Saba Mahmood

Saba Mahmood, professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, passed away on March 10, 2018. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Mahmood specialized in sociocultural anthropology and was a scholar of modern Egypt. Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1962, she came to the United States in 1981 to study architecture and urban planning […]

Jeffrey Jay Schultz

September 25, 1949–January 11, 2018 Jeffrey Jay Shultz died peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in San Diego, CA. He will be remembered by his many friends and colleagues as a person who was incredibly kind and generous, who devoted much of his time to mentoring young scholars and creating inventive new programs for undergraduates, […]

Rebecca J. Tolen

January 14, 1959–August 28, 2017 Anthropology lost one of its finest editorial visionaries with the untimely passing of Rebecca J. Tolen on August 28, 2017. For most of her career, Tolen served as sponsoring editor for Indiana University Press, where she worked for 17 years. She opened her own editorial business, Textworks Editorial services, in […]

Eric B. Ross

November 24, 1946–December 20,2017 Eric Barry Ross died on December 20, 2017, in Kensington, Maryland. With his passing anthropology has lost a brilliant analytical mind, a kind heart with a wonderful sense of humor, and a Marxist visionary. He was a rare academic, whose critical analysis combined theory and political analysis, while always remaining focused […]

Mattison Mines

January 18, 1941–February 25, 2016 I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and teacher, Mattison Mines on February 25, 2016.  More than anyone else I knew at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the late 1980s, Mines understood the impermanence of life, about which we talked often, usually when […]

Mary Lindsay Elmendorf

April 13, 1917–September 15, 2017 Mary Lindsay Elmendorf passed away in Sarasota, Florida on September 15, 2017. Born 100 years ago in an era when married women stayed home, Elmendorf became a dedicated activist in promoting human rights and equal opportunity for all. These interests began in college and she vigorously pursued them throughout her […]

David Warwick Brokensha

May 23, 1923–June 15, 2017 David W. Brokensha, professor emeritus of anthropology and environment studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), died peacefully at home in Fish Hoek, South Africa, aged 94. He was an outstanding applied cultural anthropologist, an excellent and much beloved teacher and mentor, and an active correspondent and writer. […]

Lawrence H. Keeley

August 24, 1948–October 11, 2017 Lawrence H. Keeley passed away on October 11, 2017, after several years of poor health. Born in 1948, Keeley grew up in Cupertino, California. He earned a BA from San Jose State College in 1970. After MA work at University of Oregon (1970–72), Keeley moved to University of Oxford (Wadham […]