Douglas D. Anderson

Douglas D. Anderson, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology / Director, Labratory for Circumpolar Studies

Ph.D., U. Pennsylvania 1967


In 1960 Anderson graduated in Anthropology (major) and Geology (minor) from the University of Washington before going to Brown University as the first graduate student in the field of anthropology there, with a focus in Arctic anthropology.  After his MA in 1962 he spent a Fulbright year in Denmark studying Arctic collections at the Nationalmuseet and excavating in Godthaab Fjord, Greenland.  He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Ph.D. 1967. He began teaching at Brown University in 1965, and in 1973 developed the department's Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies, located at the university's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Bristol Rhode Island.

In the 1970's he expanded his research interests to include Southeast Asia, with a focus on Pleistocene and Early-Middle Holocene archaeology.


His research interests include the archaeology and ethnology of northern peoples, with  multiple field projects in northwestern Alaska, and the early archaeology of Southeast Asia, with field projects in cave and rock shelter sites along the Andaman Sea coast of Thailand.


Fellow, Arctic Institute of North America, elected 1998

Career Achievement award, Alaska Anthropological Association, 2001

John F. Kennedy - Fulbright Fellow, Thailand, 1985-86

Fulbright-Hays Fellow, U.S.S.R,. 1979

Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Thailand, 1974-75

Fulbright Fellow, Denmark, 1962-63


American Association for the Advancement of Science

Arctic Institute of North America

Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

For more information, visit Doctor Anderson's [email protected] page