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Pauline Strong

Core FacultyPh.D., University of Chicago

Director of Humanities Institute, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
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.

Graduate courses In Women's and Gender Studies

  • Introduction to Graduate Feminist Anthropology and Archaeology (ANT 391)
  • History and Culture of Youth Organizations (ANT 391)
  • Representation (ANT 394)

Dissertations Supervised in Women's and Gender Studies

  • Barbara Burton, “Telling Survival Stories: Women, Violence, Families and Recovery in an American Community,” 1999.
  • Christine Labuski.  "'It Hurts Down There': An Ethnographic Analysis of a Genital Pain Syndrome," 2008.
  • Marina del Sol, “Solitary Girls: Longing Among Wards of the State,” 2011.


WGS 393 • Intro Graduate Feminist Anthro

48236 • Spring 2014
Meets M 900am-1200pm SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANT 392S)

WGS 393 • Representation

47540 • Spring 2013
Meets M 200pm-500pm SAC 4.118
(also listed as ANT 391)

This seminar considers theories of representation current in anthropology, women’s studies, and other disciplines as well as a variety of representational practices, especially the representation of collective selves and others in ethnographic narratives, collections, and displays.  Among topics to be confronted are the politics and poetics of representation; representation and historical memory; the relationship of representation to objectification and appropriation; postmodern and postcolonial crises of representation; and contemporary experiments in representation.

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