Faculty and Staff

William R. Seaburg

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B.A. English, Western Washington State College
Ph.D.Anthropology, University of Washington

Office: UW1-253
Phone: 425-352-5267
Email: seaburg@u.washington.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I like people. I enjoy the interaction, the give-and-take process of teaching-and learning from-students. I like to laugh. And I relish the interdisciplinary and innovative curriculum I have the privilege of designing and teaching at UW Bothell. I believe these four factors undergird my success as a teacher. Other facets of my teaching praxis build upon this foundation. One of my roles as an instructor is to model attitudes and critical strategies for learning, including: critical thinking, a tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to temporarily bracket one's immediate or visceral response to unfamiliar (and perhaps disquieting) ideas, and the ability to step back, to gain a critical distance from one's own culture.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 317 Language, Society, and Cultural Knowledge
BIS 366 Exploring American Culture: Americans at the Margins
BIS 385 Cross-Cultural Oral Traditions
BIS 451 Northwest Indian Myths and Tales
BIS 490 Senior Seminar: Exotics at Home: Americans Studying Americans


My research interests include: the history of knowledge production and presentation in Anthropology and related fields; Northwest Indian languages, cultures, and oral traditions. I am currently editing collection of Upper Coquille Athabaskan myths and tales from Coquelle Thompson.

Selected Publications

2000: Badger and Coyote Were Neighbors: Melville Jacobs on Northwest Indian Myths and Tales (with Pamela Amoss), Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.

2002: Coquille Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: A Cultural Biography (with Lionel Youst), Nornan, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

2003: The Nehalem Tillamook: An Ethnography by Elizabeth D. Jacobs, ed. and introduced by William R. Seaburg. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.