Sherry B. Ortner

University of California, Los Angeles | Distinguished Research Professor of AnthropologyMember since 1969

My Biography

herry B. Ortner is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. She has done extensive research with the Sherpas of Nepal, and her final monograph on the Sherpas, Life and Death on Mt. Everest won the J.I. Staley Prize in 2004. Since then she has been conducting research in the U.S., first on her high school graduating class (growing up in mid-20th century prosperity), then on the world of independent film (responding to the neoliberal era of shrinking opportunity). Her current project concerns the use of film in activist politics (seeking to fix an increasingly broken world through action).