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Rebecca Ruhlen


Ph.D. University of Washington
A.M. Harvard University
B.A. Trinity University


I am a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching specialties in East Asia (particularly South Korea), social movements, gender and feminist theory, reproduction, motherhood, and breastfeeding. My dissertation research was on feminist activism that dealt with violence against women in the emerging civil society of 1990s South Korea. I have also lived in Japan and China. More recently, I have studied breastfeeding advocacy as a social movement, mainly in North America, and engage with that movement as an advocacy anthropologist. I have done extensive volunteer work offering skilled breastfeeding support to parents and am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).


  • ANT 101 Introductory Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 219 Reproduction and Childrearing
  • ANT 263 Social Change
  • ANT 265 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
  • ANT 290 Ethnographic East Asia
  • ANT 319 Contradictions in Motherhood
  • ANT 370 Theory in Anthropology
  • ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing