Robert L. Welsch

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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BA, Anthropology, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 1972

MA, Anthropology, University of Washington (Seattle, WA), 1976


PhD, Anthropology, University of Washington (Seattle, WA), 1982

Phone: (603) 398-8252
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Courses Taught
  • AN101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • AN105 Culture Through Film
  • AN120 Culture and International Businessb
    AN201 Introduction to Applied Anthropology and Ethnographic Fieldwork
  • AN205 Culture of Money
  • AN240 Contagions, Epidemics, and the Anthropology of Public Health
  • AN314 Peoples and Cultures of Oceania
  • AN323 Anthropology of Religion
  • AN325 Medical Anthropology
  • AN330 Anthropology of Art
  • AN423 Anthropology of Public Health
  • AN412 Peoples and Cultures of Europe
  • AN482 Anthropological Theory and Ethics
  • AN485 Anthropology Portfolio
  • AN490 Honors Thesis in Anthropology
  • GLE101 First Year Inquiry
  • GLE125 Introduction to the Social Sciences
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Museum Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • History of Anthropology
  • Economic Anthropology

Honors & Awards

1997: Morton H. Fried Prize for best interdisciplinary article in the American Anthropology (with John Terrell & John Nadolski)

1992: Antiquity Prize for best article in Antiquity (with John Terrell)


Publications and Presentations

Welsch, Robert L. and Luis A. Vivanco. 2017. Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions about Humanity. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press. (scheduled for release Nov 2017)

Welsch, Robert L. and Luis A. Vivanco. 2017. Anthropology: Asking Questions about Human Origins, Diversity, and Culture. First Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Welsch, Robert L. and Luis A. Vivanco. 2016. Asking Questions about Cultural Anthropology: A Concise Introduction. First Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Welsch, Robert L. and Kirk M. Endicott, eds. 2012. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Anthropology. 5th Edition. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.

Welsch, Robert L. and Kirk M. Endicott, eds. 2006. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Cultural Anthropology. 2nd Edition. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.

Welsch, Robert L., Virginia-Lee Webb, and Sebastian Haraha. 2006. Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea. Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art. [To accompany the exhibition Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea at the Hood Museum of Art, March-Sept. 2006, which traveled to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 2006- Nov 2007.]

Venbrux, Erik, Pamela S. Rosi, and Robert L. Welsch, eds. 2006. Exploring World Art. Long Grove, IL: Waveland.
 
Herle, Anita N., Nick Stanley, Karen Stevenson, and Robert L. Welsch, eds. 2002. Pacific Art: Persistence, Change, and Meaning. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. [Papers from the Pacific Arts Association held at Field Museum in Sept. 1999 and organized by R. L. Welsch.]

O'Hanlon, Michael and Robert L. Welsch, eds. 2000. Hunting the Gatherers: Ethnographic Collectors, Agents, and Agency in Melanesia 1870s-1930s. Oxford: Berghahn.
 
Welsch, Robert L., ed. 1998. An American Anthropologist in Melanesia: A. B. Lewis and the Joseph N. Field South Pacific Exedition, 1909-1913. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. (2 volumes)

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Northeast Anthropological Association
  • Association for the Social Anthropology of Oceania
  • Council for Museum Anthropology

Conferences Attended

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Northeastern Anthropology Association
  • Association for the Social Anthropology of Oceania
  • Pacific Arts Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology

 

Grants Received

  • Two Fulbright Fellowships for research in Papua New Guinea 1977-1979 and Indonesia 1985-1987
  • Six National Science Foundation grants, 1977-2009.
  • Three National Endowment for the Humanities grants, 1993-1996.
  • Three grants awarded from National Endowment for the Arts, 1992-2000.
  • Conference Grant from Wenner-Gren Foundation for Pacific Arts Association conference at The Field Museum in Chicago, 1999.
  • Five grants from New Hampshire Department of Historic Resources, for the Lebanon, NH Heritage Commission 2011-2018.

Service

Academic:

  • Pacific Arts Association (Secretary-Treasurer and Program Chair 1998-2000)
  • Northeastern Anthropological Association (Program Chair and conference host: 2004, 2011, 2015)
  • Panelist for NSF, NEH.
  • External Examiner, Dissertation committee, University of Sydney.

Community:

  • Chair, Lebanon Heritage Commission, Lebanon, NH, since 2006
  • Curator, Lebanon Historical Society, 2005-2011

Institution:

  • Rindge Council (member 2014-2020, Secretary 2016-2017)
  • FPU Academic Senate (Member 2016-2017)
  • Rindge Undergraduate Institutional Review Board (RISC) (Chair 2012-2018, Member 2011-2012)
  • General Liberal Education Committee (Member 2014-2018)