Wanni W. Anderson Adjunct Professor of Anthropology (Research)

Research Areas

scholarly work

2010 Mapping Thai Muslims: Community Dynamics and Change on the Andaman Coast. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books

In Two Worlds: Thai-American Trajectory. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn U. Social Research Institute

The Dall Sheep Dinner Guest: Inupiaq Narratives of Northwest Alaska. U. of Alaska Press, 2005.

Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas. Wanni W. Anderson and Robert G. Lee, eds. Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Book review: Luiza Del Guidice and Gerald Porter, eds. Imagined States: Nationalism, Utopia, and Longing in Oral Literature. For American Anthropologist, March 2003, pp 184-186, vol. 105(1).

Folktales of the Riverine and Coastal Inupiat. Northwest Arctic Borough and National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003.

Kuuvanmiut Subsistence: Traditional Eskimo Life in the 20th Century. (with Douglas D. Anderson et al.), National Park Service, Department of Interior, 1998

"Ethnicity in Action: Thai Muslim Ethnicization in the Thai Nation-State." Accepted for publication in Journal of the Siam Society, Bangkok.

research overview

Professor Anderson has research interests in comparative human development; folklore; self and identity; new ethnic group formation; refugees; diaspora and displacement; multiraciality; new Asian Americans; Asian ethnonationalism; Southeast Asia; Arctic; and Asian America.

research statement

My current research is on a new Southeast Asian-American ethnic group, the Thai Americans. It is a comparative study of the American-born group living in America and the Thailand-born group living in Bangkok ,Thailand, as biracial Americans of Thai and American parents. Another area of research is an extension of my earlier study of the Thai Muslims in southwestern Thailand, where moderate Islam is practiced. Its goal is to locate their Muslim-ness within diverse global Islamic religious practices, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Southeast Asia and their current position in Thai national politics. The book, "At the Crossroads: Thai Muslims of the Andaman Coast", has been accepted for publication by Silkworn Books, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

funded research

National Endowment for Humanities grant, to integrate Eskimo folk tales into the high school curriculum of the Northwest Arctic Borough School District and to increase students' literacy in their native Inupiaq language, creative writing skills, and critical skills. 2001-03. ($25,000)

Faculty Seminar Grants (with Robert Lee), the Francis Wayland Collegium and the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University, to organize at Brown the meeting "Diaspora and Displacement: Teaching and Researching the Asian Diaspora." 1999. ($30,000)

Research grant, Thailand National Research Council (with Douglas D. Anderson and Paiboon Pramojani), for joint archaeology, ethnography, and geomorphology project in Krabi,Thailand. 1998-99. ($20,000)

Northwest Arctic Borough's publication grant for the book, Folktales of the Riverine and CoastalInupiat , Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska. 1998. ($10,000)

UTRA Grant, Brown University, for undergraduate teaching assistant for AN25 (UC56): Growing Up Ethnic and Multicultural. 1996 ($5,000)

National Science Foundation research grant for field research in Northwest Alaska, jointly with Douglas D. Anderson, on "Human Substance Practices in Response to Environmental Fluctuations in Northwest Alaska" 1991-96. ($225,000)

Research grant to study Laotian refugees in Rhode Island, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Brown University. 1991. ($300)

Wayland Collegium Grant for course preparation, "Growing Up Ethnic and Multicultural." 1989-90. ($2,500)

Odyssey Grant of Ford Foundation to Brown University, for the preparation of a new course, "Growing Up As An Ethnic Ethnicity." Summer 1988. ($1,000)

National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, for postdoctoral training in cross-cultural studies and adolescent development, Peabody Museum Harvard University, Cambridge. 1982-83. ($30,000)

National Research Service Award, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, for postdoctoral training in human learning and behavior at the Laboratory of Human Development, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge. 1981-82. ($15,000)

Professional Associate Award in cross-cultural research, Culture-Learning Institute, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. 1978 ($3,000)

Ford Foundation Travel Grant for visiting professorship to Silpakorn University and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. 1976. ($1,000)