Mary A. Porter

BA, Manchester University. MA, PhD, University of Washington. Ethnographic studies in East Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Areas of expertise include kinship theory, postcolonial studies, feminist anthropology, queer anthropology, educational studies, and oral history. Current work examines discourses of race, class, and kinship embedded in foster care and adoption, both domestically and transnationally. Co-author of Winds of Change: Women in Northwest Commercial Fishing and author of articles on gender, kinship, education, and sexuality; grants include Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research fellowship and Spencer fellowship; consultant, UNESCO. Associate Dean of the College, 2007-2012. SLC, 1992–

Courses taught in Anthropology

Courses from previous years

2013-2014
  • First-Year Studies: Making Connections: Gender, Sexuality, and Kinship From an Anthropological Perspective
  • Global Adoptions: An Anthropology of Kinship
  • Telling Lives: Life History Through Anthropology
2012-2013
  • Kinship: An Anthropological Story