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Polly Wiessner

Dept. of Anthropology | University of Utah
Symposium Co-Organizer


  • Bachelor of Arts 1969, SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE
  • Doctor of Philosophy 1977, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARB

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award. University of Utah , 05/2009

In the Media

  • 'Vengeance' Bites Back at Jared Diamond by Michael Balter. Science 324(5929). 10/15/2009.
  • A Conversation with Pauline Wiessner: Where Gifts and Stories are Crucial to Survival. New York Times Science 05/26/2009. 05/26/2009.
  • Turning from War to Peace in Papua New Guinea by Elizabeth Culotta, Science Magazine, vol. 337, September 28, 2012. 09/28/2012.
  • Gifts v. Gunfire: Utah anthropologist studies how tribal customs halt wars by Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune, September 27. 09/27/2012.
  • In New Guinea Peace comes with a Price by Bruce Bower, Science News, September 27, 2012. 09/27/2012.
  • Profile: Pauline Wiessner. Anthropologist Brings Worlds Together. Science Magazine (AAAS). 08/13/2010.