A professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Colorado State University, has been named winner of the prestigious Franz Boas Award. CSU anthropologist Kate Browne is widely known for her research in disaster recovery.

The Franz Boas Award is comparable to winning the Nobel Prize in other fields and is only given to giants in the field of Anthropology.

The Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology, formerly the Distinguished Service Award, was established in 1976. This award is presented annually by the Association to its members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have well served the anthropological profession. Service to the Association is commonly recognized, as are outstanding applications of anthropological knowledge to improving the human condition.

Browne started her teaching career at CSU in 1994. She will be honored by the American Anthropological Association on Friday, November 16, at its annual convention in San Jose, CA.

Kate Browne Post-Katrina research

Browne studied the struggles of a 150-member extended family displaced by Hurricane Katrina . According to the article by Tony Phipher, her work has:

Helped change the narrative about how attention to culture can help improve recovery success. FEMA recruited her earlier this year to help lead a workshop and produce a major report related to its new 2018-2022 Strategic Plan to “Build a Culture of Preparedness.”

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