Anthony Balzano

Current job title: Professor of anthropology and sociology / Sussex County Community College, Newton

Local: Sussex County College Faculty Federation (Local 4780)

Career highlights/achievements: Teaching anthropology since 1983, first at Rutgers University and, since 1989, at Sussex County Community College with an emphasis on antiracism, sociocultural hierarchy and the construction of gender. Founding member of AFT Local 4780 in 1992. Served the NJSFT (now AFTNJ) executive board from 1996-2012. Doctorate based on fieldwork conducted in the Republic of Haiti. Completed a tour of duty with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Eswatini.  

Why I’m a warrior for social justice: Anti-racism is central to my anthropology curriculum since 1983, and I have led the struggle for inclusiveness and diversity awareness on my campus since 1988. The growing awareness of need for social justice over the past four years is welcomed, and I am more than pleased to be a warrior for the cause.