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Blackwood, Evelyn


Biographical Information

Evelyn Blackwood is a professor emerita in the Anthropology Department at Purdue University. Blackwood earned a Bachelors in Psychology fromKing's College in New York before shifting her academic focus to Anthropology. She earned an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.

Blackwood joined the faculty of the Anthropology Department at Purdue University in 1994 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, Professor in 2010, and Professor Emerita in 2017. Blackwood's research focuses on gender and sexuality as a lens for examining kinship, identity, globalization, transnationalism, and social movements. Much of her research has focused on a matrilineal society in West Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as the complexities of social construction of gender in Southeast Asia and the United States.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Blackwood has been committed to the advancement of gender and queer studies in Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, and in various leadership capacities for the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (now the Associationo of Queer Anthropologists). Additionally, Blackwood is a founding board member of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society. At Purdue, Blackwood has served on the University Senate and the Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee. She also served as a Diversity Catalyst in support of the ADVANCE Project and on the CLA Sexual Harassment Advisors Network.

Within the field of Anthropology, Blackwood's scholarship is well recognized for its seminal contributions to anthropological studies of gender and sexuality. Three of her books have been awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize (in 2000, 2007, and 2011). She was also awarded Purdue's Title IX Distinguished Service Award in 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the award. Blackwood has published 5 books on gender and sexuality, a cultural anthropology textbook, and dozens of journal articles and book chapters.



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Evelyn Blackwood papers

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