Douglas D. Anderson Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

In 1960 Anderson graduated in Anthropology (major) and Geology (minor) from the University of Washington before going to Brown University as the first graduate student in the field of anthropology thee, with a focus in Arctic anthropology. After his MA in 1962 he spent a Fulbright year in Denmark studying Arctic collections at the Nationalmuseet and excavating in Godthaab Fjord, Greenland. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Ph.D. 1967. He began teaching at Brown University in 1965, and in 1973 developed the department's Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies, located at the university's Haffenreffer Museum of anthropology, Bristol Rhode Island.
In the 1970's he expanded his research interests to include Southeast Asia, with a focus on Pleistocene and Early-Middle Holocene archaeology.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

Archaeology, ethnography, hunter-gatherer ecology, environmental management in taditional societies, ethnonationalism, North America, Circum Arctic, Southeast Asia.

research statement

His research interests include the archaeology and ethnology of northern peoples, with multiple field projects in northwestern Alaska, and the early archaeology of Southeast Asia, with field projects in cave and rock shelter sites along the Andaman Sea coast of Thailand.

funded research

1998-99: Early to Middle Holocene Archaeology in Southwestern Thailand. National Research Council of Thailand. $20,000
1998: Early to Middle Holocene Archaeology in Southwestern Thailand. Salomon Faculty Research Award, Brown University. $5000
1995-96: Archaeology of Sapun Creek, Upper Noatak River, Northwest Alaska. National Park Service. $30,000
1993-94: Ethnoarchaeology and Ethnohistory of the Selawik River Valley. Northwest Arctic Borough. $10,000
1992: Archaeology of the Dealfall Syncline Coal District, Northwest Alaska. North Slope Borough. $50,000
1992: Ethnoarchaeology and Ethnohistory of the Upper Kobuk Valley. Northwest Arctic Borough. $50,000
1991-93: Human Substance Practices in Response to Environmental Fluctuations in Northwest Alaska Over the Last Millennium. NSF Grant. $225,000
1991: Archaeology of the Upper Kobuk Valley, Alaska. Northwest Arctic Borough. $10,000
1989: Research grant, "Prehistoric Archaeology in Southeastern Thailand." National Geographic Society, Supplement. Academic Awards. $4000
1989-90: Research grant, Prehistoric Archaeology in Southeastern Thailand. Fulbright Research Fellowship.
1983-85: Research grant, "Prehistoric Archaeology in Southwestern Thailand," National Geographic Society. $17,000
1982-83: Research grant, "Adolescence in Cross-cultural Perspective" (National Institute of Health Grant: Beatrice and John Whiting, Principal Investigators).
1982-88: Research Grant, "Early Man in Northwest Alaska: Phase 1, Geological Background." National Science Foundation. Extended for "Phase 2, Archeological Testing." 1984-85. $75,000
1980-85: Research contract, "Analysis of Archaeological Materials from the Onion Portage Site, Alaska," U.S. National Park Service. $50,000
1981: Research contract, "Archeological Survey of the Selawik Farm Site and Environs, Alaska," U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage. $7,000
1979: Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to U.S.S.R., U.S. Government.
1977: Research contract, "Archeological Survey of the Proposed Cape Krusenstern and Kobuk River National Monuments, Alaska," U.S. National Park Service. $56,000
1976-77: Research contract, "Kobuk and Selawik River Eskimo Subsistence," U.S. National Park Service. $5000
1975: Research contract, "Kobuk River Eskimo Subsistence," U.S. National Park Service. $7000
1971-72: Research grant, "Continuity and Change in Eskimo Tools and Manufacturing Techniques," Wenner- Gren Postdoctoral Museum Research Fellowship. $17,000
1968-71: Research grant, "Writing and Analysis of the Archaeology of Onion Portage, Alaska," National Science Foundation. $56,000
1966-67: Research grant, "The Archaeology and Paleoecology of Onion Portage, Alaska," National Science Foundation. $125,000
1964: Research grant, "Archaeological Survey of the Noatak Drainage, North Alaska," University Museum and University of Pennsylvania. $7000