Bartholomew Dean, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., 639 Fraser Hall
Lawrence KS 66045-7540, USA


Dr. Dean is Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology, and Research Associate of the Laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Kansas; and Director of Anthropology at the Museo Regional-Universidad Nacional de San Martín Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru. Dean is a Contributing Editor for Lowland South America, U.S. Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies. Bartholomew Deans research interest includes the ethnology of the Peruvian Amazon, health, human rights, mobility studies, and political anthropology. His publications include Urarina Society, Cosmology and History in the Peruvian Amazonia, the critically acclaimed co-edited book At the Risk of Being Heard: Identity, Indigenous Rights, and Postcolonial States and numerous articles, chapters, critical commentaries and textbooks. Dean is currently working on a autobiographical monograph dedicated to understanding social trauma associated with the political violence, trauma and civil unrest associated with the shadow economies and war in the lower-Huallaga River region of Peruvian Amazonia.


• (1995) PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University
• 1990) AM, Anthropology of Social Change and Development, Harvard University
• (1987) MPhil, Latin American Studies (Politics and Anthropology), Oxford University
• (1985) AB (Hons.), Anthropology and History, Washington University

Research Interest

His research interest includes: Anthropology.

Scientific Activities

Grants and Awards

External Grants and Awards (2003-2020)

• (2019-2020), Co-PI, KUMC Diabetes Institute, “Genetic and Environmental Causes of Diabetes Mellitus 2.0 in Amazonian Populations of Peru”
• (2014-2017), Co-PI, Institutional Development Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research–to support the development of an anthropology doctoral program at the Universitéd’Etatd’Haïti (UEH) Faculted’Ethnologie/Department of Anthropologie-Sociologie, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
• (2011-2012), Fulbright Scholar Award, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Peru
• (2009), Research Publication Grant, Kendall/Hunt Publishing
• (2008), Tuberculosis Research Grant, Pines International, Inc.
• (2003-2006), Co-PI, Federal Assistance Award U.S. State Dept, KU-Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru (University affiliation grant)
• (2003), Fulbright Faculty Research Award, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru

 Internal Grants and Awards

• (2019), Faculty Research International Travel Award, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
• (2019), Conference Grant, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (U.S. Department of Education Tile VI)
• (2019), Research Excellence Initiative Award
• (2019), Sabbatical Leave Award
• (2018), International Programs KU-UCR Exchange Fund Award
• (2017-2019), Center for Migration Research, Seed Research Grant
• (2016), International Programs Summer Research Award
• (2015, 2008, 2003, 2003, 2001, 1998, 1997), General Research Fund Awards
• (2007), Co-PI Universidad de Costa Rica–University of Kansas, Faculty Research Award
• (2005), International Programs Faculty Seminar Grant
• (2005, 2019), Sabbatical Leave Award
• (2016, 2014, 2013, 2010), College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Travel Grants
• (2011-2012, 2010), Center for Latin American Studies Research Travel Grant
• (2015, 2010), International Programs Travel Grants
• (2000), Hall Center Faculty Seminar Participant Grant
• (1997-1998), International Studies Faculty Seminar Participant Grant
• (1996), Tinker Foundation Faculty Field Research Grant, Latin American Studies
• (1996), New Faculty Research Grant
• (1996-1997), Carroll D. Clark Research Funds
• (1995-1996), Museum of Anthropology Collection Grant

Honors and Awards for Research

• (2018), Orden Mons. José Luis Astigarraga Lizarralde, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Alto Amazonas, Yurimaguas, Peru
• (2013), Award for Academic Excellence in Amazonian Research, Universidad Nacional San Martín–Tarapoto, Peru
• (1998-1999), Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland



1. Dean B. The State and The Awajún: Frontier Expansion in the Upper Amazon, 1541-1990. San Diego, CA, USA: Cognella Academic Publishing; 2020.
2. Dean B.Urarina Society, Cosmology and History in Peruvian Amazonia. Gainesville, FL, USA: University Press of Florida, (2013, revised paperback edition); 2009.
3. Levi JM, Dean B. At the Risk of Being Heard: Identity, Indigenous Rights and Postcolonial States. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA: University of Michigan Press; 2003.


1. Dean B, Homan  Anthropological Illuminations of the Varieties of Human Experience. 3rd ed. Dubuque, Lowa, USA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing; 2020.
2. EricksonNJ, MeiersH, Dean B. The Varieties of Human Experience: An Anthropological. Dubuque, Lowa, USA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing; 2005.

Articles and Book Chapters


1. David R, Dean B. Yurimaguas and the lower huallaga river valley: A biocultural approach to migration and urbanization in peruvian Amazonia. In: Muñoz L, Crawford M, eds. Cause and Consequences of Migration. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
2. Dean B. Eldorado in crisis: Modernity and state civilization of the upper amazon. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
3. Dean B. La vida y la muerteenlos tiempos delcólera: El sufrimiento social de los Urarina. In: Fabiano E, Oscar M, Lima E, eds. Pueblos indígenas y epidemiasen la Amazonía peruana. CAAAP

1. Dean B. Diabetes en la Amazonia. In: Investigación. Yurimaguas: Instituto de Educación Superior TecnológicoPúblico. 2019.
2. Dean B. In: International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Callan H. Oxford, USA: Wiley-Blackwell; 2018.
3. Dean B. Freedom. In: Keywords of Mobility: Critical Anthropological Engagements.            Salazar N, Jayaram K, eds. Oxford, USA: Berghan Books; 2016: 56-74.
4. Dean B. Indigenous identity and education in peruvian Amazonia. In: Indigenous Education: Language, Culture, and Identity, Jacob WJ, Cheng SY, Porter MK, eds. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Publishers. 2015a:  429-446.
5. Dean B. Narratives, resilience and violence in peruvian Amazonia: The Huallaga valley, 1980-2015. Anthropol Open J. 2015b; 1(1): 1-2. doi: 10.17140/ANTPOJ-1-01
6. Dean B. In: Schlecker M, Fleischer F. Ethnography of support encounters, eds. New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan; 2013: 195-211.
7. Conces R. The transgressive allure of white gold in peruvian Amazonia: Towards a genealogy of coca capitalisms and social dread. In: ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs. 2013: (3):74-91.
8. Dean B, Justice A, Crawford M. Molecular consequences of migration & urbanization in peruvian Amazonia. In: Crawford M, Campbell B, eds. Causes and Consequences of Human Migration, Cambridge: Cambridge University  Press; 2012:  449-472.
9. Dean B. Machetes in ours hands, blood on our faces: Reflections on violence and advocacy in the peruvian amazon. In: Anthropological Quarterly. 2009; 82(4): 1069-1072.
10. Dean B, Bartles C, Berger T. Civil-affairs confronts the ‘weapons of the weak’: Improvised explosive devices in Iraq. Kurtz R, ed. Small Wars Journal. 2009; 3(27).
11. Dean B. Identity and Intimate Violence in Peru. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 2007; 12(1): 29-32.
12. Dean B. The ethics of spying. Anthropology Today. 2005; 21(4): 19-22.
13. Dean B. Ambivalent exchanges: The violence of patronazgo in the upper amazon. In: Anderson M, ed. Cultural Construction of Violence: Victimization, Escalation, Response. West Lafayette, USA: Purdue University; 2004a: 214-226.
14. Dean B. Digital vibes & radio waves in indigenous Peru. In: Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Obstacles and Innovative Solutions. Riley M, ed. New York, USA: Altamira Press; 2004b: 27-53.
15. Dean B. la medicina social en la Amazonía peruana. In: Kuczynski-Godard M, Lima E, eds. La Vida en la Amazonía Peruana: Observaciones de un Medico. Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Serie Clásicos Sanmarquinos). [50th Anniversary reissue of classic Amazonian text]. 2004c.
16. Dean B. Indigenous education and the prospects for cultural survival. In: Cultural Survival Quarterly. 2004d; 27(4): 14-18.
17. Dean B. Introductory. In: Dean B, Levi J, eds. At the Risk of Being Heard: Identity, Indigenous Rights & Postcolonial States. Ann Arbor, USA: University of Michigan Press; 2003a: 1-44.
18. Dean B. At the margins of power: Gender hierarchy & the politics of ethnic mobilization among the Urarina. In: Dean B, Levi J, eds. At the Risk of Being Heard: Identity, Indigenous Rights & Postcolonial States. Ann Arbor, USA: University of       Michigan Press; 2003b: 217-254.
19. Dean B. Critical re-vision: Clastres chronicle and the optic of primitivism. In: Best of Anthropology Today, 1974-2000. Benthall J, Sahlins M, ed. London, UK: Routledge Publisher; 2002a: 66-71.
20. Dean B. State power and indigenous peoples in peruvian amazonia: A lost decade, 1990- 2000. Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States.
21. Dean B. Maybury-Lewis D, ed.Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press; 2002b: 199-238.
22. Dean B. Digitizing indigenous sounds: Cultural activists & local music in the age of Memorex®. Cultural Survival Quarterly. 2001; 24(4): 41-46.
23. Dean B, Elías E, Mckinley M, Saul R. The amazonian peoples’ resources initiative: promoting reproductive rights & community development in the peruvian amazon. Health & Human Rights. 2000; 4(2): 3-10.doi: 10.2307/4065202
24. Dean B. Intercambios ambivalentes en la amazonía: Formación discursiva y la violencia del patronazgo. Anthropológica. 1999ª; (17): 85-115.
25. Dean B. Critical re-vision: Clastres’chronicle & the optic of primitivism. Anthropology Today. 1999b; 15(2):9-11. doi: 10.2307/2678262
26. Dean B. Language, culture & power: Intercultural bilingual education among the urarina of peruvian amazonia. In: Watahomigie L, McCarty T, Yamamoto A, eds. Practicing Anthropology. 1999c ; 20(2):39-43.
27. Dean B, Myers TP. Cerámica prehispánica del río Chambira, Loreto.”Amazonía Peruana. Lima, Peru: The Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicacíon Práctica; 1999d: 13(26):255-288.
28. Dean B. Brideprice in Amazonia? The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 1998; 4(2):345-347.
29. Dean B. Forbidden fruit: Infidelity, affinity and bride service among the urarina of peruvian amazonia. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 1995; 1(1): 87-110.
30. Dean B. Multiple regimes of value: Unequal exchange and the circulation of urarina palm-fiber wealth. Museum Anthropology. [Spanish translation, 1995 “Multiples regimenes de valor: intercambiodesigual y la circulación de bienesintercambiales de fibra de palmera entre los Urarina. Amazonía Peruana. 13(25).] Lima, Peru; The Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicacíon Práctica; 1994; 18(1): 3-20. doi: 10.1525/mua.1994.18.1.3
31. Dean B. The Poetics of Creation: Urarina Cosmogony and Historical Consciousness. Latin American Indian Literatures Journal. Review of American Indian Texts & Studies. Spring Publisher: 1994; 10(1):22-45.