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Anthropology and Museum Studies

Lene Pedersen

Lene Pedersen

Associate Professor

Interests and Expertise: Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, Symbolic Anthropology, Ecological Anthropology, Ritual, Social Organization, Post-Colonialism, Southeast Asia, Circumpolar North, Natural Resource Management, Southeast Asia (Indonesia), Circumpolar North, East Africa.

Areas: Southeast Asia (Indonesia), Circumpolar North, East Africa.

Office: Dean Hall 345

Educational Background

  • 2002 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 1995-1996 Falcon Program in Indonesia, Cornell University, New York
  • 1990 B.A., with Honors & Summa Cum Laude, Anthropology and Foreign Languages, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Alaska

Teaching and Research Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University, Sept. 2007-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University, Sept. 2002-2007.
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Southeast Asian Fellowship Program, Jan. 2003-Sept. 2003.
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, SUNY at Alfred, New York, +1999-2002.
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Alfred University, New York, 2000.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, 1994.

Affiliations and Appointments

Book Chapters/Articles/Review Essays

  • 2007. w/ Kathleen Barlow. Collecting the ‘Other’: From Cultural Expressions to World-Class Art," Review Essay of New Guinea Art: Masterpieces of the Jolika Collection from Marcia and John Friede, by Philippe Peltier, Dirk Smidt, Robert Welsch; with 1,250 photographs by John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler. Museum Anthropology, September 25
  • 2007. An Ancestral Keris, Balinese Kingship, and A Modern Presidency, in What's the Use of Art? Functions, Movements, and Memories of Asian "Art Objects", Mrazek, Jan and Morgan Pitelka, eds. P; 214-237. Hawaii University Press.
  • 2007. Responding to Indonesian Decentralization: A Perspective from a Balinese Princedom, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 8, No. 3, Sept. Pp. 197-215.
  • 2006. Ritual and World Change in a Balinese Princedom. Carolina Academic Press. Ritual and World Change in a Balinese Princedom Cover Link to full details.
  • 2005. Discussion of Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin: On Irrigation and The Balinese State. Current Anthropology, vol. 46, Number 2.
  • 2002. Ambiguous Bleeding: Purity and Sacrifice in Bali. Ethnology special issue on Blood Mysteries: Beyond Menstruation as “Pollution,” vol. XLI, No. 4.

Book Reviews

  • 2007. The Fourth Circle: A Political Ecology of Sumatra’s Rainforest Frontier. John F. McCarthy. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2006. 353 pp. American Anthropologist, June.
  • 2006. Timothy Asch and Ethnographic Film. By E.D. Lewis, Ed. American Anthropologist, November.
  • 2004. Women in Indonesia: Gender, Equity and Development. By Kathy Robinson and Sharon Bessell, eds. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAJPA) Vol 5 No. 2.
  • 2003. Paths of origin, gates of life: A study of place and precedence in Southwest Timor. By Andrew McWilliam. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002. Asian Studies Review 27, No. 3.
  • Review of Custodians of the Sacred Mountains: Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali. By Thomas Reuter. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002. Forthcoming in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, April 2003.

Video Under Preparation

  • Ancestral Deification in the Highlands of Bali.

Courses Taught at CWU

  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Cultural & Video Studies Program); Visual Anthropology Lab; Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective (also in Women Studies Program); Southeast Asia;Ecology and Culture; Ethnology; Principles & Assessment; Resource Conflicts (in development); Development Anthropology (in development)
  • Resource Management Graduate Program: Introduction to Graduate Research; Colloquium

Office: 326 Farrell Hall
Phone: 963-3211
Fax: 963-3215
Email: pedersenl@cwu.edu