Six Decades at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Tag: Museum Studies (Page 2 of 2)

The author took courses in Museum Studies or other museum-related fields before or during their time with the Haffenreffer Museum.

Rebecca L. Upton, Ph.D., M.P.H. – Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, DePauw University, Affiliated Faculty, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

I came to Brown in 1992 with undergraduate degrees in Africana studies and Sociology & Anthropology – I knew I was going to work in the African continent for my dissertation fieldwork and was interested in gender and health – but my interest in African arts and museum studies in general were sparked by my work at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the collections opportunities I received.  

During my time at Brown (1992-1999) I focused in medical and demographic anthropology and conducted my fieldwork in southern Africa, and in Botswana in particular.  My research is on HIV/AIDS and fertility and I have continued this work for over the past two decades.  What was clear from the very start of my work was that one of the best ways in which I could learn about the community, about the ins and outs of everyday life, of intimacies and lives was through learning what women do.  In northern Botswana this meant learning about basket making.

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E. James Dixon, Ph.D – Emeritus Professor of Anthropology & former Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

I arrived at Brown University in the fall of 1972 after driving an old truck from Fairbanks, Alaska, down the Alcan Highway and across Canada to Providence.  I made the journey with my future wife, Mim Harris. I had just finished my Master’s degree at the University of Alaska and a Marshall Fellowship at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen the previous year. My journey to Brown University followed the path of Louis Giddings, a renowned Arctic archeologist and first director of the Haffenreffer Museum.  

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