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Brandon M Chapman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology 
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences




Ph.D., Washington State University
M.S.S., Utah State University
B.A., DePauw University


Brandon Chapman is a cultural anthropologist specializing in local and traditional ecological knowledge, subsistence economies, and economic and cognitive anthropology. Since 2011, he has worked documenting the local knowledge of Native Alaskans across the state, mostly with the Iñupiaq of the Northwest Arctic. During this time, he designed and conducted the semi-structured interview methods for the Northwest Arctic Borough’s $1.8 million subsistence mapping project, which recorded highly and traditionally used subsistence areas across the region. Before moving to Alaska, Chapman worked on his dissertation in a small fishing village in Trinidad/Tobago where he showed that cognitive models shape how local subsistence users make decisions about economic transactions. He also conducted research in fishing villages in Peru for his master’s thesis. He has been published in several journals and popular science magazines including The Social Science Journal and Cultural Survival Quarterly. His research interests include local and traditional knowledge, subsistence management practices, and integrating cultural models into international and community development projects.

Chapman has also authored several monographs and publications on the history of ranching in the western U.S. and Canada during the 19th and 20th centuries. His research focuses on the Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Deer Lodge, MT and George Lane’s Bar U Ranch near Longview, AB. He received a Montana Historical Society Fellowship and has been invited to write for Montana: The Magazine of Western History.


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