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Anthropology and Museum Studies

J. Hope Amason

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Assistant Professor, Interim Director Museum of Culture and Environment

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arkansas, 2009
M.A. Anthropology, University of Arkansas, 2005
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Hendrix College, 2002
B.A. Art, Hendrix College, 2002

Office: Dean Hall 351

Phone: 509-963-1836

(see full CV)

Interests & Expertise

Political economy and globalization, politics of representation, race, class, and gender, museums, memorials, and heritage sites, tourism studies, Appalachia, US South.

Courses Taught

ANTH 130: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 360: Introduction to Museum Studies
ANTH 361: Museum Exhibit Design
ANTH 362: Musuem Curation and Management
ANTH 363: Culture and Economy
ANTH 398: Economic  Anthropology
ANTH 446: Anthropology of Globalization
ANTH 458: Senior Survey in Anthropology
ANTH 451: History and Theory of Anthropology
ANTH 460: Meaning in a Material World
ANTH 463: Learning in Museums

Selected Publications & Paper Presentations

In prep. "Getting lost in Gatlinburg: How service workers and others 'make do' in a tourist town."

2016. "We've no less days to sing God's praise: Flexible worship in an Appalachian tourist resort." Society for the Anthropology of North America, Halifax, NS.

2016. "Artisanal outlaws: Performing precarity in Gatlinburg's moonshine distilleries." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Seattle, WA.

2015. "Uncertain lives: Neoliberalism and the shaping of home among service workers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee." North American Dialogue. Vol. 18(1): 1-15.

2015. "Secrets in the still: The paradox of legal moonshine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

2014. "Patriotism and protest and Gatlinburg's 4th of July midnight parade." American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C.

2014. "Particles on the wall at the Museum of Culture & Environment." Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

2013. Where there's fire: Wildfires in Central Washington. Exhibit at Museum of Culture & Environment, September 2013 - March 2014.

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