UBC professor Naomi McPherson next editor-in-chief of Anthropologica

Anthropology professor Naomi McPherson

Anthropology professor Naomi McPherson

Naomi McPherson, associate professor of anthropology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been named the next editor-in-chief of Anthropologica, the Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society. McPherson will succeed current editor-in-chief Andrew Lyons, professor emeritus of anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

In making the announcement, the executive board of the Canadian Anthropology Society described McPherson as “an established scholar with extensive fieldwork experience in New Britain and who has published widely on such topics as myth, ritual, sorcery, gender relations, kinship, the anthropology of human reproduction, and HIV/AIDS.”

“We’re very proud to see Naomi’s outstanding contributions and leadership in the study of anthropology recognized this way,” says Cynthia Mathieson, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. “She will be setting the direction for a journal that is very prominent and highly regarded in anthropology both here in Canada and around the world.”

McPherson was editor of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) monograph, “In Colonial New Guinea: Anthropological Perspectives,” and is currently co-editing with Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies PhD student Michelle Walks an anthology called “Mothering: Anthropological Perspectives.”

McPherson’s three-year term will begin next May.

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