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Rosemary Gianno

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Rhodes Hall N205 • M/S 3400

Degrees and Credentials:

B.A. summa cum laude, Anthropology, Queens College, C.U.N.Y.; M.Phil., Ph.D., Anthropology, Yale University

Professional Interests

I am interested in how people got to be the way that we are. The questions, who are we? where did we come from? are central for me. Specifically, I have dedicated myself to trying to understand those same questions relative to the Orang Asli, the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. At the moment, I am focused on writing up ethnographic data I collected on shamanic practices in one Orang Asli culture.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2000 Historical Archives Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research,
  • 1997 Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation,
  • 1997 Research Travel Grant, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation,
  • 1995 Humanities Focus Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities,
  • 1995 Exhibit Grant, Connecticut Humanities Council
  • 1994 Exhibit Grant, New Hampshire Humanities Council

Selected Professional Work:

Gianno, RosemarySemelai Culture and Resin Technology. Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

Gianno, Rosemary and Klaus J. Bayr “Semelai agricultural patterns: Toward an understanding of variation among indigenous cultures in southern peninsular Malaysia,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009

Gianno, Rosemary “Malay, Semelai, Temoq: Semelai Concepts of Ethnicity in South-Central Malaya,” in Politics, Land and Ethnicity in the Malay Peninsula and Borneo: Non-Malay Indigenous Groups and the State. Yale Southeast Asian Studies Monograph 46, 1997

Gianno, Rosemary, David von Endt, W. D. Erhardt, W. Hopwood, and Mary Baker“Archaeological resins from shipwrecks off the coast of Saipan and Thailand,” MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology 1990

Gianno, Rosemary“Archive for Aboriginal Malaysians,” Anthropology News, 2001

Gianno, Rosemary “Review of Personal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity,” Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania, 2012

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July 5, 2017 –

Current senior Olivia Miller, who’s minoring in dance and majoring in anthropology and sociology, recently returned from a semester in Ghana, where she immersed herself in traditional Ghanaian dance. At the request of recently retired KSC Artist in Residence Marcia Murdock , Miller wrote a paper on her experience as…

February 5, 2016 –

Sophomore Samantha Menke bears the distinction of being the Mason Library’s very first Orang Asli Archive Student Fellow. The Orang Asli Archive Advisory Committee selected her to begin working this semester (spring 2016).

"It was a tremendous honor to be chosen," Menke said. "I’ve had a great interest in anthropology…

October 29, 2014 –

Thanks to the efforts and support of a number of campus and community groups, including the departments of Sociology , Anthropology , Criminal Justice Studies , Holocaust & Genocide Studies , and Architecture ; KSC Pride; the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism ; the Office of the Provost ; and…

June 17, 2014 –

Five students traveled to Rwanda for four weeks as part of a course, Rwanda: Then & Now . With their professor, Therese Seibert of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the group toured the country, visited genocide memorials, participated in a program at the Peace Building Institute, learned about Rwandan…

June 10, 2014 –

Keene State College Preserves Documentary Materials of Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia in Archive that is Unique in the World

Researchers from Across the US and Seven Countries Traveled to Keene State for a Discussion about Orang Asli

This Wednesday, Keene State College kicked off a three-day gathering of researchers from…