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
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
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
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
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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