and volatile organized crime networks.

Pine earned his PhD in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and has taught at the University of Naples, the New School, and the University of Missouri at Columbia. His academic work has been supported by the John C. Haas Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation; Peter and Bette Fishbein Award; the University Seminars at Columbia University; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; U.S. Department of Justice; and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.