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March 31, 2009
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853.

Anthropology society honors KU professor Don Stull for distinguished service

LAWRENCE — Donald D. Stull, professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, has received the Society of Applied Anthropology’s Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award for 2009.

The award was presented March 20 during the society’s annual meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., to honor Stull’s service to the organization and his contributions to applied anthropology in general.

Stull was president of the society between 2005 and 2007 and was editor of the group’s flagship journal, Human Organization, from 1999 to 2004.

Nationally, Stull is recognized for his research on the meat and poultry industries in North America and the impact of industrial agriculture on farmers and rural communities, particularly rapid community growth accompanying rural industrialization. More recently, his research has focused on the impact of the end of the federal tobacco program on tobacco farmers in his home state of Kentucky.

Stull is among those who pioneered the approach known as collaborative, or participatory, research in applied anthropology. Its hallmark is close cooperation between professional researchers and community leaders and activists to identify social problems, select techniques for investigating them, interpret results and recommend action.

His books include “Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America,” written with Michael Broadway in 2004, and “Any Way You Cut it: Meat Processing and Small-town America,” published by the University Press of Kansas in 1995. Stull edited the 1995 book with Broadway and David Griffith. These books drew heavily on their 1988-90 Ford Foundation study of “Changing Ethnic Relations in Garden City, Kansas.”

In 2001, Stull was named an honorary citizen of Garden City in recognition of the contribution of his research to the community. The High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology recognized his exemplary achievement in 1995 with the Omer C. Stewart Memorial Award. At KU, he has received the 1998 Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award and the 2002 Irvin Youngberg Award for Research Achievement in the Applied Sciences.

Stull has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Kentucky-Lexington and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He also has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California-Berkeley.


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