Sergei A. Kan
Professor of Anthropology
Faculty Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Affiliated Faculty, University of Haifa, Israel
As a scholar of Native American ethnology and ethnohistory, I have been interested in ways in which Alaska Native (particularly Tlingit) cultures have changed over time while preserving some of their core values and maintaining a distinct indigenous identity. I have also researched the history of American and Russian anthropology, particularly the interaction between Boasian and Russian anthropology from the early 1900s through the 1940s. My major current project in the history of anthropology is an intellectual biography of Alexander Goldenweiser (1880-1940), a porminent American anthropologist of Russian-Jewish descent. Currently I am also preparing for publication an annotated book of photographs taken in Sitka, Alaska by Elbridge W. Merrill(1897-1929). I have also begun a large project on the history and culture of the Creole (Russian-Native) community of Sitka, Alaska.
- Moscow State University
- B.A. Boston University
- M.A. University of Chicago
- Ph.D. University of Chicago
Book Sharing Our Knowledge: the Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors. University of Nebraska Press. 2015.
The 2015 Western History Association Joan Patterson Kerr Award for the best illustrated book on the American West.
Book Symbolic Immortality: the Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century. Second Edition (Revised and expanded). University of Washington Press. 2015.
[1990 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award].
Book Memory Eternal: Tlingit Culture and Russian Orthodox Christianity through Two Centuries. University of Washington Press. 1999.
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, March 25, 2020
Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Nashville, TN, 2016
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, 2015
International Conference “Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulse.” Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2013
Fifth International Conference on Russian America, Mariehamn, Finland, 2012
Tlingit Clan Conferences; Sitka, Alaska, 2012; Juneau, Alaska, 2017, 2015, 2013
Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 2012
Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada, 2019
American Society for Ethnohistory, Annual Meeting, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2018
Works In Progress
Book: A Multi-Ethnic Alaska Town: Sitka as Depicted by Elbridge W. Merrill's Photographs (1890s-1920s) (book)
Book: Russsian-Native Creoles in Sitka, Alaska (1867-1967)
Book: Alexander A. Goldenweiser: a Rebellious Boasian Anthropologist. (An intellectual biography of one of the most brilliant yet underappreciated American anthropologists of the 1910s-1930s.