Professor Bennardo's area of specialization is linguistic and cognitive anthropology. His primary geographic focus is Oceania, in particular, Western Polynesia, the Kingdom of Tonga, where he conducted extensive fieldwork. Research and interests are interdisciplinary; he brings together linguistic, psychological, and anthropological perspectives to cognitive science. His doctoral and current research focuses on the linguistic, cognitive, and cultural representations of spatial relationships. His specific interest is the investigation of intra-modular and inter-modular conceptual structures or cultural models. He's taught at UCLA, U. of Missouri, Columbia, College of Charleston, South Carolina. He currently teaches courses in linguistic anthropology, cognitive anthropology, and cognitive science.
Grants and Awards (last six years):
2014 Presidential Research Professor Award and Research Grant(Linguistic and Cognitive Anthropology): Department of Anthropology and Cognitive Studies Initiative, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb;
2014 Fulbright Award to Italy (September 1-December 31): Teaching and Research Grant to University of Verona (also Padoa and Venice) to conduct research in the Italian Dolomite Alps and teach a graduate seminar at Universities of Verona, Padoa and Venice;
2013 The Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE) Institute at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Grant to conduct a beta research project entitled Food Security in the U.S. Midwest Region: An Ecological, Social, and System-Based Approach;
2013 National Science Foundation Grant #BCS 1330637: Cultural Models of Nature across Cultures: Space, Causality, and Primary Food Producers. September 2013 through August 2015;
2012 Travel Grant: Graduate School Fund, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. December;
2011 Travel Grant: Graduate School Fund, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. August;
2011 National Science Foundation Grant #BCS 1067577: Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Self, Space, and Causality. Organize workshop at NIU;
2011 The Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE) Institute at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Grant to organize workshop at NIU entitled Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Self, Space, and Causality;
2010 Travel Grant: Graduate School Fund, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. August;
2010 Summer Faculty Development Grant: The Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE) Institute at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Summer;
2008 Travel Grant: Graduate School Fund, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. July.
2014 co-author: Cultural Models: Genesis, Typology, and Experiences. Oxford: Oxford University Press
2011 co-editor: A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell April, 2011
2009 author: Language, Space, and Social Relationships: A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. May, 2009
2002 editor: Representing Space in Oceania: Culture in Language and Mind. Canberra, Australia: Pacific Linguistics, The Australian National University. July, 2002
2000 author: A Conceptual Analysis of Tongan Spatial Nouns: From Grammar to Mind. Languages of the World, 12. Munich, Germany: Lincom Europa. February, 2000
2012 editor: Proceedings of Workshop: Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Self, Space, and Causality. Working Paper #1. DeKalb, IL.: ESE, NIU.
1993 author: “Towards a Computational Approach to Spatial Cognition: An Investigation of Relevant Computations in the Visual System and the Linguistic System.” Cognitive Science Technical Report, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Beckman Institute, May, 1993
Articles (last six years):
2014 author: The Fundamental Role of Causal Models in Cultural Models of Nature. Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science). [Opinion Article].
2014 author: Space and Culture: Giving Directions in Tonga. ETHOS (Journal of the Society of Psychological Anthropology), 42, 3: 253-276.
2014 author: Cognitive Anthropology’s Contributions to Cognitive Science: A Cultural Human Mind, A Methodological Trajectory, and Ethnography. TopiCS (Topics in Cognitive Science), 6, 1: 138-140.
2013 author: Cognitive Anthropology. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology. Ed. John Jackson. New York: Oxford University Press.
2010 author: Space, Kinship, and Mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 5: 382-383.
2010 co-author: Temporal Frames of Reference: A Conceptual Analysis and Empirical Evidence from English, German, and Tongan. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10, 3-4: 283-307. (with Bender, A., and S. Beller, Freiburg University, Germany).
2008 author: “Metaphors in Tongan Linguistic Production about Social Relationships: ‘Ofa “Love” is Giving.” Anthropological Linguistics, 50, 2: 174-204.
2008 author: “Familiar Space in Social Memory.” Structure and Dynamics, 3, 2: article 2.
2008 co-author: “Influence Structures in a Tongan Village: ‘Every Villager is not the Same!’ ” Structure and Dynamics , 3, 1, article 2. (with Charles Cappell, NIU).
Book Chapters (last six Years):
2012 author: Space in Culture and Mind. In G. Bennardo (Ed.). Proceedings of Workshop: Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Self, Space, and Causality, pp. 74-76. Working Papers #1. DeKalb, IL.: ESE, NIU.
2012 author: Thinking about Methods for Cultural Models. In G. Bennardo (Ed.) Proceedings of Workshop: Cultural Models of Nature and the Environment: Self, Space, and Causality, pp. 84-85. Working Papers #1. DeKalb, IL.: ESE, NIU.
2011 author: Types of Collective Representations: Cognition, Mental Architecture, and Cultural Knowledge. In D. Kronenfeld, G. Bennardo, V. DeMunck, and M Fisher (Eds.) A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology pp. 82-101. Wiley-Blackwell Press. (with D. Kronenfeld)
2011 author: A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia: Monarchy, Democracy, and The Architecture of the Mind. In D. Kronenfeld, G. Bennardo, V. DeMunck, and M Fisher (Eds.) A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology pp. 489-512. Wiley-Blackwell Press
2011 author: “Salience of Verticality and Horizontality in American and Tongan Kinship Terminology” In Bojka Milicic and Douglas Jones (Eds.) Kinship, Language, and Prehistory: Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies, pp. 173-191 Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press. (with Dwight Read, UCLA)
Book Reviews (last six years):
2011 author On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific Island Nation by Niko Besnier, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. In Journal of Anthropological Research, 67, 3., 107, 3: 516-517.
Dr. Giovanni Bennardo
Department of Anthropology
Grant Tower South A - 515
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Fall 2015 Office Hours
ANTH 220 MW 2:00 - 3:15pm (DU 140)
ANTH 435/535 - GEOG 435x/535x 3:30 - 4:45pm (RH 205)