Laura Klein earned a PhD in anthropology from New York University with a dissertation on women and local level politics in a Tlingit community. She joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran U in 1979 and has since been involved in the transformation of two person concentration in a joint department with sociology and social work to an independent six faculty anthropology department. She has continued to do research and write about gender and Tlingit issues and has increasingly focused on historic settler colonialism and global issues. Her most recent research involves a case of US adults who were adopted from a notorious Canadian adoption agency. She is the author of Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues (Prentice-Hall) with political scientist, Ann Kelleher, Native American Women and Power (Oklahoma) co-edited with Lillian A Ackerman, and Women and Men in World Cultures (McGraw-Hill) as well as several articles.