Catherine Besteman

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology

Colby College

Catherine Besteman is the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She received her BA from Amherst College, and her MA and PhD from the University of Arizona, and has taught at Colby College since 1994. She completed an ACLS Fellowship at the Heyman Center for the Humanities during the 2012-13 academic year, supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and ACLS. Her research is focused on the power dynamics and institutions that produce and maintain racism, inequality, and violence, with a particular interest in issues in South Africa, Somalia, and the United States. Her book Transforming Cape Town received the Leeds Honor Book Award from the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. She is currently working on a book project which examines the image of the refugee, in particular with regards to Somali refugees in the United States. She is also a strong advocate for anthropology's place in public thought, and has contributed to several books about the ways that anthropologists can and should influence public life and intellectual thought.