Katherine Browne


Colorado State University

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Katherine Browne is professor of anthropology at Colorado State University. She focuses her research on how cultural history and everyday practices shape social forms of adaptation and resilience. From 2005-2015, she tracked a large African American family’s ordeal after they lost everything during Katrina. In the course of this work, Browne produced a documentary film with Emmy winning filmmaker Ginny Martin. Still Waiting: Life After Katrina was broadcast in 2007 on PBS stations in the US and in Canada. Browne continued researching the 155-member family for another six years after the film, and in 2015, the University of Texas Press published her intimate story of the lurching process of recovery: Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort, and Coming Home After Katrina. In 2016, Browne turned her attention to scaling up the cultural insights from her long-term work. 

Browne has been primary investigator on six National Science Foundation grants and was invited to present a 2016 Distinguished Lecture at NSF. Her teaching has been recognized with the endowed 2016 Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2010 Best Teacher Award from Colorado State University Alumni Association. Interviews with Browne have been featured across a wide range of media, including PRI and NPR. She served as President of the Society for Economic Anthropology (2011-2013) and, in 2015, became editor of the new journal she helped found, Economic Anthropology. She is co-founder of CADAN, the Culture and Disaster Action Network, of social scientists and disaster professionals. For information about Browne’s other books, films, articles, honors, and media, please visit her website: www.katebrowne.colostate.edu