Miriam Kahn

Person Profile

Personal Information
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Miriam
Kahn
Faculty
Professor
Contact Information
E-Mail: 
mkahn@u.washington.edu
Mailbox: 
Box 353100
Office Building: 
Denny Hall
Room: 
M-49
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
My research interests include the anthropology of place, colonial and postcolonial politics, nuclear testing, tourism and travel, and cultural representations. Geographically I focus on Oceania, where I’ve done fieldwork in both Papua New Guinea (1976-95) and French Polynesia (1993-present). In addition to being a professor in the Department of Anthropology, I am also a core faculty member in the UW’s interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design and Planning, as well as an adjunct curator of Pacific ethnology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
Discipline: 
Sociocultural Anthropology
Keywords: 
Anthropology of place, colonial and postcolonial politics, nuclear testing, tourism and travel, cultural representations; Oceania
Selected Publications
2014
“Invest in Your Love:” Romantic Desires, YouTube Videos, and the Online Marketing of Tahiti. Tourist Studies 14(2):144-167.
2011
Tahiti Beyond the Postcard: Power, Place and Everyday Life. Seattle: UW Press. WINNER OF ICAS (International Convention of Asia Scholars) BOOK PRIZE, 2013
2011
Illusion and Reality in Tahiti’s Tourist Cocoons. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (special issue on Imagined Landscapes of Tourism) 9(3): 201-216.
2007
Narrating Colonial Encounters: Germany in the Pacific Islands (co-edited with Sabine Wilke). The Journal of Pacific History, special issue, Vol. 42, No. 3.
2005
Pacific Voices: Keeping Our Cultures Alive (co-authored with Erin Younger). Seattle: UW Press. WINNER OF “OUTSTANDING TITLE AWARD,” by Association of American University Presses, American Association of School Librarians, and Public Library Association, 2006
2003
Tahiti: The Ripples of a Myth on the Shores of the Imagination. History and Anthropology 14(4):307-26.
2000
Tahiti Intertwined: Ancestral Land, Tourist Postcard, and Nuclear Test Site. American Anthropologist 102(1):7-26.
2000
Not Really “Pacific Voices:” Politics of Representation in Collaborative Museum Exhibits. Museum Anthropology 24(1):57-74.
1994
Always Hungry, Never Greedy: Food and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society. [Paperback edition with Waveland Press of 1986 Cambridge hard cover.]