College of Arts and Sciences


  • Fortier Joins Board of Pacific NW Canadian Studies Consortium

    September 21, 2012

    Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier has been elected as the Washington State representative on the Executive Board of the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium. The consortium fosters cooperation, joint programming, and information sharing among Canadian Studies and comparative Canadian-American Studies programs, faculty, and students in the Pacific region.  More than 40 colleges, universities, and organizations are members of the consortium.

    Fortier has explored the cultural identities of indigenous peoples throughout the world. Focusing on spiritual elements, cultural adaptation, and historic events, he has conducted field research that addressed cultural memory, resistance, environmental justice, faith, and identity. His anthropological studies have involved work with tribes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska; Mayans in Chiapas, Mexico; and peoples of the First Nations in Canada.

    Fortier received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington State University, Th.M. and M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology, M.A. from Gonzaga University, and B.A. from Simon Fraser University.  He joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 1997.

    In addition to teaching in the Department of Anthropology, Social Work and Sociology, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Theology and Ministry. He currently teaches courses in cultural anthropology, Indians of the Pacific Northwest, psychological anthropology, shamanism, anthropological theory, linguistics, religions of the oppressed, and experiences of the sacred across cultures. He recently published “Cultural Memory: Religion, Resistance and Identity” (co-authored with Professor Jeanette Rodriguez).

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees.


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