Forward, Jean S. 1948-

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FORWARD, Jean S. 1948-


Born November 13, 1948, in Malden, MA; daughter of Robert B., Sr. (a pipefitter) and Emma Hickman (a homemaker) Forward; married Thomas F. Mangan, Jr. (a clinic manager), January 10, 1976; children: Thomas F. III, Jesse R., Susan A. Ethnicity: "North Atlantic peasant." Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., 1971, M.A.T., 1974, Ph.D., 1986. Politics: Independent.


Home—Wendell, MA. Office—Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003. E-mail[email protected]; [email protected]


Our House, Inc., Greenfield, MA, program director and staff member, 1972-76, educational coordinator, 1974-76; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, lecturer in anthropology, 1991—. Norwich University, Vermont College, field supervisor, 2001—; Suffolk University, professor, 2003; lecturer at other institutions, including Greenfield Community College, Western New England College, and Marlboro College; conference presenter. Wendell Historical Commission, chair, 1979—.


American Anthropological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, Council on Anthropology and Education, Anthropology and Environment, Association for Feminist Anthropology, Northeast Anthropological Association.


Grants from Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1974, 1975, Sigma Xi, 1982, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 1986, American Philosophical Society, 1986, and Five College American Indian Studies Committee, 1991.


(Editor, with Kelli Costa, and contributor) Endangered Peoples of Europe, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.

(Editor) Reader in Anthropology, Kendall/Hunt Publishers (Dubuque, IA), 2001.

Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Northeast Anthropological Newsletter, Practicing Anthropology, and American Anthropologist.


Jean S. Forward told CA: "As the eighth child in a family of ten, observing and participating in large groups of people has always been part of my life. As a cultural anthropologist, I get to do it as social science research. The research is part of the information base that I use to teach. Education, formal and informal, fills my life professionally and personally. My master's degree is in teaching—crossculturally—to and about others. I worked as a volunteer in the education department of the Boston Indian Council for my dissertation research, expanding my understanding of the role of education in perpetuating ethnic identity. Working with the original people of North America and researching family history led me to study Europe and its processes of global colonization, especially England and its colonization of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Now my expertise about native North American tribal nations is equaled by research and knowledge of Celtic people and their diaspora resulting from colonization. I'm an activist—about native rights, human rights in general, the environment, and public education."