Harald Prins

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Harald E.L. Prins is an
ethnohistorian and visual anthropologist. After his doctoraal at U
Nijmegen (‘76), he earned a certificate in advanced 16mm-filmmaking in
New York (‘80), and a PhD (New School for Social Research ‘88). As
tribal anthropologist for a Mi’kmaq Indian rights and land claims case
throughout the 1980s, he successfully testified in the US Senate (’90)
and subsequently served as expert witness in Canadian courts. He also
functioned as an International Observer in Paraguay’s contested
presidential elections (‘93). Prins has taught comparative history in
the Netherlands and anthropology at Bowdoin College in Maine before
coming to Kansas State University (KSU) in 1990. There he received
several teaching honors, including KSU’s Presidential Award (‘99) and
the Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars
(’04-‘05). Based on extensive fieldwork and advocacy research among
indigenous peoples in South and North America, he has published several
dozen academic articles and book chapters in various languages. In
addition to authoring a book, "The Mi’kmaq: Resistance, Accommodation,
and Cultural Survival" (‘96), he co-edited "American Beginnings:
Exploration, Culture, and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega (‘94)".
He also co-authored several major international anthropology textbooks,
including "Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge" (’05), and
co-edited several special academic journal issues. His major
documentary film credits include co-authoring the international
award-winning "Oh, What a Blow that Phantom Gave Me!" (‘03) and "Our
Lives in Our Hands" (‘86)--a widely-screened documentary about Mi’kmaq
Indians also broadcast on public television. He also served as key
advisor on the award-winning "Wabanaki: A New Dawn" (‘96). In addition to being a member of several professional juries, editorial and advisory
boards, Prins served a two-year term as President of the Society for
Visual Anthropology and four years as Visual Anthropology Review Editor of the "American Anthropologist". Harald Prins was recently appointed
University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at KSU and also
serves as guest curator for an exhibition on fieldwork and human rights
at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington D.C.