- Humanities Institute, UT Austin/ Univ. of Chicago
Pauline (Polly) Turner Strong, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Strong has taught at the University of Texas since 1993. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colorado College, and her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her expertise includes gender, class, ethnicity, organizational culture, youth culture, community participatory research, and the medical humanities. Her most recent book, American Indians and the American Imaginary, was published in 2012. As director of the Humanities Institute she leads interdisciplinary programs that bridge divisions between campus and community, including initiatives in violence and the humanities, social medicine and the medical humanities, and community-based research. She has received several awards for her teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.