American Studies

Pauline Strong

Affiliate FacultyPh.D., University of Chicago

Director of Humanities Institute, Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Women's and Gender Studieslogy
Pauline Strong


  • Phone: 512-471-8524
  • Office: SAC 4.130
  • Office Hours: Fall 2014: Mondays 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200


Cultural, historical, feminist anthropology. Identity and difference. Politics of representation. Public culture. Youth organizations. Museum studies. US, Indigenous North America.


Pauline Strong received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colorado College and graduate degrees in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.  She has published on the representation of Native American cultures and identities in North American literature, scholarship, film, art, museums, sports events, legislation, social movements, and youth organizations. Her current research concerns the role that 20th-century youth organizations played in the development of racialized and gendered U.S. citizens.

She is the author of American Indians and the American Imaginary: Cultural Representation Across the Centuries (2012) and Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives (1999). She is also co-editor (with Sergei Kan) of New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, Representations (2006). Her articles appear in journals and anthologies in the fields of American Studies, cultural studies, history, media studies, Native American Studies, and sports studies as well as anthropology.

She currently directs the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, which offers a variety of programs  for intellectual engagement across the campus and community. Previously she served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology and Councilor of the American Society for Ethnohistory.  Her community service includes serving as President and Director of the Board of the Balcones Council of Camp Fire USA.

Undergraduate courses

  • Research and Writing Culture (FS 301)
  • Cultural Anthropology (ANT 301)
  • Indians of the American Southwest (ANT 322M/AMS 321)
  • American Indian Cultures North of Mexico (ANT 336L/AMS 321)
  • Peoples of the North (ANT/CREES)

Graduate courses

  • Introduction to Graduate Social Anthropology (ANT 392)
  • Introduction to Graduate Feminist Anthropology and Archaeology (ANT 391)
  • Indigenous Cultural Politics (ANT 394)
  • History and Culture of Youth Organizations (ANT 391/RGK)
  • Representation (ANT 394)
  • Workshop in Theory and Method (ANT 391)

Dissertations Supervised on Cultures in the U.S. and U.S./Mexico Borderlands

  • David Samuels, “A Sense of the Past: Music, Place, and History on the San Carlos Apache Reservation,” 1998. Honorable Mention, Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Barbara Burton, “Telling Survival Stories: Women, Violence, Families and Recovery in an American Community,” 1999.
  • Stephanie May, “Performances of Identity: Alabama-Coushatta Tourism, Powwows, and Everyday Life,” 2001.
  • John Bodinger de Uriarte, "The Museum and the Casino: Imagining the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Representational Space," 2003.
  • Kimberley Anderson, “Bilingual Education and the Politics of Cultural Citizenship in California Pre- and Post-Proposition 227," 2003. Best Dissertation Award, Council for the Anthropology of Education.
  • Anthony Webster, “Navajo Poetry, Linguistic Ideology and Identity: The Case of an Emergent Literary Tradition," 2004.
  • Leighton Peterson, “Technology, Ideology, and Emergent Communicative Practices among the Navajo," 2006. Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Jennifer Karson.  "Bringing It Home: Instituting Culture, Claiming History, and Managing Change in a Plateau Tribal Museum," 2007.
  • Christine Labuski.  "'It Hurts Down There': An Ethnographic Analysis of a Genital Pain Syndrome," 2008.
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne Leflore, "The Force of Devotion: Performing a Transnational Spirituality," 2009.
  • Linda Peche Ho, "Searching for the Spirit(s) of Diasporic Viet Nam: Appeasing the Ancestors and Articulating Cultural Citizenship," 2013


AMS F321 • Natv Amer Culs North Of Mexico

81658 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTH 100pm-300pm SAC 4.174
(also listed as ANT F336L)

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