Stevan Harrell

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Stevan
Harrell
Faculty
Professor, Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Chinese, Adjunct Curator of Ethnology at the Burke Museum, Faculty Associate of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
Contact Information
E-Mail: 
stevehar@u.washington.edu
Mailbox: 
353100
Office Building: 
Denny
Room: 
M41
Office Phone: 
(206) 543-9608
Alternate Phone: 
(206) 755-0071
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
My primary professional interests at present lie in building collaborations between earth scientists and social scientists to understand better how people relate to their environments, and to using the knowledge from these collaborations to help local people solve local problems. Theoretically, this means a combination of ethno-ecology and resilience theory; substantively, it means looking at the historical relations between people and natural resources, particularly forests; and geographically, it happens mostly in Liangshan, China, but also in Taiwan and in Washington State. Implications of this interest have led me to co-found the Yangjuan Primary School in Liangshan and the Cool Mountain Education Fund. My other interests are in building scholarly community across cultural barriers, particularly with scholars in China, and in promoting international student exchange. This in turn gives me reason to be interested in translation, particularly between the English and Chinese languages.
Teaching: 
<p>I have taught 40 or more courses in 40 years at the UW. I&#39;m particularly interested in the performance aspects of large lectures, in judicious use of &quot;technology&quot; (computers) in the classroom, in flipping the classroom but not spinning it too hard, and in field-based instruction, both one-on-one and in the classroom. I&#39;ve also chaired 46 Ph.D.s to completion.</p>
Discipline: 
Sociocultural Anthropology
Keywords: 
<p>Environmental Anthropology, ecosystem resilience, family and demography, ethnicity and ethnic relations, material culture, translation; China and Taiwan.</p>
Selected Publications
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2011

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