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Meet Professor Michele R. Gamburd
Meet Professor Michele R. Gamburd

Michele Ruth Gamburd is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Portland State University. A cultural anthropologist, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995. She is the author of The Kitchen Spoon’s Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka’s Migrant Housemaids (2000), Breaking the Ashes: The Culture of Illicit Liquor in Sri Lanka (2008) and The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Disaster (2013). She is co-editor (with Dennis B. McGilvray) of Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions (2010).

The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka's Tsunami Disaster examines power relations on Sri Lanka's southwest coast in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Framed as a contribution to the anthropology of disaster, it uses political anthropology and discourse analysis to explore how the catastrophe changed social identities, economic dynamics, and governance structures.

Voice of America recently broadcasted the following radio interviews with Dr. Gamburd. On her tsunami work, see On her alcohol studies, see

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