Emihovich named fellow in anthropology society

University of Florida education professor Catherine Emihovich has been tapped as a fellow in the national Society for Applied Anthropology in recognition of her scholarly contributions and leadership in anthropology and the social sciences.

Dean Catherine Emihovich


Emihovich is a professor of research and evaluation methodology in the College of Education and served as its 12th dean from 2002-2011. She is a past president of the Council on Anthropology and Education within the American Anthropological Association, and a past editor of Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

While minoring in anthropology and education, she has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s in measurement and statistics, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research publications and presentations—on topics such as children’s language use, literacy issues and race, class and gender equity issues—reflect her dual interests in education and anthropology. Emihovich has published three books and numerous scholarly articles and has presented more than 100 papers at conferences worldwide.

Since stepping down as dean to return to full-time teaching and research, Emihovich has revived the college’s Center for Community Education, serving as director and reshaping its focus to promote collaborative, community-based “action research” and policy change in education, health and social services.

The interdisciplinary Society for Applied Anthropology, founded in 1941, promotes the application of the social sciences to contemporary problems.  Its membership includes specialists and researchers in anthropology, sociology, social geography, nutrition and social psychology.

The society’s cadre of fellows that Emihovich joins serves in an advisory and counseling role to the group’s officers and board of directors.