Kate Browne is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geology. Her research focuses on the hidden role of culture in domains such as disaster and economics. Her latest book is Standing in the Need: Life After Katrina.
She has conducted long-term research in the French Caribbean, French Polynesia, New Orleans and Houston, and has published two books and produced two documentary films including Still Waiting: Life After Katrina, (http://www.stillwaiting.colostate.edu) which was broadcast on PBS stations across the U.S. and Canada. She has been interviewed by Bob Edwards of National Public Radio and Ryan Warner of Colorado Public Radio. Browne won the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology in 2018 and CSU’s Best Teacher Award in 2011.
Browne received her B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University in 1976. She then studied anthropology at the same institution, earning her M.A. in 1990 and her Ph.D. in 1993. Browne was elected president of the Society for Economic Anthropology (2011-2013) and since 2000, has served on the Board of Trustees for the University Press of Colorado. She is an editorial board member for Human Organization, the flagship journal for the Society for Applied Anthropology.