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Pauline Strong

Professor Ph.D., University of Chicago

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


  • Phone: 512-471-8524
  • Office: EPS 1.140
  • Office Hours: Fall 2014: Mondays 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200


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.


Courses relevant to CREES

  • Research and Writing Culture (FS 301)
  • Cultural Anthropology (ANT 301)
  • Peoples of the North (ANT/CREES)
  • Introduction to Graduate Social Anthropology (ANT 392)
  • Introduction to Graduate Feminist Anthropology and Archaeology (ANT 391)
  • Indigenous Cultural Politics (ANT 394)
  • Representation (ANT 394)
  • Workshop in Theory and Method (ANT 391)

Dissertations Supervised in Eastern European Studies

  • Claudia Campeanu, "Material Desires: Cultural Production, Post-Socialist Transformation, and Heritage Tourism in a Transylvanian Town," 2008.
  • Halide Velioglu, "Bosniak Sentiments: The Poetic and Muncane Life of Impossible Longings," 2011


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