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D. Douglas Caulkins

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Douglas Caulkins was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and earned a B.A. with Honors and Distinction in Anthropology and Sociology at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University. His dissertation research dealt with social capital and voluntary organizations in Norway. Since 1970 he has been a member of the Anthropology Department of Grinnell College, where he has also been Assistant Dean and Acting Associate Dean of the College. Elected president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research in 2006, Caulkins has published 70 journal articles and book chapters on diverse topics including Chippewa adolescent culture, Norwegian social capital, high technology entrepreneurship and regional development in Wales, Scotland, and England, organizational cultures in high technology firms and heritage sites, Welsh and “Celtic” identity, the global Welsh diaspora, ethnicity and entrepreneurship, research methodology, and applied anthropology. He has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and has been a visiting scholar/fellow at Trondheim University ( Norway), Bergen University ( Norway), Durham University ( England), Stirling University ( Scotland), St. David’s College, University of Wales, and the University of Kansas. Caulkins has been a participant in applied anthropology projects, including a federally-funded project to develop new technology for empowering diabetics on Lakota Reservations to better manage their health. Awarded the Earl D. Strong Chair in Social Studies in 2000, he became the Donald L. Wilson Professor in 2005 and directs the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, which has the mission of promoting socially responsible career options in the non-profit, for-profit and governmental sectors. In keeping with his strong interest in policy issues, he served in government on a national level as a faculty intern with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment in Washington, D.C. (1983) and on the local level as a member of the Poweshiek County Zoning Commission (2005-). A member of the Prairie Studies Program, he is a founder of an environmental stewardship organization, Pleasant Grove Land Preservation, Inc, a board member of a biofiber producers organization, Creative Horizons of Iowa, LLC, and the owner, with his wife Lorna, of 240 acres of reconstructed prairie, sedge meadow, wetland, and restored oak savannah. Articles: http://web.grinnell.edu/anthropology/Faculty/doug/dougarticles.html  CELTIC CULTURES PROJECT:  http://web.grinnell.edu/anthropology/Research/celtic.html  RESEARCH IN ENGLAND: http://web.grinnell.edu/anthropology/Research/england.html  GRID/GROUP RESEARCHhttp://web.grinnell.edu/anthropology/Research/gridgroupresearch.html

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3136


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On-Campus Address: 

204 Faculty House
1118 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. with Honors and Distinction in Anthropology and Sociology at Carleton College Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University

Courses Taught: 

Learning from Alumni; Sustainability 

Primary Academic Interest: 

social capital and voluntary organizations in Norway

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