Dorothy K. Billings
Cultural Anthropologist - Emeritus
PhD, 1972, University of Sydney
Area of Study/Interest
Melanesia, Art, religions, world views; indigenous knowledge, sustainable development
Peoples of the Pacific, Art and Culture, World Cultures, Intercultural Relationships,
LAS 300: Global Issues, Peoples of China, Peoples of Africa, Women in Other Cultures,
Magic, Witchcraft, Religion; Theory.
Raised in Milwaukee. Attended Riverside High School. I began college at Radcliffe
and finished at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I studied for one year (1955)
at the University of Auckland-New Zealand as a Fulbright scholar Began my Ph.D at
Columbia in New York, where I passed the PhD comprehensive exams and the exams in
two languages (French and German). While studying I worked full time (1959-63) at
the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where I taught school children and teachers about the
arts and artifacts of “Eskimos,” Pueblo Indians, Northwest Coast, Oceania, Africa
and Mexico. I then (1964)went on to the University of Sydney, where I received a tenured
position as a Senior Tutor.
- 1987 Expressive Style and Culture: Individualism and Group Orientation Contrasted. Language in Society 16:475-497.
- 2002 Cargo Cult as Theater: Political Performance in the Pacific. Lanham: Lexington Books.
- 2007 New Ireland Malanggan Art: the Quest for Meaning. Oceania: 77:3, pp. 257-285.