Faculty Profile

Ann Hill

Professor of Anthropology (1986)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2015


Dana Hall Room 212


Prof. Hill has conducted fieldwork in both Thailand and SW China. As a cultural anthropologist, Prof.Hill has published on a range of topics relevant to understanding ethnicity and inter-ethnic relations in the Sino-SE Asian uplands (e.g. Women Without Talents Are Virtuous, 1988 in Gender, Power and Construction of the Moral Order on the Thai Periphery; Chinese Dominance of the Xishuangbanna Tea Trade: An Inter-Regional Perspective, 1989 Modern China; Captives, Kin and Slaves in Xiao Liangshan, 2001 J. of Asian Studies; Provocative Behavior: Agency and Feuds in SW China, 2004 Am Anthropologist; Fried's Evolutionary Model, Social Stratification, and the Nuosu in SW China, 2012 in the Anthropological Study of Class and Class Consciousness, and other articles). She is the author of Merchants and Migrants: Ethnicity and Trade Among Yunnanese Chinese in SE Asia (1998) and co-editor with Zhou Minglang of Affirmative Action in China and the U.S. Currently she is project director for the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, a 4-year grant to Dickinson College from the Henry Luce Foundation.


  • B.A., Columbia University, 1971
  • M.A., University of Iowa, 1974
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1982

2015-2016 Academic Year

Spring 2016

EASN 206 Modern China-Diaspora Comm
Cross-listed with ANTH 232-01. This is a comparative course that examines contemporary Chinese communities in the PRC, as well as Chinese immigrant cultures located in Southeast Asia and the U.S. The focus is on both the structure of these communities and the processes of identity formation and re-imagining the "home" country or "native place" in the midst of considerable flux. The course explicitly uses comparison to destruct staid truths about "the Chinese" and monolithic "chinese culture." Offered every other year.

ANTH 210 Language and Culture
This course examines the relationship of language to culture and society. It includes the study of sociolinguistics, language acquisition, cognition, and descriptive linguistics. The student is introduced to major perspectives on language from Whorf, Hymes, de Saussure, and Levi-Strauss.

ANTH 232 Modern China-Diaspora Comm
Cross-listed with EASN 206-02.