College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Prof. Bartholomew Dean, MPhil, PhD

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Anthropology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Fraser Hall, 639


Bartholomew Dean (Oxford MPhil, Harvard PhD) is an associate professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas and a research associate of KU's Laboratory of Biological Anthropology. In addition, he is research affiliate at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Tarapoto, Peru), where he directs the Anthropology Section of the Regional Museum, Dean is a Contributing Editor for Lowland South America, U.S. Library of Congress' Handbook of Latin American Studies. His research interest includes the ethnology of the Peruvian Amazon, health, human rights, political anthropology, social theory and ethics. His publications include Urarina Society, Cosmology and History in the Peruvian Amazonia (2009, 2013), as well as a co-edited book-At the Risk of Being Heard: Indigenous Rights, Identity and Postcolonial States, numerous articles and several textbooks. Dean is currently working on a monograph dedicated to understanding social trauma associated with the political violence and civil unrest in the bajo (lower) Huallaga Region of Peruvian Amazonia. Dean is active in the area of human rights advocacy.

Teaching Interests

  • Varieties of Human Experience
  • Political Anthropology
  • The Colonial Experience
  • History of Anthropology
  • The Anthropology of Violence
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Peoples of South America
  • Anthropology of Amazonia
  • Material Culture
  • Politics of Identity in Latin America
  • Anthropology of Human Rights
  • The Anthropology of Revolutions
  • Genocide and Ethnocide
  • Doing Ethnography

Research Interests

  • Social anthropology: critical theory
  • Political anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Ethnohistory
  • Kinship & political-economy
  • Symbolic forms
  • Global health & human rights
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Identity politics
  • (im)mobility studies & urbanization
  • Representation & museology
  • Governance & citizenship
  • Postcolonialism
  • Violence, social trauma & reconciliation
  • Advocacy
  • Intellectual history & the ethics of anthropology. Regional Foci: Latin America & Caribbean-- Peruvian Amazonia, Andean South America, Mexico, and Hispaniola.