Mary earned her A.B. in classical languages from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in classical philology from Harvard University. She has been a member of the Department of Classics at Holy Cross since 2001; she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and promoted to professor in 2016. She chaired the Department of Classics from 2012–2015. She teaches courses in the ancient Greek and Latin languages as well as literature courses in translation such as Greek & Roman Epic and Classical Drama. She was the coordinator of the pilot program at Holy Cross for Summer Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts in 2010, and has co-mentored summer research students in classics since then. She has served the College through the Committee on Faculty Scholarship, the Mission and Identity Committee, the Presidential Colloquium on the Jesuit Liberal Arts, and the Committee on Academic Standing, among several others.
Mary's scholarship investigates the Homeric epics (the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey") and ancient Greek tragedy, especially in terms of performance and oral poetics. She is author of "Imagining Illegitimacy in Ancient Greek Literature" and co-author of "Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush," as well as several articles and essays on ancient Greek literature. She is co-editor of the Homer Multitext, a collaborative digital project that creates and publishes digital editions of manuscripts of the "Iliad" containing ancient commentary as well as the poetic text. Related to this work, she has been awarded both a Collaborative Research grant and a Scholarly Editions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, she has published essays about the Homeric epics in the literary journals New England Review (2016) and Michigan Quarterly Review (2017).
Ann Marie earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. She has been a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Holy Cross since 2000; she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and promoted to professor in 2014. She chaired the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2011–2015 and served two terms as the director of Asian Studies (2008-2010, 2016-2019). Ann Marie has also been an active member of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies concentration, most recently as a member of the executive committee. In addition to regularly teaching Contemporary Asia at the introductory level and Ethnographic Field Methods at the advanced level, she offers elective courses such as Fashion and Consumption and Economic Anthropology. She has served as an advisor for department and College honors theses, capstone projects in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and the Weiss Summer Research Program. In 2018-2019, she served as one of the primary advisors to the Fenwick Scholar.
Ann Marie’s scholarship in sociocultural anthropology focuses on gender, class, economic transformation, fashion, kinship, socialism and neoliberalism. She has been conducting ethnographic field work in Vietnam for 25 years. Her 2014 book, “Essential Trade: Vietnamese Women in a Changing Marketplace,” is an ethnographic analysis of women cloth and clothing traders in a famous Ho Chi Minh City market as they navigate Vietnam’s larger economic reforms. The book was awarded the 2016 Harry J. Benda Prize by the Association for Asian Studies. Ann Marie has co-edited four collections, “Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress,” “Neoliberalism in Vietnam” in positions: asia critique, “The Development of Vietnamese Studies since 1980: Essays in Honor of Hue-Tam Ho Tai” in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and “Traders in Motion: Identities and Contestations in the Vietnamese Marketplace.” Her newest work focuses on the emerging social work profession in Vietnam. She received the Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2015 and the O'Leary Faculty Recognition Award in 2009-2011.