Faculty Profile

Ann Hill

Professor of Anthropology (1986)

Contact Information

hillan@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 210
717.245.1659

Bio

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.

Education

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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ANTH 336 Social Distinctions
This course covers anthropological theories of social hierarchy and stratification. Both the material and ideological bases of social distinction are examined. Gender, class, race, ethnicity, kinship, and slavery are some of the specific topics covered in the course. Prerequisite: 101. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every fall.

Spring 2015

EASN 206 Climate Chg, Rivers & Chin Soc
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01, ENST 311-04 and ERSC 311-01. Permission of Instructor Required. This course is an interdisciplinary, globally integrated course that begins with a two-week field trip to North China in January 2015. Sites visited on the field trip introduce students to the geography of the Yellow River basin and sites of human habitation long the river's course, as well as some sites that help students understand China’s history more broadly. During the field trip portion of the course, students will create blogs and podcasts to post on a website based on their experiences in China. The course integrates climate change in East Asia and its geography with the history of populations that are identified with the Chinese state. The course focuses equally on 1) the impact of long term changes in the climate and land forms of the region, especially its large river systems, and 2) the consequences of human activity for environmental change as populations exploit natural environments, especially rivers, for livelihood, state revenues, and the market. Although the course is broadly historical, it includes case studies to illustrate in concrete detail critical aspects of longer-term trends, such as course shifts in the Yellow River, the role of irrigation in the formation of Chinese civilization, deforestation in North China, the Three Gorges Dam project, agricultural sustainability, and other important topics.

ANTH 233 Anthropology of Religion
A cross-cultural survey of the functions of religion, magic, and myth in simple and complex societies. Religion and communication. Myth and social structure. A historical summary of the scientific study of religion. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every other year.

ANTH 245 Climate Chg, Rivers & Chin Soc
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01, ENST 311-04 and ERSC 311-01. Permission of Instructor Required. This course is an interdisciplinary, globally integrated course that begins with a two-week field trip to North China in January 2015. Sites visited on the field trip introduce students to the geography of the Yellow River basin and sites of human habitation long the river's course, as well as some sites that help students understand China’s history more broadly. During the field trip portion of the course, students will create blogs and podcasts to post on a website based on their experiences in China. The course integrates climate change in East Asia and its geography with the history of populations that are identified with the Chinese state. The course focuses equally on 1) the impact of long term changes in the climate and land forms of the region, especially its large river systems, and 2) the consequences of human activity for environmental change as populations exploit natural environments, especially rivers, for livelihood, state revenues, and the market. Although the course is broadly historical, it includes case studies to illustrate in concrete detail critical aspects of longer-term trends, such as course shifts in the Yellow River, the role of irrigation in the formation of Chinese civilization, deforestation in North China, the Three Gorges Dam project, agricultural sustainability, and other important topics.

ERSC 311 Climate Chg, Rivers & Chin Soc
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01, EASN 206-01 and ENST 311-04. Permission of Instructor Required. This course is an interdisciplinary, globally integrated course that begins with a two-week field trip to North China in January 2015. Sites visited on the field trip introduce students to the geography of the Yellow River basin and sites of human habitation long the river's course, as well as some sites that help students understand China’s history more broadly. During the field trip portion of the course, students will create blogs and podcasts to post on a website based on their experiences in China. The course integrates climate change in East Asia and its geography with the history of populations that are identified with the Chinese state. The course focuses equally on 1) the impact of long term changes in the climate and land forms of the region, especially its large river systems, and 2) the consequences of human activity for environmental change as populations exploit natural environments, especially rivers, for livelihood, state revenues, and the market. Although the course is broadly historical, it includes case studies to illustrate in concrete detail critical aspects of longer-term trends, such as course shifts in the Yellow River, the role of irrigation in the formation of Chinese civilization, deforestation in North China, the Three Gorges Dam project, agricultural sustainability, and other important topics.

ENST 311 Climate Chg, Rivers & Chin Soc
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01, EASN 206-01 and ERSC 311-01. Permission of Instructor Required. This course is an interdisciplinary, globally integrated course that begins with a two-week field trip to North China in January 2015. Sites visited on the field trip introduce students to the geography of the Yellow River basin and sites of human habitation long the river's course, as well as some sites that help students understand China’s history more broadly. During the field trip portion of the course, students will create blogs and podcasts to post on a website based on their experiences in China. The course integrates climate change in East Asia and its geography with the history of populations that are identified with the Chinese state. The course focuses equally on 1) the impact of long term changes in the climate and land forms of the region, especially its large river systems, and 2) the consequences of human activity for environmental change as populations exploit natural environments, especially rivers, for livelihood, state revenues, and the market. Although the course is broadly historical, it includes case studies to illustrate in concrete detail critical aspects of longer-term trends, such as course shifts in the Yellow River, the role of irrigation in the formation of Chinese civilization, deforestation in North China, the Three Gorges Dam project, agricultural sustainability, and other important topics.