Baringo Bilinda on elephant cell signal
Honors and Awards

SCHOLARLY

2017-20 National Science Foundation: Grant #1728743

2014-17 National Science Foundation (with Ivy Pike, dual PI): Grants #1430860 and 1430790

2013 SEE Innovation Highlight

2010 Emerging Scholar Award, Western Michigan University.

2008-11 National Science Foundation (with Ivy Pike, dual PI): Grants #0822915 and 0822951

2004-2008 National Science Foundation (with Jon Holtzman, co-PI): Grant #0413431, 2004-2008

2000-2012 Recipient of numerous scholarly and teaching with technology grants, Western Michigan University

2006-2007 Nominated for Teaching Award, Western Michigan University

1992-1994 Fulbright Award Recipient

CREATIVE WRITING RECOGNITION

2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Award First Runner Up

2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Award Finalist

2013 Faulkner-Wisdom Award Short-listed Finalist

2012 New Letters LIterary Award Finalist

2012 & 2014 Mid-American Review Fineline Competition Semi-Finalist

2012 Faulkner-Wisdom Award Semi-Finalist

 

 

Photo Credits:

Top center (Bilinda on elephant) and right (Bilinda and friends trying to catch a cell signal) by Charles Hilton; All other photos by Bilinda Straight

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Publications

SINGLE AUTHORED BOOKS

2007 Miracles and Extraordinary Experience in Northern Kenya. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. November.

EDITED COLLECTIONS

2006 Becoming Dead: The Entangled Agencies of the Dearly Departed. Special Issue (Bilinda Straight, ed.), Anthropology and Humanism 31(2).

2005 Women on the Verge of Home. Bilinda Straight (editor). SUNY (State University of New York) Press.

2002 Conflict at the Center of Ethnography, Special issue (Bilinda Straight, ed.), Anthropology and Humanism 27(1).

POETRY 

2016 "The Souls of Fishes." Chariton Review Volume 39(2): 76-77.

2016 "The Visible Human Project." Double Dealer - Faulkner Wisdom Society 2016.

ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS 

2017 Uniquely Human: Cultural Norms and Private Acts of Mercy in the Warzone. American Anthropologist.

2016 'Dust People': Samburu Perspectives on Disaster, Identity, and Resilience. (Straight, lead author; Authors: Bilinda Straight, Paul Lane, and Charles Hilton). Journal of East African Studies. Special Issue, David Anderson and Michael Bollig, editors.

2016 Comparative Nutritional Indicators as Markers for Resilience: A Case Study of the Impacts of Low Intensity Violence Among Three Pastoralist Communities of Northern Kenya. (Straight, second author; Authors: Ivy Pike, Bilinda Straight, Charles Hilton, and Matthias Oesterle). Journal of East African Studies. Special Issue, David Anderson and Michael Bollig, editors.

2015 'It Was Maendeleo That Removed Them': Disturbing Burials and Reciprocal Knowledge Production in a Context of Collaborative Archaeology. (Straight, lead author; Authors: Bilinda Straight, Paul Lane, Charles Hilton, and Musa Letua). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

2015 Suicide in Three East African Communities and the Role of Researcher Outsiders for Positive Transformation: A Case Study. (Straight, lead author; Authors: Bilinda Straight, Ivy Pike, Charles Hilton, and Matthias Oesterle). Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry.

2013 Umoja: No Men Allowed, by Elizabeth Tadic (film review essay). American Anthropologist 115(1): 135-137.

2012 How Enemies Are Made: Toward a Theory of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts, by Günther Schlee (book review). American Ethnologist 38(4): 827-828.

2010 "Documenting the Consequences of Endemic Warfare in Three Pastoralist Communities of Northern Kenya: A Conceptual Framework." (Straight, 2nd author; Authors: Ivy Pike, Bilinda Straight, Matthias Oesterle, Charles Hilton, and Adamson Lanyasunya). Social Science Medicine 70(1):45-52.

2010 "Death, Grief, and Cross-World Longing." Reviews in Anthropology 39(2): 127-147

2009 "The Sense of War Songs." In Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi (ed.) Violence: Ethnographic Encounters.

2009 "Sensing Divinity, Death, and Resurrection: Theorizing Experience Through Miracles." In David Howes (ed.) The Sixth Sense Reader. Berg. October 2009.
 
2009 "Making Sense of Violence in the Badlands of Kenya." Anthropology and Humanism. Special Issue, Ethnographies of Violence, Michael Harkin and Neil Whitehead, eds. Vol. 34(1): 21-30.

2008 "Killing God: Extraordinary Moments in the Colonial Mission Encounter." Current Anthropology. Vol. 49(5): 837-860.

2007 "House, Fire, Gender." Material Religion 3(1): 48-61. [Material Religion was runner-up for Council of Editors of Learned Journals' 'Best New Journal' Award, 2006.].

2006 "Introduction" In Becoming Dead: The Entangled Agencies of the Dearly Departed. Special Issue (Bilinda Straight, ed.), Anthropology and Humanism 31(2): 101-110.

2006  A World-Creating Approach to Belief. Pp. 104-122 In James White (ed.) Talking About ReligionThe University of Notre Dame Press.

2005 In the Belly of History: Memory, Forgetting, and the Hazards of Reproduction Among Samburu in Northern Kenya. Africa 75(1): 83-104. 

2005 Introduction. Pp. 1-25 In Bilinda Straight (ed.) Women on the Verge of Home. SUNY.

2005 Migration, Loss, and Identity in an Appalachian Woman’s Life History. Pp. 89-107 In Bilinda Straight (ed.) Women on the Verge of Home. SUNY.

2005 Cutting Time: Beads, Sex, and Songs in the Making of Samburu Memory. Pp. 267-283 In The Qualities of Time: Temporarl Dimensions of Social Form and Human Experience. Wendy James and David Mills (eds.). ASA Monograph Series. Routledge. 

2003 Samburu. Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember (eds.) Encyclopedia of Sex and gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures. Human Relations Area Files at Yale University, Kluwer/Plenum. 

2002 Introduction. In Bilinda Straight (special issue editor), Conflict at the Center of Ethnography, Special issue of Anthropology and Humanism 27(1): 3-9. 

2002 "Between Mamas: The Anthropology of a Dispute, or -- The Perils of Having Sons in the Field. In Bilinda Straight (special issue editor) Conflict at the Center of Ethnography, Special issue of Anthropology and Humanism 27(1): 43-59.

2002 "From Samburu Heirloom to New Age Artifact: The Cross-Cultural Consumption of Mporo Marriage Beads. American Anthropologist 104(1): 7-21.

2000 Development Ideologies and Local Knowledge Among Samburu Women in Northern Kenya. In Dorothy Hodgson (ed.) Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture, and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist. Oxford, UK: James Currey. 

1997 Gender, Work, and Change Among Samburu Pastoralists of Northern Kenya. Research in Economic Anthropology 18: 65-91.