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About Laura Bathurst

Dr. Laura Bathurst is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Modern Languages (Spanish) from Kansas State University and her MA and Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she has long been interested in indigenous issues. Her dissertation, "Reconfiguring Identities: Tacana Retribalization in Bolivia's Amazon Basin" reflects this interest. Dr. Bathurst has conducted research in Bolivia, Spain, and the United States. Her research and teaching interests include indigenous South Americans, identity, power and control, development, linguistic anthropology, intercultural communication, and cross-cultural adjustment and reentry. At Pacific, she teaches classes in anthropology and international studies and assists with the continual development and implementation of Pacific's innovative integrated pre-departure orientation and reentry program for students studying abroad.


2011 - Present Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of the Pacific School of International Studies
2009 - 2014 Academic Director, Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations, University of the Pacific School of International Studies
2008 - 2011 Assistant Editor, Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America
2005 - 2011 Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific School of International Studies
2008 - 2009 Acting Director, Pacific Institute of Cross Cultural Training, University of the Pacific School of International Studies
2004 - 2005 Visiting Lecturer, Kansas State University ‐ Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
1998 - 2004 Editorial Board Member, University of California - Berkeley ‐ Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (support years: 1998-1999, 2000-2002)
  • Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (support year: 1997-1998)
  • Frances C. Allen Fellowship for Women of American Indian Heritage, for archival research at the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois on Tacana Ethnogenesis (2006)
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Summer Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (1998)
  • Pacific Fund Grants for travel to NSF-funded SCRM course (2013)
  • summer research assistant (2010)
  • presentation at 53rd Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, Mexico City, Mexico, (2009), participation in conference on genocide in Kigali, Rwanda, (2008)
  • Scholarly/Artistic Activity Grant, University of the Pacific, for systematization of field data (2006)
  • Writing in the Disciplines Grant for Improved Writing Instruction, University of the Pacific (2007)
  • CAPD Travel & Small Projects Grant (with S. Sample) Project: Cross Cultural Training Library (2007)
  • Faculty Innovation Award. Project: Podcasting Lab (2006)
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year, School of International Studies, (2008, 2009)
  • Outstanding Contribution from a Faculty Member, School of International Studies (2007)


December 2005 Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California - Berkeley
January 1999 M.A., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California - Berkeley
May 1997 Dual B.A., Anthropology & Modern Languages (Spanish), Kansas State University

Contact Information

Office Location: George Wilson Hall, Room 102
Phone: 209.946.3181


Books and Book Chapters (6)

Books and book chapters authored or edited by Dr. Laura A. Bathurst.

Articles (7)

Journal articles written by Dr. Laura A. Bathurst.

Presentations (25)

Conference proceedings, presentations, lectures and symposium given by Dr. Laura A. Bathurst.