Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare

Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare
Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies, Tribal Liaison and Chair, FLC NAGPRA Committee Co-Director, NAGPRA grant P17AP00302, 2017-2019


  • Ethnographic Methods and Theory
  • The Inca and Other South American Civilizations
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality, and Race
  • Addressing Intimate Violence through Indigenous Feminist Thought
  • Histories of Amateur and Academic Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Museums and Global Heritage Studies
  • Native American Cultural Rights, NAGPRA, and Repatriation
  • Indigeneity, Urban Festivals, and Identity in South America
  • Anthropology of Spirituality and Materiality (e.g., Power of Masks)


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Anthropology, DePauw University 

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About Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare

Kathleen Fine-Dare is professor emeritus of Anthropology and Gender and Women’s Studies. She joined the college in 1983 and retired in 2018. She continues to serve the college as Chair of the President's NAGPRA Committee and as Tribal Liaison.

Dr. Fine-Dare conducts anthropological field research in Quito, Ecuador, and taught as a visiting professor in the master’s program in anthropology and culture at Salesian Polytechnic University. In addition, she has done field work in Peru, China and Bolivia. Dr. Fine-Dare has been an invited lecturer at Salesian Polytechnic University, Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She was an invited panelist at the Second Congress of Ecuadorian Anthropology (2006) and is a past Fulbright Scholar (2004-05, Ecuador).

Dr. Fine-Dare has received many honors from Fort Lewis College, including the Roger Peters Distinguished Professor Award (2009) and the 2005 Featured Scholar recognition. She is an advisory board member of the Latin American Studies Association, a member of the Fort Lewis College Professional Associates, and sits on the board of directors of the Mesa Verde Museum Association. 

In the news

Professor of Anthropology Kathy Fine-Dare and Board of Trustees member Ernest House, Jr., were interviewed for a story about the impact of the Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act. [3/1/19]

The anthology The Andean World, co-edited by Professor and Chair of Anthropology Kathleen Fine-Dare, was recently released by as part of the Routledge Worlds series. [12/12/18]

Dr. Fine-Dare was recognized by the Latin American Studies Association with Honorable Mention for the Dolores Cacuango Prize for Best Essay on Ecuadorian research.


Selected presentations and publications

Linda J. Seligmann and Kathleen Fine-Dare, editors (2018), The Andean World.

(2018): The Claims of Gender: Indigeneity, Sumak Kawsay, and Horizontal Women’s Power in Urban Ecuador under the 2008 Political Constitution, located in Vol. 3 of the collection on Gender in Constitutional Law, edited by Catharine A. MacKinnon.

(2016): Hidden Histories of Indigeneity in Urban Andean Ecuador: Transubstantiation, Ceremony, and Intention in Quito, Anthropological Forum, DOI: 10.1080/00664677.2016.1225568.

Fine-Dare and Dr. Charles Riggs were invited to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF), project called "Learning NAGPRA: Resources for Teaching and Training," based at Indiana University and part of a broader NSF initiative on "Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM."

Fine-Dare presented "The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) after 25 years: Accomplishments, challenges, and new conversations," at The Great Laboratory of Humanity international repatriation conference held May 31-June 2, 2016 at the University of Padova, located in Padua, Italy.

(2014) "The Claims of Gender: Indigeneity, Sumak Kawsay, and Horizontal Women's Power in Urban Ecuador under the 2008 Political Constitution," International Consortium for Social Development.

(2014) "From 'Mestizos' to 'Mashikuna': Global Influences on Discursive, Spatial, and Performed Realizations of Indigeneity in Urban Quito," in "Mestizaje and Globalization: Transformations of Identity and Power," University of Arizona Press.

(2014) To Cover in Order to Discover: A Lecture on Masks and Masking, a lecture given by Dr. Fine-Dare for the Fort Lewis College Professional Associates' Lifelong Learning Series. This lecture closed out a year long exhibit of largely South American masks collected by Dr. Fine-Dare and Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Dr. Byron Dare, displayed in Fort Lewis College's Reed Library.

(2011) "Interpreting an Absence: Esther's Legacy at Mesa Verde National Park," with Bryanna N. Durkee, Journal of the West, 50(3):43-50.

(2009) Border Crossings: Transnational Americanist Anthropology, University of Nebraska Press.

(2003) Review of  "Gender in Real Time: Power and Transience in a Visual Age," by Kath Weston, in The Women's Studies International Forum Journal 26(3): 180-81.

(2002) Grave Injustice: The American Indian Repatriation Movement and NAGPRAUniversity of Nebraska Press.