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  • The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is seeking a visiting assistant professor of sociology for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander has received an ASEAN Research Program grant. Designed to facilitate collaborative research of priority to ASEAN or to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship, this Fulbright award will allow Dr. Bylander to spend her junior sabbatical conducting field research in Thailand and Cambodia. Her project, “Borrowing Across Borders: Migration, Debt, and Development in Southeast Asia” will use multi-sited qualitative research to ask how debt shapes migrant experiences across Southeast Asia.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander will travel this summer to Cambodia with three Lewis & Clark students to investigate the use of microcredit—a finance model of providing small, affordable loans to new businesses in developing areas. The expedition is being funded by an ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant.
  • Lewis & Clark faculty voted unanimously to approve a new minor in Middle East/North Africa studies. Lewis & Clark is the first liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest to offer such a program. The program formally begins in the fall of 2017.
  • Lily Clarke examines some of the mushrooms she studies.

    Lily Clarke BA ’15 grew up in the tiny town of Condon, Montana—population: 343. She’s now a Fulbright fellow studying ethnomycology in Nepal, pairing her interest in ecology with her passion for giving back to the communities in which she works. Clarke shared her inspirational story with the Missoulian newspaper earlier this month.


    The Department of Sociology and Anthropology condemns the recent and ongoing threats against black members of the Lewis & Clark community, supports our affected students and colleagues, and commits to addressing our own complicity in sustaining racial inequities within our community and curriculum. Representing disciplines that have both purveyed and emerged to critique racism, we cannot but recognize this as an enduring feature of American society. As our students have clearly articulated, and as our fields of study have long documented, such threats are not isolated incidents; they reflect broader structures of racism and discrimination that necessarily penetrate the Lewis & Clark community. We reaffirm, first and foremost, our concern for and responsibility to those students of color who are the targets of the latest racialized threats. We take as our charge the enactment of that responsibility through concrete actions that create a safe and inclusive environment for our students and all members of the Lewis & Clark community.

  • Megan Glavin BA ’19 and Sema Hasan BA ’18 were selected to present their original research at the 2018 Notre Dame Peace Conference, an event for students from around the world to share their work and discuss issues related to peace studies, social justice, and global activism.
  • Lewis & Clark’s C.J. Appleton ’17 has been named one of only five recipients of the national Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award. Lewis & Clark is the only Division III school—and the only school in the West—to be represented.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander has been awarded a $20K ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant.
  • Get to know Laura Schroeder ’14, a major in sociology and anthropology, and recipient of a Fulbright award.
  • Kate Smock BA ’18, is this year’s recipient of the Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest academic honor. Named for an esteemed professor, the award recognizes a senior whose abilities and commitment have combined to produce work of the highest distinction.
  • Three sociology students have returned to Lewis & Clark from their research in Cambodia alongside Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander. They presented to peers and faculty the conclusions from their fieldwork on the practical and ethical implications of microcredit in developing countries.

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