Sharon E. Hutchinson

Ph.D.,. University of Chicago, 1988
Professor of Anthropology
At UW-Madison since 1990

Cultural Anthropology

Affiliations: African Studies Program, Religious Studies Program, Human Rights Initiative, Global Studies and Development Studies and WAGE


Professor Hutchinson has conducted ethnographic research in Sudan since 1980. For much of this period, her research has concentrated on war-provoked processes of social and cultural change among Sudanese Nuer, the second largest ethic group in southern region of the country. Her current research interests include the anthropology of civil warfare and post-war reconstruction, international humanitarianism and human rights, war-provoked population movements and post-conflict returns, and the local impacts of expanding international oil development activities in Sudan. She is presently working on a book manuscript on the ethical complexities of conducting long-term ethnographic research in a war zone.


Sharon Hutchinson teaches a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including courses on the History of Anthropological Theory, Classics in Ethnography, Anthropology and Human Rights, International Humanitarian Interventions in Anthropological Perspective, Kinship and Social Organization, the Anthropology of Religion, Economic Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Africa: An Introductory Survey.

Selected Publications
Curriculum Vitae

Sharon Hutchinson CV


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