Associate Professor
Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

(Formerly Department of Sociology/Anthropology)

University Park Campus,
SIPA 327
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th Street

Miami, Florida 33199

Telephone: (305) 348-2262


FAX: (305) 348-3605

      Current Positions:


Associate Professor:  
         Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, FIU.

Affiliated Professor:  
         Department of Religious Studies, FIU (web)

     Major Positions Held:

President: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
November 2006 - November 2008. (NAPA)

Assistant to the Provost, 1990-2000  
   Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs, FIU.

Executive Board Member:
American Anthropological Association
      Practicing/Professional seat. December 2001 to November 2004.
          Association Operations Committee, Member.
          Awards Committee, Member and Committee Chair

       Practicing/Professional Employment Initiatives.
           Approved by the Executive Board, May 17, 2003.
Motion, Proposal and Recommendations

Co-General Editor. NAPA Bulletin. 1996-2002
   Published by the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
        and the American Anthropological Association.
                Web master of 1998-2003

Treasurer. Society for Applied Anthropology. 1997-1999 (SfAA)

Director of Program Review. 2000-2004
    Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. FIU.

      Research Specialties:

Ecological Anthropology, Ethnohistorical Research Methods, Applied Anthropology.

Native American Studies: Health, Art and Religion, Peyotism

Medical Anthropology: Native American Health, Type II Diabetes

Organizational Culture: Directed Culture Change,
Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

      Teaching Specialties:

Research Methods
Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropological Theories
American Indian Ethnology
Native American Religions

Anthropology Through Film: Native American Issues and Perspectives
Organizational Culture Change (Graduate Seminar)

Applied Anthropology (Graduate Seminar)
Student Internships Cooperative Education in the Social Sciences
Ethnohistorical Research Methods (Graduate Seminar)

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 1979, Anthropology
M.A. University of Oklahoma 1975, Anthropology
B.A. University of Florida 1972, Anthropology
A.A . Miami Dade Community College 1969, Liberal Arts
Miami Carol City High School 1967, High School Diploma
Barrow Alaska 2001
         Selected Publications:   (If you cannot locate an item please email)                                                               


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In Process for 2013. Chronicities of Modernity and the Contained Body as an Explanation for the Global Pandemic of Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. IN Controversies in Obesity. David Haslam, Editor. Springer Publishing Co.

2012 Native American Embodiment of the Chronicities of Modernity: Reservation Food, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome among the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4):595-612.

2012 Upholding Indigenous Freedoms of Religion and Medicine: Peyotists at the 1906-1908 Oklahoma Constitutional Convention and First Legislature. American Indian Quarterly 36(2):215-246.

2011 Chronicities of Modernity Theory as an Explanation for the Global Pandemic of the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). Proceedings of the BIT First Annual World Congress on Endobolism: An event for endocrinology and metabolism professionals. January 25, 2011. Xiamen, China.

2010 Global Marketing of Indigenous Culture: Discovering Native America with Lee Tiger and the Florida Miccosukee. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34:(3)1-26.

2010 Globalizing the Chronicities of Modernity: Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. In Chronic Conditions, Fluid States, Globalization and the Anthropology of Illness. L. Manderson and C. Smith-Morris, eds. Pps. 18-53. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Smith, Janell, Brian Saylor, Penelope Easton, Dennis Wiedman and the
Elders from the Alaska Villages of Buckland and Deering
2009 Measurable Benefits of Traditional Food Customs in the Lives of Rural and Urban Alaska Inupiaq Elders. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 7(1):89-99.

Smith, Janell, Penelope Easton , Brian Saylor, Dennis Wiedman, and Jim LaBelle, Sr.
2009 Harvested Food Customs and their Influences on Valuable Functioning of Alaska Native Elders. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 7(1):101-121.

Smith, Janell, Paulette Johnson, Penelope Easton, Dennis Wiedman, Ema Widmark.
2008 Food Customs of Alaska Women of Childbearing Age: The Alaska WIC Healthy Moms Survey. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 47:485-517.

2006 Striving for Healthy Lifestyles: Contributions of Anthropologists to the Challenge of Diabetes in Indigenous Communities. In Indigenous Peoples and Diabetes: Community Empowerment and Wellness. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, pp. 511-534.

2005 American Indian Diets and Nutritional Research: Implications of the Strong Heart Dietary Study, Phase II for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. Invited Research Editorial. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 105(12):1874-1880.

Smith, Janell, Penelope Easton, Dennis Wiedman, Nancy Rody, Kari Hamrick, Elizabeth Nobmann, Emma Widmark, Diance Peck and Jennifer Cipra.
2004 Comparison of BMI and Body Fat Determinations in Rural Alaska Women: Results of the WIC Healthy Mom Survey, Summer 2001. Alaska Medicine 46(1):18-27.

2002 Anthropological Contributions to Diabetes Research and Interventions. On-line Bibliography. Presented at American Anthropological Association 2001.

Smith, Janell and Dennis Wiedman
2001 Fat Content of South Florida Indian Frybread: Health Implications for a Pervasive Native-American Food.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association.  101(5): 582-585.

2000 The Miami Circle: Teacher of Respect for Nature, People, History, and Place. St. Thomas Law Review 13(1):269-279.

2000     Best Practices Compared to Strategic Management and Total Quality Management: A New Paradigm or an Incremental Change in Management Culture.  High Plains Applied Anthropologist 20(2):146-152.

2000     Directing Organizational Culture Change Through Strategic Planning and Leadership. In Careers in Anthropology: Profiles of Practitioner Anthropologists. Edited by Paula Sabloff. NAPA Bulletin 20. Pps. 99-103. Washington: American Anthropological Association.

1999     Celebrating Diversity at FIU: A Role Model for the Future of U.S. Higher Education. Journal for the Art of Teaching. Special Issue: Diversity in Education. VI(1):37 - 46.

Himburg, Susan, Tom Syracuse, Mary Free and Dennis Wiedman, Compilers and Editors.
1999 Florida International University: 1998-2000 Self-Study for Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Miami: Florida International University. December 1, 1999. 493 pages plus appendices. Also on web:

1998 Effective Strategic Planning Roles For Anthropologists. Practicing Anthropology 20(1)36-39.

1996 Florida International University: Reaching For The Top. Second edition. Dennis Wiedman, editor and compiler. (University Strategic plan), 54 pages. Miami: Florida International University.

1994 Practitioner Profile: Dennis Wiedman. National Association For the Practice of Anthropology. Anthropology Newsletter 35(9)15-16.

1994 Florida International University on the Threshold of the 21st Century. Miami: Florida International University. 109 Pages. Dennis Wiedman, Editor and Compiler. (University Strategic Planning Document)

1992 Effects on Academic Culture of Shifts from Oral to Written Traditions: The Case of University Accreditation. Human Organization 5(4)398-407

1990 Big and Little Moon Peyotism as Health Care Delivery Systems. Medical Anthropology 12(4)371-387.

1990 University Accreditation: Academic Subcultural and Organizational Responses to Directed Change. In Crosscultural Management and Organizational Culture. Edited by Tomoko Hamada and Ann Jordan. Studies in Third World Societies: Williamsburg, Virginia. Volume 42, pages 227-246.

Sanford Kravitz, Dennis Wiedman and Scott Kass (eds.)
1990    Excellence and Diversity. Ten-Year Reaffirmation of Accreditation Self-Study. Florida International University: Miami, Florida. 423 pages.

1989 Adiposity or Longevity: Which Factor Accounts for the Increase of Type II Diabetes Mellitus When Populations Acculturate to an Industrial Technology? Medical Anthropology 11(3)237-252.

Dennis Wiedman and Candace Greene
1988    Early Kiowa Peyote Ritual and Symbolism: The 1891 Drawing Books of Silverhorn (Haungooah). American Indian Art Magazine 13(4)32-41.

1988 Ethnohistory: A Researcher's Guide. Studies in Third World Societies: Williamsburg, Virginia. Volume 35, 438 pages. Edited by Dennis Wiedman.

1988 The Anthropological Use of Historical Documents. In Ethnohistory: A Researchers Guide. Edited by Dennis Wiedman. Studies in Third World Societies: Williamsburg, Virginia. Pages vii-xx.

1987 Oklahoma Cherokee Technological Development and Diabetes Mellitus. In Encounters With Biomedicine: Case Studies in Medical Anthropology. Edited by Hans Baer. New York: Gordon and Breech Science Publishing Co. Pages 43-71.

1985 The Staff, Fan, Rattle and Drum: Artistic and Spiritual Expressions of Oklahoma Peyotists. American Indian Art Magazine 10:38-45.

Dennis Wiedman and J. Bryan Page
1984   Drug Use on the Street and on the Beach: Cubans and Anglos in Miami, Florida. Urban Anthropology 11(2)213-236.

1984 Directing Geriatric Health Care: Some Practical Issues. Practicing Anthropology 6(3)7-8.

Timothy Baugh, Julia Jordon, Dennis Wiedman et al.
1982    From Generation to Generation: The Plains Apache Way. Museum Exhibit that toured the central United States 1982-1985. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

1979 Diabetes Mellitus and Oklahoma Native Americans: A Case Study of Culture Change in Oklahoma Cherokee. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oklahoma. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International.

1976 The Individual and Innovation in the Process of Sociocultural Adaptation to Frontier Situations. Papers in Anthropology 17:107-116.

         Selected Presentations/ Initiatives 

Dennis Wiedman and NAPA Governing Council
2008 NAPA Position on AAA Return to 1971 Ethics.
NAPA eNewsletter July 15, 2008. Posted on NAPA web page at:

Dennis Wiedman
2003 Practicing/Professional Employment Initiatives. Proposed and approved by the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, May 17, 2003.
     Approved Board Motion with full proposal and recommendations

2003 Building Bridges to Support Professional Anthropologists: AAA, SfAA and NAPA Initiatives.
Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Portland, Oregon. March 21, 2003. Abstract

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