Katherine E. Browne
Dr. Katherine Browne is professor of anthropology. Her research has been inspired by an effort to understand how economic life, moral frameworks, and social identities intersect, particularly in situations of cultural stress and change. These concerns have animated all of Dr. Browne’s major research projects, books, and films. Her most recent research has shifted her longtime work in the French Caribbean to New Orleans, drawn by the area’s remarkable cultural vitality, its uniquely Latin Caribbean history and social environment, and by a desire to contribute to the understanding of the human impacts of the Katrina tragedy. Browne’s study of an African American kin network of 155 people who evacuated together, and her two-year collaboration with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ginny Martin, resulted in Still Waiting: Life After Katrina, a one-hour documentary that aired on PBS in 2007 in more than 300 US cities. Since the film, Browne has continued working with the large, African American family featured in the film to understand the shifting difficulties and opportunities that are part of the legacy of Katrina. She is working on a book manuscript about her findings.
Dr. Browne in the News
New Orleans; French Caribbean; economics; morality; race; gender; sense of place; bureaucracy
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1993 M.A. in Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1990 B.A. in English, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1976
ANTH335, Language and Culture
ANTH446, New Orleans and the Caribbean
ANTH532, The Culture of Disaster