Peter Van Arsdale
PhD, University of Colorado
Senior Lecturer, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2004-present); Senior Researcher, eCrossCulture Corporation (2008-present); Chair, Committee on Human Rights & Social Justice, Society for Applied Anthropology (2008-2010); Co-founder, Program in Humanitarian Assistance, Josef Korbel School of International Studies (2007-2008); Member, Committee for Human Rights, American Anthropological Association (2006-2009); Lecturer/Research Fellow, Josef Korbel School of International Studies (part-time, and Faculty Advisor, Center On Rights Development (2000-2004); Adjunct Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies (1980-2000); Assistant Professor and Acting Chair (1979-1980), Department of Anthropology, University of Denver (1975-1980). Non-Academic Posts: Director of Program Evaluation, Colorado Mental Health Institute, Ft. Logan, Colorado (1994-2003); Program Specialist for Refugee, Immigrant, and American Indian Issues, Colorado Division of Mental Health (1986-1994); Consultant (part-time) and Head, Socio-Economic Department, Planning Research Corporation/ Engineering Consultants Incorporated, Englewood, Colorado (1979-1983). Innovations: Co-development of Program in Humanitarian Assistance at Josef Korbel School of International Studies; refugee and immigrant program at Colorado Division of Mental Health; refugee mental health project at Center for Cultural Dynamics; WFMH national plan for collaborative refugee and immigrant resource centers; NAPA/SfAA national training guidelines for applied anthropologists; Co-founder of The Denver Hospice and the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center. Author of many articles and books, most recently Forced to Flee: Human Rights and Human Wrongs in Refugee Homelands (2006) and Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid outside the Green Zone (2010, with Derrin Smith).
Research and Expertise
Human rights, cross-cultural analysis of mental health programs, community development (esp. involving water resources), program evaluation, and qualitative research methods; refugees and immigrants are primary 'focus populations,' with humanitarianism a primary organizational thrust, including its relation to civilian-military collaborations. Fieldwork conducted in the United States, New Guinea/Papua, Indonesia, East Timor, Sudan, Ethiopia, Peru, Guyana, El Salvador, Bosnia, Romania, Israel, and Palestine
INTS 4493: Humanitarian Aid in Complex Emergencies