College of Arts and Sciences


  • Fortier Receives Endowed Gaffney Chair

    July 20, 2010

    Ted Fortier , Associate Professor of Anthropology, has been awarded the Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences for his work on 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.

    The Gaffney Chair is awarded every two years to a distinguished member of the Arts and Sciences faculty who is dedicated to promoting issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity.  

    In addition to his numerous awards and grants for his research and scholarship, students selected Fortier for the Outstanding Faculty Member award in 1999. 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). 

    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.  


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