WelschRobert L. Welsch, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Coordinator, Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Department; Behavioral Sciences Division

PH.D. Anthropology, University of Washington
M.A. Anthropology, University of Washington 
B.A. Anthropology, Northwestern University 


Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Applied Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Culture Through Film
  • Culture and International Business
  • Culture of Money
  • Anthropology of Art
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures of Oceania
  • Peoples and Cultures of Europe
  • Anthropological Theory and Ethics

Professional Memberships:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Northeast Anthropological Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
  • Pacific Art Association

New GuineaResearch Interests:

Anthropology of art, museum collections, medical anthropology, symbolism, regional anthropology, history of anthropology, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Publications (select):

  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Anthropology. (McGraw-Hill, 2008, with Kirk M. Endicott)
  • Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea (Hood Museum of Art, 2006, with Virginia-Lee Webb & Sebastine Haraha)
  • Exploring World Art. (Waveland, 2006, with Eric Venbrux & Pamela S. Rosi)
  • Hunting the Gatherers: Ethnographic Collectors, Agents and Agency in Melanesia, 1870s-1930s (Berghahn, 2002)
  • An American Anthropologist in Melanesia: A. B. Lewis and the Joseph N. Field South Pacific Expedition, 1909-1913 (University of Hawaii Press, 1998)

Presentations:  

  • 2012 Hays Memorial Lecture, Buffalo Museum of ScienceGuinea Art
  • 2011 Northeast Anthropological Association, Franklin Pierce University, “Using Museum Collections to Interpret the Disruptions of World War II on the North Coast of New Guinea”
  • 2011 Dartmouth College, “Contemporary Art in Papua New Guinea.”
  • 2010 American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, “Using Museum Collections to Interpret the Social Disruptions of World War II.”
  • 2009 Vermont Humanities Council, “Eating Symbols: An Anthropologist Looks at the Foods We Eat.”
  • 2009 Amherst College, Department of Anthropology, “Using Museum Collections to Understand Cultural Diversity in Papua New Guinea”
  • 2008 American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, “Is It Conversion?: Religious Tensions After the Aitape Coast Tsunami of 1998.”
  • 2007 De Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, “Indigenous Curation of Contemporary Art in Papua New Guinea: The Chimbu Painters of Port Moresby.”
  • 2007 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea.”
  • 2007 De Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, “Dancing Spirits: Art of the Papuan Gulf in the Jolika Collection.”


Major Museum Exhibitions:

  • 2006 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, “Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea.”
  • 2006-2007 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art in the Papuan Gulf.”

Guinea PotterConferences Attended (select):

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Northeast Anthropological Association (Program Chair 2011)

Grants Received:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Fulbright Dissertation Grant
  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship

Service (at Franklin Pierce University):

  • Coordinator, Department of Anthropology
  • 2010-2013 Chair, Rindge Undergraduate Institutional Review Board (RISC)
  • Member, University Computer Advisory Committee (UCAC)
  • Member, International Studies Committee

LonghouseOther Affiliations:

  • Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
  • Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  • Adjunct Curator, Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL.

Contact Information:
Phone: 603.899.4161
Email: welschr@franklinpierce.edu