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President's Professor and Director, Center for Global Health
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
President's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
President's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Amber Wutich is a President's professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Global Health in ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Wutich received her doctorate from the University of Florida in cultural anthropology with a specialization in tropical conservation and development. Her research examines inequitable environmental institutions and global health disparities, with an emphasis on water insecurity. She directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a multi-year cultural-cultural study of water knowledge and institutions conducted in 10 countries. As a methodologist, she co-edits the journal Field Methods and co-authored the book "Analyzing Qualitative Data: Systematic Approaches(2016, SAGE). Professor Wutich teaches ethnographic field methods and text analysis in national programs such as the National Science Foundation’s programs in research methods in cultural anthropology. She teaches in ASU’s degree programs in Global Health, Environmental Social Sciences, and Cultural Anthropology. Wutich's teaching has been recognized with awards such as ASU Faculty Mentor Award - Outstanding Doctoral Chair (2017), Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year Award (2014), and ASU's Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance (2011).

Education

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology (Tropical Conservation and Development), University of Florida 

Research Interests

Ecological, Economic and Biocultural Anthropology; Water and Food; Injustice and Insecurity; Cross-cultural Research; Field Methods 

Geographic areas: Latin America (Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico), United States (Southwest), China

Publications

Selected Publications

Wutich, A., & Brewis, A. (2019). Data Collection in Cross-cultural Ethnographic Research. Field Methods, 1525822X19837397.

Wutich, A., Budds, J., Jepson, W., Harris, L.M., Adams, E., Brewis, A., Cronk, L., DeMyers, C., Maes, K., Marley, T. and Miller, J., 2018. Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 5(6), p.e1309.

Wutich, A., Budds, J., Eichelberger, L., Geere, J.A., Harris, L., Horney, J., Jepson, W., Norman, E., O'Reilly, K., Pearson, A., Shah, S., Young, S. (2017). Advancing methods for research on household water insecurity: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance. Water Security, 1(2).

Wutich, A., Beresford, M., & Carvajal, C. (2017). Ayni Real and Imagined: Reciprocity, Indigenous Institutions, and Development Discourses in Contemporary Bolivia. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Wutich, A., Beresford, M., & Carvajal, C. (2016). Can Informal Water Vendors Deliver on the Promise of A Human Right to Water? Results From Cochabamba, Bolivia. World Development, 79, 14-24.

Wutich, A., & Beresford, M. (2015). Community development in ‘Post-Neoliberal Bolivia’: decolonization or alternative modernizations?. Community Development Journal, bsv049.

Wutich , A. and A. Brewis. (2014) Food, Water, and Scarcity: Toward a Broader Anthropology of Resource Insecurity. Current Anthropology. 55(4): 444-468.

Wutich , A., A. Ruth, A. Brewis, C. Boone. (2014)  Social bonds, stigmatized neighborhoods, and health. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.28(4), 556-577.

Wutich , A., A. White, D. White, K. Larson, A. Brewis, C. Roberts. (2014)  Hard Paths, Soft Paths or No Paths? Cross-cultural Perceptions of Water Solutions. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences 18: 109-120. 

Wutich, A., A. Brewis, A. York, R. Stotts. (2013) Rules, norms, and injustice: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of justice in water institutions. Society & Natural Resources. 26: 795-809.

Wutich, A., York, A. M., Brewis, A., Stotts, R., & Roberts, C. M. (2012). Shared cultural norms for justice in water institutions: Results from Fiji, Ecuador, Paraguay, New Zealand, and the US. Journal of environmental management, 113, 370-376.

Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 305Poverty and Global Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 593Applied Project
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 305Poverty and Global Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 305Poverty and Global Health
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 584Internship
ASB 593Applied Project
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 305Poverty and Global Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 300Food and Culture
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 584Internship
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 593Applied Project
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 500Research Methods
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 593Applied Project
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 327Disaster!
ASB 410Poverty, Soc Just & Globl Hlth
ASB 584Internship
ASB 792Research
Honors / Awards

Pearl Memorial Lecturer, Human Biology Association, 2019

Designated as President’s Professor (lifetime position), ASU, 2018

Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award, ASU, 2017

Excellence in Innovation Award, SHESC, ASU, 2017

Fellow, PLuS Alliance (Phoenix, London, Sydney) University Partnership, 2016-2019

Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year, 2013-2014

Parents Association Professor of the Year, Nominee (competitively selected), ASU, 2013

Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance, ASU, 2011-2012

Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU, 2011

Director’s Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, SHESC, ASU, 2011

Honorary Marshal for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU Commencement Ceremony, 2011

Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, 2010

“Apple Polisher” Faculty Appreciation Award, ASU Devils’ Advocates Student Organization, 2009

Paul and Polly Doughty Award for Peace and Development Studies, University of Florida, 2003

Editorships

Editor (with W. Jepson and A. Brewis)

           JHU Series on Water and Society, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019-2021

Editor (with M. Bersford) Chair

            Special issue on “Water and Economy” in Economic Anthropology. In press, to be published in issue 6(2), June 2019.

Associate Editor

            Field Methods. Journal Editor, H. Russell Bernard. 2012-2019

Member, Scientific Advisory Board

Ernst Strüngmann Forum, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, 2017-2021

Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association; Environment and Anthropology Section; Society for Economic Anthropology Section; Society for Medical Anthropology Section; Society for Applied Anthropology; International Association for the Study of the Commons (occasional); International Network for Social Network Analysis (occasional); Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (occasional)

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Julia C. Bausch, 2018-2019 (Current)

Postdoctoral Position: USDA Stakeholder Study, ASU Kyl Center for Water Policy

Dr. Melissa Beresford, 2018-2019

            Postdoctoral Position: Global Ethnohydrology Study, ASU Center for Global Health

            Employment: San Jose State University, Department of Anthropology, Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Dr. Meskerem Glegziabher, 2016-2018

            Postdoctoral Position: Outreach & Community Engagement, ASU Center for Global Health

            Employment: Arizona State University, SHESC, Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Roseanne Schuster, 2016-2017

          Postdoctoral Position: Global Ethnohydrology Study, ASU Center for Global Health

Employment: ASU Global Impact Collaboratory, Director, Monitoring Evaluation & Learning

 

Ph.D. Students

Graduated – Committee Chair or Co-chair

Christine DeMyers, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Chair, Graduation: 2019

          Employment: Water Institute of the Gulf, Research Social Scientist

Dissertation + Ph.D. funding: NSF GRFP #1462086, 2016-2019

Melissa Beresford, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Chair, Graduation: 2018

          Employment: San Jose State University, Dept. of Anthropology, Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Dissertation funding: SSRC, NSF Cultural Anthropology DDIG #1459004, South Africa

Ashley Hagaman, Ph.D. in Global Health, Committee Chair, Graduation: 2017

            Employment: Yale University, School of Public Health, Tenure-track Assistant Professor

            Dissertation funding: Fulbright - Nepal, NSF Cultural Anthropology DDIG #1459811

Meg du Bray, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Co-chair, Graduation:  2017   

Employment: Augustana College, Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies

            Dissertation funding: NSF #0951366, Cross-cultural research

Rhian Stotts, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Chair: 2016

            Employment: Arizona State University, Full-time Instructor

            Dissertation funding: NSF #0951366, Cross-cultural research

 

Graduated – Committee Member

Julie Gwiszcz, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Member, Graduation: 2018

            Employment: Arizona State University, School of Sustainability, Working Group Coordinator

Ayesha Masood, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Member, Graduation: 2017

            Employment: Information Technology University, Pakistan, Assistant Professor

Sarah McCool, Ph.D. in Global Health, Committee Member, Graduation: 2017

Employment: Georgia State University, School of Public Health, Clinical Assistant Professor

Heather Steiness, Ph.D. in Global Health, Committee Member, Graduation: 2016

Employment: Arizona State University, Global Health, Visiting Researcher

Alissa Ruth, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Committee Member, Graduation: 2014

            Employment: Arizona State University, Associate Academic Professional

Jacelyn Rice, Ph.D. in Sustainable Engineering, Committee Member, Graduation: 2014  

Employment: Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Isa Rodriguez-Soto, Ph.D. in Global Health, Committee Member, Graduation: 2013

            Employment: University of Akron, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Meredith Gartin, Ph.D. in Global Health, Committee Member, Graduation: 2012

Employment: Ohio University, Global Health, Visiting Assistant Professor

 

M.A. Students

Graduated

Alicia Dinsmore, M.A. in Global Health, 2017, Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Employed as Spokeswoman, No More Deaths/No Más Muertes

Drew Blasco, M.A. in Global Health, 2016, Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Ph.D. student in Global Mental Health, New York University

Colin Kunzweiler, M.A. in Sustainability, 2013, Committee Member

            Post-graduation: PhD in Public Health, UI-Chicago; Sr. Epidemiologist, MA Dept. Public Health

Ashlan Falletta-Cowden , M.A. in Anthropology, 2011, Committee Member

            Post-graduation: Employed as Principal and Consultant at Holland Consulting

Sveinn Sigurdsson, M.A. in Anthropology, 2011, Committee Co-chair

            Post-graduation: Director, Organizational Performance Optimization at Petaluma Health Center

Tabitha Morris, M.A. in Global Health, 2011 Committee Chair  

            Post-graduation: Employed as Healthcare Informatics Analyst at Health Services Advisory Group

Melissa Kuhn, M.A. in Global Health, 2011, Committee Chair   

            Post-graduation: Employed as Infectious Disease Data Specialist, Maricopa County

Zeenat Hasan, M.A. in Anthropology, 2009, Committee Member

            Post-graduation: Employed as Health Program Director, Asian Pacific Community in Action

 

Undergraduate Students

Graduated – Honors Thesis

Paula Kibuka Musoke, 2019, Honors Committee Chair

Post-graduation: MPH student at Columbia University

Andrea Ramirez, 2019, Honors Committee Chair

Post-graduation: TBD

Monet Niesluchowski, 2018, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Fulbright Scholar, Mongolia

Brittany Hale, 2018, Honors Committee Second Reader

Post-graduation: City Year Corps Member; MPH student at Columbia University

Chloe Warpinski, 2017, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Fulbright Scholar, Slovakia

Ainsley Pfeiffer, 2017, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Fulbright Scholar, India

Austin Smith, 2017, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: M.A. in Health Sciences student at Arizona State University

Emma (Dooley) Hawkins, 2016, Honors Committee Chair

Post-graduation: Medical Assistant, Barrow Brain & Spine; PA student, Midwestern University

Hannah McAtee, 2015, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Medical (M.D.) student at University of Iowa

Sarah Patel, 2015, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Medical (M.D.) student at University of Arizona - Phoenix

Drew Blasco, 2014, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: M.A. in Global Health student at Arizona State University

Alyssa McAlister, 2014, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Employed as ‎Informatics Analyst at Health Services Advisory Group

Laurel Grey, 2013, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Medical (M.D.) student at University of Arizona

Holly Vins, 2013, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Earned MPH at Emory Univ., Employed at US Centers for Disease Control

Alicia Dinsmore, 2012, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: M.A. in Global Health student at Arizona State University

Arlis Jenkins, 2012, Honors Committee Second Reader

            Post-graduation: FOCUS Program Coordinator, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Joseph Canarie, 2011, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: Medical (M.D.) student at Dartmouth University

Elizabeth Unbehaun, 2011, Honors Committee Third Reader

Post-graduation: Account Manager at Yelp.com

Colleen Healy, 2010, Honors Committee Chair

            Post-graduation: J.D., Duke University, Employed at Univ. of Michigan School of Public Health

Allen Shepard, 2008, Honors Committee Second Reader

            Post-graduation: Medical (D.O.) student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Service

University Level Service

Associate Director, Institute for Social Science Research, Aug. 2019-2020

Instructor, Workshops in Text Analysis, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, ASU ISSR, 2012-2019

Search Committee, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, ASU College of Health Solutions, 2017-2018

Invited speaker, “Working with Donors,” Foundation Funding Faculty Workshop, CLAS, 2018

Member, CLAS Dean’s Advisory Council on Social Science & Health, 2016-2017

Member, CLAS Research Advisory Committee, 2015-2017

Invited participant, Support for Teaching at ASU Group, ASU Office of the Provost, 2014

Invited panelist, “Prepping for Class,” ASU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2014

ASU Review Panel, Carnegie CASE Professor of the Year Award, 2014

Invited panelist, “The Teaching Role,” Preparing Future Faculty, ASU Graduate College, 2012

Invited panelist, “Faculty Success in the Early Years,” ASU Faculty Women’s Association, 2012

Faculty Mentor, GlobeMed – A Student-led International Global Health Organization, 2012-2015

 

School Level Service: Chair or Faculty Representative Roles

Director, Center for Global Health, 2015-2016

Head, Personnel Committee, SHESC, 2017-2019

Approach Head, Cultural Anthropology, SHESC, 2013-2014

Cultural Anthropology Representative, Executive & Graduate Committees, SHESC, 2013-2014

Interim Director, Environmental Social Sciences Doctoral Program, SHESC, 2014

Organizer, Colloquium Series, SHESC, 2012-2013

Chair, Masters Symposium Committee, SHESC, 2010-2011

Faculty Senator, Arizona State University Academic Senate, 2007-2010

 

University & School Committee Service: Member Roles

Search Committee, Evolutionary Anthropology Target Hire, SHESC, 2019

Search Committee, Environmental Social Science Target Hire, SHESC, 2019

Personnel Committee, 2016-2017

Development Committee, SHESC, 2015-2016

Search Committee, Evolutionary Anthropology, SHESC, 2015-2016

Search Committee, Linguistic Anthropology Target Hire, SHESC, 2014

Promotion and Tenure Review Committee, SHESC, 2014

Search Committee, Global Health Target Hire, SHESC, 2013

Search Committee, Anthropometry Target Hire, SHESC, 2012

Seven Year Academic Program Review for SHESC, ASU Graduate College, 2010-2012

Search Committee, Environmental Anthropology Searches (two positions), SHESC, 2009-2010

Personnel Committee, SHESC, 2008-2009

Search Committee, Medical Anthropology Searches (two positions), SHESC, 2008-2009

Cluster for the Advancement of Social Networks, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2008-2009

Latin American Studies Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2007-2008