Carole Robarchek, MA

Carole Robarchek was born in Kingman, Arizona, in 1943. Her father was an officer in the Air Force, her mother a homemaker. She discovered anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, where she received her BA in 1971, entering the PhD program the same year. In 1974, on returning from her dissertation fieldwork in Malaysia, she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and given a 50% chance of surviving the year. During the years of surgery and intensive chemotherapy that followed, academic deadlines passed with her dissertation uncompleted. Later, however, as survival began to appear to be a real possibility, she resumed her ethnographic research. She has since conducted fieldwork in Malaysia and Ecuador and has taught at the California State Universities at Los Angeles and Bakersfield and at Wichita State University. She also served as a consultant conducting community health and needs assessments in Kansas and directed a program to help minority and disadvantaged students succeed in nursing. She has served for 8 years as Research Development Specialist in the Office of Research Administration at Wichita State University assisting faculty to write research proposals. Publications include numerous articles in journals and edited volumes and, with Clayton Robarchek, the monograph Waorani: the Contexts of Violence and War (Harcourt Brace 1998).


The 2007 Conference