Efird Named to Public Intellectuals Program

September 2, 2014

Rob Efird, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, was among 20 individuals selected for the National Committee on United States-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program (PIP). PIP participants are American China scholars and specialists from a variety of disciplines who seek to engage with the public and policy community on issues pertaining to U.S.-China relations.

PIP is a two-year appointment that is designed to enhance the quality of American public understanding of China by strengthening links among American academics, policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public. PIP fellows gain access to senior policymakers and experts in both the United States and China.

“It is an honor to be part of this program that brings together academicians and policy practitioners and promotes public education to engage the broader community in policy debates at national, regional, and local levels,” Efird said.

Efird received his PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He has spent over a decade in China and Japan and is proficient in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Since 2006, his research has focused on assessing and assisting environmental education initiatives in mainland China’s Yunnan Province, Japan, and the Seattle area.

Efird’s research has appeared in distinguished journals, including the Journal of Japanese Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and Anthropological Quarterly. His most recent book Schooling for Sustainable Development Across the Pacific, co-edited with John Chin-Kin Lee, was published earlier this year. Included in the book is his chapter “Closing the Green Gap: Policy and Practice in Chinese Environmental Education.”

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees.