Nancy LutkehausProfessor of Anthropology, Gender Studies and Political Science
Phone: (213) 740-1917
Office: GFS 126
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
Princeton University Press
- Ph.D. Anthropology, Columbia University, 1/1985
- B.A. Anthropology, Barnard College / Smith College, 1/1972
- M.A. Anthropology, Columbia University
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Tenure Track Appointments
- Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California, 2007-2008
Visiting and Temporary Appointments
- Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Spring 1995
- Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1992-1993
- Getty Research Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 2009-2010
- National Endowment for the Humanities Research Scholar, School of Advanced Research (formerly School of American Research), 1997-1998
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Lutkehaus researches Melanesian gender and social organization, political and economic anthropology, religion and symbolic anthropology. Recent research involves the study of women, children, gendered missions, and the maternal behavior of Catholic nuns in Papua New Guinea. In addition to her regional interest in Oceania, she has also begun research on the role of community-based organizations in Kenya concerned with adolescent girls and HIV/AIDS. She is also interested in visual studies, especially in Western representations of Pacific Island peoples and in the display of non-Western art in Western fine art museums.
Melanesian Gender and Social Organization, Political and Economic Anthropology, Symbolic Anthropology, Art and Cultures of Oceania, Visual Culture, Ethnographic and Documentary Film
The art and cultures of Oceania. Gender in Melanesia and East Africa (Kenya in particular). Missionaries in Oceania. Margaret Mead and the history of anthropology.
Contracts and Grants Awarded
- University-Ngo Coalition-Building Initiative (UNCBI) In Nairobi and Eldoret, Kenya to Strengthen the (American Council of Education/HED), Lutkehaus, Nancy Christine, Kristin Ferguson, Eliz Sanasarian, Grace Dyrness, $125,000, 08/01/2006-10/31/2009
- Nelson A. Rockefeller and the Museum of Primitive Art (Rockefeller Archive Center), Nancy Lutkehaus, $5,000, 2008-2009
- Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. From Ethnographic Artifact to Object d'Art: Nelson A. Rockefeller, The Metropolitan Museum and the Role of "Primitive Art" in Twenthieth Century American Society: An historical case study of the social, political and cultural factors that transformed ethnographic artifacts into fine art and helped to create a new racially & culturally diverse American identity, $15,000, 2008-2009
Conferences and Other Presentations
- "Rene d'Harnoncourt and the Display of Indigenous Art", The Task of the Curator, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, University of California, Santa Cruz, Museum Studies Program, Invited, 05/13/2010-05/14/2010
- "Rene d'Harnoncourt and the Aestheticization of Indigenous Art", Getty Research Institute Seminar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 02/23/2010
- "Discovering the World: Collections, Curiosity and Evolution", College Commons Signature Event, College Commons, Leavey Library, USC, 09/17/2009
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (2008). Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Huber, M., Lutkehaus, N. C. (2000). Gendered Missions: Men and Women in Missionary Discourse and Practice, co-edited with Mary Huber, 2000. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (1995). Zaria's Fire: Engendered Moments in Manam Ethnography. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1995. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press.
- Lutkehaus, N. C., Roscoe, P. (1995). Gender Rituals: Female Initiation in Melanesia. Including Introduction and Gender Metaphors: female rituals as cultural models in Manam, 1995. New York and London: Routledge.
- Bohm, K., Lutkehaus, N. C. (1983). The Life of Some Island People of New Guinea. Berlin: Reimer Verlag.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (2009). The Curious Case of Non-Western Objects—From "Artifician Curiosities to Objects of Identity: A Discussion about Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Captain James Cook and Museums. pp. 12 pgs.. Gottingen: University of Gottingen.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (2007). "In the Way": Modernity and the New Woman in Papua New Guinea as Catholic Missionary Sister. pp. 146-167. London: Ashgate.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (2005). "Foreword" to Margaret Mead's Ruth Benedict: A Humanist in Anthropology. 30th Anniversary Edition pp. xix-xli. New York, New York: Columbia University Press.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (1990). Sepik Heritage: Tradition and Change in Papua New Guinea Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, co-edited with Christian Kaufmann, William Mitchell, Douglas Newton, Lita Osmundsen, and Meinhard Schuster, 1990.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (2008). The Society of Divine Word Missionaries: Diverse Sources of Ethnographic and Linguistic Data from the Northeast Coast of New Guinea. Ethnology. Vol. 45 (4)
- Mattingly, C., Lutkehaus, N. C., Throop, J. (2008). "Introduction" to Special Issue, "Anthropology Meets Psychology: The Role of Athropology in Jerome Bruner's Cultural Psychology. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
- Lutkehaus, N. C. (2008). "Putting Culture" into Cultural Psychology: Anthropology's Role in the Development of Jerome Bruner's Cultural Psychology. Ethos: The Journal of the Society of Psychological Anthropology.
Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works
- Video, "Finishing 'Apui's Name": Death and Mortuary Ritual on Manam Island., 1994-1995
Honors and Awards
- Getty Research Scholar, 2009-2010
- Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Member, 2007-2008
- USC Mellon Mentor Award, 2007-2008
- USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, 8/1/2005-5/31/2008
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, Research Scholar at the School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe, 1997-1998
- USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, For book, Zaria's Fire: Engendered Moments in Manam Ethnography, 1996-1997
- Fulbright Award, Doctoral Research Award to Australia, 1977-1978
Service to the University
- Chair, Department of Anthropology, 2008-2009
- Director, Gender Studies Program, 09/01/2004-08/15/2007
- Chair, Gender Studies Program, 09/2001-05/2004
- Member, USC WASC Committee, 2007-2008
- Member, USC WASC Committee, 2006-2007
- IIE Fulbright, National Selection Committee for Australia, 2009-2010
- USC Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Summer Research Scholarship Selection Committee, 2008-2009