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Polly Weissner

Polly WeissnerDistinguished Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Utah
Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Utah
Email: wiessner@soft-link.com
Phone: 801/581-5757

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, BAANTR, Sarah Lawrence College.
  • Bachelor of Arts, SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, DANTR, University Of Michigan Ann Arb.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARB.
  • Bachelor of Arts, SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARB

Honors & Awards

  • Elected to National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, 05/01/2014
  • Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award, University of Utah , 05/2009

In the Media

  • 'Vengeance' Bites Back at Jared Diamond by Michael Balter. Science 324(5929). . 10/15/2009.
  • A Conversation with Pauline Wiessner: Where Gifts and Stories are Crucial to Survival. New York Times Science 05/26/2009. 05/26/2009.
  • 2014Campfire stories may have spurred early societal learning. LA Times, Sept. 23 2014. 09/2014.
  • 2014Fireside tales. The Economist. September 20 2014.. 09/2014.
  • Why light bulbs have undone family ties, Times of London, Sept. 23 2014. 09/2014.
  • 2014Campfires Helped Inspire Community Culture. Alison Gopnik, Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2014.. 08/2014.
  • Turning from War to Peace in Papua New Guinea by Elizabeth Culotta, Science Magazine, vol. 337, September 28, 2012.. 09/28/2012.
  • Gifts v. Gunfire: Utah anthropologist studies how tribal customs halt wars by Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune, September 27.. 09/27/2012.
  • In New Guinea Peace comes with a Price by Bruce Bower, Science News, September 27, 2012.. 09/27/2012.
  • Profile: Pauline Wiessner. Anthropologist Brings Worlds Together.Science Magazine (AAAS).. 08/13/2010.

Languages

  • Danish. functional.
  • Enga. basic.
  • French. fluent.
  • German. functional.
  • Kung. functional.
  • Vietnamese. basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Botswana
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Namibia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Viet Nam

Teaching

Current Courses

Fall 2015

  • Undergraduate Research, ANTH 4950-016
  • Ind Res: Health Track, ANTH 4990-002
  • Faculty Consultation, ANTH 6980-015
  • Individual Research, ANTH 7910-016
  • Guided Reading, ANTH 7920-015
  • Thesis Research-PhD, ANTH 7970-014
  • Faculty Consultation, ANTH 7980-015
  • Hon Thesis/Project, HSP 4999-001
  • HSP Internship, HSP 5800-001

Summer 2015

  • Undergraduate Research, ANTH 4950-003
  • Faculty Consultation, ANTH 7980-004
  • Hon Thesis/Project, HSP 4999-001
  • HSP Internship, HSP 5800-001

Spring 2015

  • Undergraduate Research, ANTH 4950-015, Location: ( ).
  • Individual Study, ANTH 6950-014, Location: ( ).
  • Thesis Research-Masters, ANTH 6970-014, Location: ( ).
  • Faculty Consultation, ANTH 6980-014, Location: ( ).
  • Individual Research, ANTH 7910-014, Location: ( ).
  • Guided Reading, ANTH 7920-014, Location: ( ).
  • Thesis Research-PhD, ANTH 7970-014, Location: ( ).
  • Faculty Consultation, ANTH 7980-014, Location: ( ).
  • Hon Thesis/Project, HSP 4999-001
  • HSP Internship, HSP 5800-001

Publications

Search my publications on PubMed or USpace.

Presentations

  • Navigating Other Cultures, Surgical Grand Rounds, University Hospital, Utah Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2012.
  • Foreign Arms and Indigenous Intervention in Papua New Guinea invitad talk at UBC Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2012.
  • Beyond Bilas: The Enga Take Anda, Papua New Guinea. Keynote address to the American Society for Oceanists. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2012.
  • Selection pressures for the evolution of conscience: Navigating the moral hierarchy. Presented at the workshop for the Evolution of Conscience , John Templeton Foundation. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2010.
  • The War Bus: Youth, Elders and the Wages of War in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. Invited Talk for Yale Order, Confl;ict and Violence speaker series. Yale University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/16/2010.
  • The Evolution of Social Networks to Reduce Risk. Presented at the Human Uniqueness workshop. Arisona State University. Conference Paper, Presented, 02/2010.

Service

Internal Service

  • Co-Director of the Health, Society and Policy Program. 09/2003 - present. University service.

 

Last Updated: 11/28/16