Nancy Lutkehaus is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences where she also is currently the chair of the Gender Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and her B.A. from Barnard College. In 1997-98 she was a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She is a specialist in the areas of Melanesia and island cultures of the Pacific, the history of anthropology, gender and ritual, visual and popular culture, and missionaries. She has done fieldwork in two different regions of Papua New Guinea, the volcanic island of Manam and the mountainous central region of Enga Province. Her research has focused on issues of culture change, political economy and gender as well as gender and warfare. She has done both basic and applied research, having conducted research on gender for the World Bank. She also lectures to museum docents on the art of Melanesia.
Her publications include Zaria's Fire: Engendered Moments in Manam Ethnography (1995), Gendered Missions: Women and Men in Missionary Discourse and Practice (1999, co-edited with Mary Huber), Gender Rituals: Female Initiation in Melanesia (1995, co-edited with Paul Roscoe), as well as two volumes in press, Margaret Mead and the Media: Anthropology and the Making of a Cultural Icon and Anthropology Meets Psychology: Jerome Bruner and Cultural Psychology (co-edited with Cheryl Mattingly) and numerous articles. She also edited the journal Visual Anthropology Review from 1994-1997.
As a CET fellow she would like to contribute to the mentoring of teaching assistants, in particular international students and female graduate students concerned with adjustment to the culture of higher education in the United States and issues of work-life balance. She is also particularly interested in fostering greater communication and coordination among faculty throughout the university interested in the use of multimedia and information technology in developing new methods of learner-centered education.