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About Kathryn Weedman Arthur

RESEARCH: Kathryn has been studying the peoples of southern Ethiopia and their material culture for the last 20 years. Her research focuses on exploring how knowledge and technology are learned and embedded in specific cultural constructs such as gender, religion, and caste. In particular, she advocates avenues for revealing in the past the agency of women and historically disenfranchised populations.
FUNDING: Fulbright, Leakey Foundation grant, National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and several National Science Foundation grants
AWARDS: Kathryn recently received the Gordon R. Willey Prize (2012, Archaeology Division American Anthropological Association) and the Exemplary Cross-Field Prize (2011 General Anthropology Division American Anthropological Association) for her article Feminine Knowledge and Skill Reconsidered: Women and Flaked Stone Tools published in American Anthropologist.  In addition, she has been awarded USFSP Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and the Chancellor's Award for Service
JOURNAL: Kathryn co-founded the journal Ethnoarchaeology with Liam Frink. 


Present Associate Professor, University of South Florida

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service
  • 2012 Gordon R. Willey Prize. American Anthropological Association. Archaeology Division
  • 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship
  • 2011 Exemplary Cross-Fields Scholarship. American Anthropological Association. General Anthropology Division.


M.A., University of Texas at Austin ‐ Anthropology
B.A., University of Texas at Austin ‐ Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Florida ‐ Anthropology

Contact Information

Phone: (727)-873-4858
(727) 873-4522 (lab)
Office: Davis 202, Lab: Davis 201


Peer Reviewed Articles (21)

Books & Book Chapters (9)