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Brief Curriculum Vitae

Woodrow W. Denham, Ph. D.
Retired Independent Scholar




1976-77 National Institutes of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Language Behavior Research Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley; quantitative public policy anthropology; program director Gene Hammel.
1973 Ph.D. Degree, University of Washington; cultural anthropology; dissertation supervisor John Atkins.
1969-70 Visiting Post-Graduate Student, Sydney University, Australia; anthropology; mentor Les Hiatt.
1969 M.A. Degree, University of Washington; anthropology.
1967 B.A. Degree, University of Mississippi; anthropology, psychology, philosophy.

Academic Awards

1986 University System of New Hampshire Chancellor's Fund Publication Grant
1985-86 New Hampshire Council for the Humanities Public Program Grants
1978-80 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant
1977-78 McMaster University Arts Research Board Research Grants
1971-78 Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Research Grants (AIATSIS)
1976-77 National Institutes of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
1971-72 National Science Foundation Fellowship and Research Grant
1967-68 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Employment History

2007-Present Retired independent scholar.
2003-07 Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, KY, Associate professor of social sciences.
1996-97 North-South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Associate professor of anthropology and director of information services.
1993-96 United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE, Assistant professor of anthropology; head of Information Technology academic support and client services.
1989-90 Dar Al Fikr School, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Policy analyst and computer curriculum designer.
1988 Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Castries, St. Lucia. Visiting lecturer in Caribbean history and sociology.
1982-92 University System of New Hampshire, School for Lifelong Learning, Durham, NH. Adjunct faculty anthropology, computing.
1980-81 Department Of Anthropology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Faculty research associate.
1977-80 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Assistant professor of anthropology; chairman, arts faculty computer committee.
1973-99 Selected consultancies:
  • Technical Assistance & Development Services Ltd., Teddington, Middlesex, UK
  • Zayed University, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Youngone Group, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Seoul, Korea.
  • Computer Sciences Corp., Health Administration Services Division, Lanham, MD.
  • Business Management Systems Inc, Franconia, NH.
  • Caribbean Tourism Association, British West Indian Airways, and Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Board.
  • US Forest Service, Waitsfield, VT.
  • Peat Marwick and US Department of the Interior, Anchorage, AK.
  • Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Center, CA.
1959-65 Military experience in the US Air Force. Airborne Electronic Warfare Specialist. United States, Spain and England.


1977, 2007, 2014 Alyawarra Ethnographic Archive. This database, with 182 text files, 81 numeric files, 617 graphics files and 17 music files, contains all of my field data and all of the results of my field research with the Alyawarra-speaking Aborigines of Central Australia in 1971-72.
1980-2010 Group Compositions in Band Societies Database. This database contains 351 genealogical, demographic and census data files, in both numerical and graphic formats, from 41 hunter-gatherer societies for whom systematic and reasonably thorough records were made by reputable observers during the two centuries between 1776 and 1976. Available at KinSources Archive.
1989-2004 Middle Eastern Collection. This Collection, with 17 text files and 1200 graphics files, contains a wide assortment of essays, letters, technical and newspaper articles, an expatriate faculty handbook and a school catalog, lectures, maps and photographs that I produced during my eight years of work and travel in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bangladesh, India, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, etc. The dominant theme is East-West tensions.
1976-1989 Caribbean Collection. This collection contains 4 text files and 1100 graphics files focusing on a) the history of Cercopithecus aethiops in Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis between 1627 and 1986, and b) an experiment in educational development in St. Lucia that provides insights into Caribbean life that tourist brochures omit.
2013 Beyond fictions of closure in Aboriginal Australia. Mathematical Anthropology and Cultural Theory: Special Issue on Australian Systems. May 2013, Vol. 5, No. 1-9.
2012 Kinship, marriage and age in Aboriginal Australia. Mathematical Anthropology and Cultural Theory. May 2012:4(1):1-79.
2007 Indigenous Australian marriage paradox: small-world dynamics on a continental scale. Co-author D.R. White. Society for Anthropological Sciences Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2007.
2006 Seeking behavioral complexity in an Australian Aboriginal kinship system. Presented at European Conference on Complex Systems, Oxford University, September 2006.
2005 Multiple measures of Alyawarra kinship. Co-author D.R. White. Field Methods 17(1):70-101.
1997 Preconditions for delivering in-service teacher training: a perspective from Bangladesh. International Council on Education for Teaching: 1997 International Yearbook on Teacher Education, 2:496-510.
1994-96 Information Technology. UAE university computer center newsletter, a bilingual Arabic-English quarterly edited by W. Denham and distributed to academic computer users throughout the Arabian Gulf region. Al-Ain: UAE University.
1989 Journal of the Saudi Arabian Natural History Society, 2(9), Dec 1989. Co-editors W. Denham, D. Wood and J. Ady. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian Natural History Society.
1987 West Indian Green Monkeys: Problems in Historical Biogeography. Contributions to Primatology Vol. 24. Basel: Karger.
1979 Aranda and Alyawarra kinship: a quantitative argument for a double helix model. Co-authors W. Denham, C. McDaniel and J. Atkins. American Ethnologist 6(1):1-24.
1979 An introduction to the Alyawarra Ethnographic Data Base. Behavior Science Research, 14(2):133-153.
1975 Population properties of physical groups among the Alyawarra tribe of Central Australia. Archaeology & Physical Anthropology in Oceania, 10(2):114-151.
1974 Infant transport or infant carrying among the Alyawarra Tribe, Central Australia. Oceania, 44(4):253-277.
1971 Energy relations and some basic properties of primate social organization. American Anthropologist, 73(1):1-19.
1970 Nonhuman primate behavior: a note on recent research. American Anthropologist, 72(2):365-367.

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