Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, and her research collaborator, Frederick Errington, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., were jointly named honorary fellows of the Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania (ASAO) at the organization’s annual meeting Feb. 9 to 12. Including Gewertz and Errington, the distinction is currently held by 16 scholars in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the field of social anthropology in Oceania.
“I am especially honored to receive this award because it comes from the scholars of the Pacific who know my work best,” commented Gewertz.
At Amherst, Gewertz teaches courses on social anthropology, visual anthropology, anthropology and gender and the anthropology of food. She holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York and has done extensive fieldwork in Papua New Guinea since the 1970s. She is the author, with Errington, of Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts: Representing the Chambri in a World System (1991), Yali's Question: Sugar, Culture, and History (2004) and Cheap Meat: Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands (2009), among other books about the people of Papua New Guinea. The authors’ research for Cheap Meat was funded in part by a 2006 grant from the National Science Foundation.