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Douglas W. Hollan


Professor


Contact Information

Email    dhollan@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  316B Haines
Phone  310-825-3366
I am a cultural and psychological anthropologist whose primary focus is on how social experience affects health

(including mental and emotional health), emotions, empathy, embodiment, and different states of consciousness and non-consciousness (including sleeping and dreaming).

Using person-centered interviews and observation, I am particularly interested in how emotional health and well-being are conceptualized in different times and places, and the extent to which these conceptualizations feed into the experience of health and well-being per se.

I am currently co-director of the FPR (Foundation for Psychocultural Research)-UCLA Culture, Brain, Development, and Mental Health Program, which attempts to integrate ethnography and neuroscience in the study of global mental health issues. 

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California San Diego (1984)

Awards

UCLA Luckman Distinghished Teaching Award (1995) 

Boyer Prize, Society for Psychological Anthropology (2013)

Selected Publications

2013 Coping in Plain Sight: Work as a Local Response to Event-Related Emotional Distress in Contemporary U.S. Society. Transcultural Psychiatry. 

2013 Sleeping, Dreaming, and Health in Rural Indonesia and the Urban U.S.: A Cultural and Experiential Approach. Social Science and Medicine 79:23-30. 

2012 On the Varieties and Particularities of Cultural Experience. Ethos 40:37-53. 

2012 Emerging Issues in the Cross-Cultural Study of Empathy. Emotion Review 4:70-78. 

2011 The Anthropology of Empathy: Experiencing the Lives of Others in Pacific Societies (Co-editor with C. Jason Throop). New York: Berghahn Press. 

2010 Willing in Context. In Towards an Anthropology of the Will. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 

2009 The Influence of Culture on the Experience and Interpretation of Disturbing Dreams. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 33:313-322. 

2008 Selfscapes of Well-Being in a Rural Indonesian Village. In Pursuits of Happiness: Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective. New York: Berghahn Press. 

2008 Whatever Happened to Empathy? (co-editor with C. Jason Throop). Ethos 36. 

2008 Being There: On the Imaginative Aspects of Understanding Others and Being Understoood. Ethos 36:475-489.

Research

Ethnopsychology and psychoanalysis; psychiatric and medical anthropology; person-centered ethnography; Indonesia, Oceania.

Current Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

Directed Research in Anthropology

Individual in Culture

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Fall Quarter

Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

Individual in Culture

2014 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2012 Fall Quarter

Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

Individual in Culture

2012 Spring Quarter

Anthropology of Gender Variance across Cultures from Third Gender to Transgender

2012 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2011 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

2011 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

2010 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Individual in Culture

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Spring Quarter

Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

2009 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2009 Winter Quarter

Writing for Anthropology

2008 Spring Quarter

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

2006 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

2006 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2006 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

2005 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

2005 Winter Quarter

Beginning Seminar

Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2004 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2004 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2003 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2003 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2003 Winter Quarter

Beginning Seminar

2002 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2001 Summer Session

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

2001 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

2000 Summer Session

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

1999 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

Human Lives: Psychocultural Perspective

1999 Summer Session

Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

1999 Winter Quarter

Culture and Society

1998 Fall Quarter

Human Lives: Psychocultural Perspective

1998 Summer Session
1998 Winter Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 135T
Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

2015 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 239P
Selected Topics in Field Ethnography

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 235
Individual in Culture

2015 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 191HD
Writing for Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 98T
Anthropology of Gender Variance across Cultures from Third Gender to Transgender

2012 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 135S
Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality

2008 Spring Quarter

2001 Summer Session

2000 Summer Session

1999 Summer Session

ANTHRO 200
Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminar: Anthropology

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 191HA
Beginning Seminar

2005 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 197HA
Beginning Seminar

2003 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 9
Culture and Society

2001 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

HNRS 54
Human Lives: Psychocultural Perspective

1999 Fall Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 135B

1998 Summer Session

ANTHRO 9

1998 Winter Quarter