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About Sam Pack

Sam Pack is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kenyon. His research interests address the relationship between media and culture and specifically focus on an anthropological approach to the production and reception of television, film, photographs, and new media. In this capacity, he has conducted ethnographic studies among school-aged children in inner city Philadelphia, middle-class families in suburban Pennsylvania and New Mexico, and adults in two different Native American communities (Navajo Nation and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community).
More recently, he has undertaken research and/or film projects in Central America (Honduras and Costa Rica), the Arctic (Labrador, Canada), the Middle East (West Bank, Palestine), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines), and East Asia (South Korea and Japan). Dr. Pack has held visiting appointments in universities and research institutes in India, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Palestine, the Philippines, and South Korea. His current major research project explores what has now been referred to as the "Korean Wave" or "hallyu" to describe the phenomenon by which South Korean media exports, such as cinematic films, television dramas, and popular music, are spreading throughout Asia and, increasingly, the world.
Dr. Pack has authored over forty articles published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He has completed two manuscripts (Television Through Navajo Eyes: Situating Reception in Everyday Life and Vis-à-Vis: The Life History as Dialogue) as well as two films (Celebrating Semana Santa: Change, Conflict, and Continuity in Rural Honduras (with Said Zagha '11) and Water Puppetry in Vietnam: An Ancient Tradition in a Modern World (with Caleb Bissinger '13). Another manuscript titled Ethnographic Media: History and Practice (co-authored with Jayasinhji Jhala) is under contract with the University of Toronto Press.
Dr. Pack teaches a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology, visual anthropology, Native American Studies, and narrative history. He currently serves as the Book Review Editor for Visual Anthropology, the flagship journal in the field, as well as the Associate Editor (Culture Division) for De Gruyter Publishing where he is editing a book series on "Media and Culture." Dr. Pack is the grateful recipient of the ASIANetwork Freeman Award for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research (2010 and 2016), Alpha Delta Phi's Outstanding Teaching Award (2011), Next Generation Libraries Grant (2012), GLCA New Directions Initiative Grant (2013), Fulbright Specialists Grant (2013 and 2016), POSCO TJ Park Foundation Research Grant for Asian Studies (2014), and Academy of Korean Studies Research Grant (2015).


Present Associate Professor of Anthropology, Kenyon College

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