Anthropology and Museum Studies

Kathleen Barlow


Professor, Department Chair

Areas of Specialization: Learning and Culture, Childhood, Psychological Anthropology, Museum Anthropology, Symbolism, Gender, Art and Aesthetics, Material Culture, Regional Ethnography
Areas: Melanesia, Oceania, United States.
Office: Dean Hall 356

(see full CV)

Educational Background

  • 1985 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
  • 1980 C. Phil. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
  • 1971 Elementary Teaching Credential, United States International University, San Diego
  • 1969 B.A., cum laude, English and American Literature, Pomona College

Current Courses

  • Culture and Childhood
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Museology
  • Psychological Anthropology

Selected Publications

  • 2012*  Kathleen Barlow. "Attachment and Culture in Murik Society,"  IN Cross-cultural  Challenges to Attachment Theory, Naomi Quinn and Jeannette Mageo, eds.   Accepted for publication,  Palgrave series, "Culture, Mind and Society."
  • 2010*  Kathleen Barlow and Bambi Chapin, guest editors.  Special issue of Ethos 38:4,  on “The Practice of Mothering.”  Introduction, p. 1-20. -- "Sharing Food, Sharing Values:  Mothering and Empathy in Murik Society." pp. 339-353.
  • 2009*  Kathleen Barlow and Elaine Dunbar , “Race, Class and Whiteness in Gifted and  Talented Identification:  A Case Study."  Berkeley Review of Education, 1(1)
  • 2004 *"Critiquing the 'Good Enough' Mother: A Perspective based on the Murik of Papua New Guinea" Ethos, special issue Dec.
  • 2003 Reprint of "Dialogics of Material Culture: Male and Female in Murik Outrigger Canoes." with David M. Lipset. 1997. American Ethnologist. 24(1):4-36. IN Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna S. Lincoln, The American Tradition in Qualitative Research. Sage, 2001.
  • 2002* "Beyond the Taboo: Imagining Incest." Meigs, Anna and Kathleen Barlow. American Anthropologist 104(1):38-49.
  • 2000* "Working Mothers and the Work of Culture in a Papua New Guinea Society," Ethos 29(1):1-30.
  • Guest Eds. "Logging the Southwestern Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu." 1997. Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Spring 9(1).

Selected Presentations

  • 2004 "Hiding the 'Bad' Mother". Guest lecture. CELF (Sloan Foundation, Center for the Study of Everyday Life and Families) at UCLA, Dept. of Anthropology. Feb. 11.
  • 2002 "The Sublime, the Mundane and the Ridiculous: Appreciating Sepik Art from Aesthetic, Historical and Regional Perspectives." Invited Session in honor of Douglas Newton. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.