Professor Kathryn Dudley featured in Yale News Take 5

February 7, 2014

Yale News “Take 5” recently featured an interview with Professor Kate Dudley.  Professor Dudley discusses her most recent research, teaching experiences, and other interests.  She is a full professor and holds a joint appointment in Anthropology and American Studies.  The full transcript can be found here.


Kathryn Marie Dudley is Professor of Anthropology and American Studies. She is an anthropologist of American culture, recognized for her work on economic dislocation, the globalization of industry, and social trauma. She is the author ofThe End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America (1994) andDebt and Dispossession: Farm Loss in America’s Heartland (2000), ethnographic community studies of deindustrialization and the farm crisis, respectively. She is co-editor with Mary Margaret Overbey of Anthropology and Middle Class Working Families: A Future Research Agenda (2000) and has made a video documentary of land loss in the rural South, Black Farmers and the Case of Pigford v. Glickman (2004). Her current research examines the renaissance of artisanal craft production in North America since the 1960s, focusing on builders of handmade acoustic guitars. Dudley is the recipient of the 1995 Harry Chapin Media Award for Best Book, the 1995 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Best Book, and the 2000 Margaret Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for anthropological work that reaches a broadly concerned public. She teaches courses on market economies, ethnographic writing, and interdisciplinary approaches to community studies.