Faculty Profile: William Brower
William Brower arrived at anthropology in a roundabout way-majoring in psychology, art and religion as an undergraduate, then obtaining an M.S. in film. But in the end, he was attracted to anthropology's interdisciplinary nature. "It has been a great way to combine everything I've been interested in, and then some," he says. After a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Colorado, Bill joined Johnson State in 1978. His research ranges from the serious to the lighthearted. He lived among North Alaskan Eskimos and other peoples of the Arctic to thoroughly learn their cultures and to study how indigenous people integrate their traditional culture with modern life. His work has been used in legal arguments asserting native rights, and he's photographed holiday yard decorations to demonstrate how northern Euro-Asian shamanism has been absorbed by modern America.
As a medical and psychological anthropologist, Bill is involved with long-term studies of conflicting cultures of illness and wellness between patients and care providers. Also, he is creating a universal, holistic and integrative model of cross cultural health that can be applied to all societies and medical conditions. Bill incorporates photography into his work studying people, analyzing visual aspects of societies, and studying the globalization of visual cultural.
In his teaching, "I try to emphasize that we are consciously aware of only a fraction of all that we do," he says, "and though mysterious, human behavior is understandable." Born in New York, Bill grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. He's traveled in the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. He lives in Morrisville.
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