June Anderson, Program Supervisor

Born and raised in England, June Anderson has been a staff member of the Academy's Anthropology Dept. since 1983 and is currently the Supervisor of the museum's Traditional Arts Program.

Specializing in urban ethnography, June conducts research and fieldwork within ethnic neighborhoods of the Bay Area, primarily documenting the contemporary folk art traditions of the many immigrant and Native American groups in our community. Her main area of study is material culture, in particular ethnic textiles, and she has published several books on traditional artists, including studies of Turkish weaving, an African American woodcarver, and a Hmong textile artist. She has degrees in Textile History from Bath Academy of Art in England and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, as well as a masters degree in anthropology from UC Berkeley.

In addition to local projects, June has documented weaving traditions in the Highlands of Guatemala and Ecuador, has spent five years documenting carpet-weaving in remote villages of Turkey, and has conducted fieldwork with Aborigine communities in northern Australia relevant to cultural tourism.  Her current projects are studying the annual Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko Festival on the island of Moloka'i, Hawaii (with Jenny Michael) and documenting the annual gatherings and celebrations of California Indians

You can reach June at (415) 750-7164 or by email at janderson@calacademy.org.

Dr. Jennifer Michael, Program Coordinator

Jenny Michael joined the Academy of Science's Traditional Arts Program in May of 1999. She grew up in the Bay Area, where she completed undergraduate work at Stanford and a master's degree in Folklore at the University of California at Berkeley. Her studies then took her to Philadelphia, where she earned a doctorate in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. After holding teaching positions at Penn and Indiana University, Jenny returned to the Bay Area, where, in addition to her responsibilities at CAS, she is currently teaching in the American Studies Program at U.C. Berkeley.

Jenny's particular interests lie in the adornment, manipulation, and transformation of the body, in women's cultural expression and material culture, especially dress and foodways. Much of her research has focused on ethnic communities in the United States and abroad, including dissertation fieldwork on the women's costume tradition in Arles, France, several years working in urban neighborhoods as a staff folklorist for the Philadelphia Folklore Project, and an oral history study of the tiny African American town of Nicodemus, Kansas--now a National Historic Site--conducted for the National Park Service. A grant from the Louisville Institute allowed Jenny to continue this last project during the summer of 2000 with a study of the local Baptist church. Other current projects include documentation of the annual Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko Festival on the island of Moloka'i, Hawaii (with June Anderson) and a study of Chinese acrobatics

Click here to see Jenny's CV. 

You can reach Jenny at (415) 750-7165 or by email at jmichael@calacademy.org.


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