Thomas N. Headland
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Personal Data

U.S. Citizen, born Los Angeles, California
Work address: 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236
Phone 972/708-7482 or -7400

http://www.sil.org/~headlandt/
Wife: Janet Headland; Children: Rachel, Stephen, Jenny

Education 1986 Ph.D. in anthropology, University of Hawaii
1981 M.A. in anthropology, University of Hawaii
1960 B.A. in anthropology, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Employment 2011-present: Senior Consultant in Anthropology, SIL International
2010-2011 Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
2001-2010 Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of North Dakota
2004-2007 International Academic Editing Consultant, SIL International
1994-1995 Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington
1989-1994 Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington
1986-1989 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington
1960- Member, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Wycliffe Bible Translators
1984-2011 Int'l Anthropology Consultant, SIL
1974-1976 Language Survey Coordinator, SIL Philippines
1971-1979 Chair, Ethnology Dept. SIL Philippines
1970-1979 Translation consultant, SIL Philippines
1962-1977 Field linguist, Bible translator, SIL Philippines
1954-1956 U.S. Army; in Japan with the U.S. Paratroopers (508 Airborne Regimental Combat Team)

Expertise

Ecological anthropology, hunter-gatherer societies, Philippine Negritos, tropical forest human ecology, culture change, ethnoscience, descriptive linguistics, translation theory. Geographical area of interest is Insular Southeast Asia.

Grants received

  • L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (principal investigator of research titled "The Population Decline of a Philippine Negrito Hunter-Gatherer Society"), 1994.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts (principal investigator of research titled "The Ethnography and Population of a Philippine Negrito Society"), 1991-92.
  • National Science Foundation, travel grant to Paris, France (UNESCO conference on tropical forests and development), 1991.
  • National Science Foundation, travel grant to Fairbanks, Alaska (Sixth Int'l Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies), 1990.
  • General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association (principal organizer of conference on the Tasaday controversy), 1989.
  • National Geographic Society (principal organizer of conference on the Tasaday controversy), 1989.
  • Southern Illinois University, Office of Research, travel grant to attend Visiting Scholar's Conference, 1988.
  • National Science Foundation (research asst. to collect color terms in Philippine languages, NSF Grant No. BNS76-14153, Brent Berlin, Paul Kay, and Wm. Merrifield, principal investigators), 1978.

Field Experience

1962-1986, 1991-1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010: Lived in the Philippines for 20 of these 33 years, working under the auspices of the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

1962-1986, 1991-1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010: A total of 15 years of fieldwork during this 48-year period among the Agta Negrito hunter-gatherers of the Philippines.

1957, 1961, 1968 (summers): Fieldwork among the Mixtec and Tzeltal Indians in southern Mexico, under the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Anthropological Association (since 1979; fellow since 1993)
  • Anthropology and Environment Section
  • American Association of University Professors (1995-2004)
  • Linguistic Society of the Philippines (since 1970)
  • Philippine Studies Association of Australasia (since 1994)
  • SIL International (since 1960)
  • Society for Anthropological Sciences (since 2002)
  • Terralingua (since 1997)

Peer Reviewer of Manuscripts, Research Proposals, and Faculty Appointments

  • Journals: American Anthropologist, Anthropologica, Current Anthropology, Human Ecology, Human Organization, J of Anthropological Research, National Geographic Magazine, Research & Exploration, J of Burma Studies, Culture, and Agriculture, Christian Scholars Review, J Royal Anthropological Institute, History and Anthropology; Human Nature; Philippine Social Sciences Review; Society and Natural Resources; Anthropological Quarterly; Human Biology.
  • Foundations: American Philosophical Society, LSB Leakey Foundation, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fulbright Scholarship Board, The International Museum of Cultures, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, National Endowment for the Humanities, Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Program (U of London).
  • Universities: U of California at Berkeley, UCLA, Washington State U, U of Michigan, Wheaton College, U of Hawaii, Wilfrid Laurier U, Rutgers U, Trinity International U, Cambridge University Press, Asbury College (Kentucky), University of Nebraska, Calvin College (Grand Rapids MI), Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Other Appointments and Professional Activities

2011 Appointed Senior Consultant in Anthropology, SIL International.

2009 Conducted Invited Workshop at annual meeting of the Society for Anthropological Sciences, Las Vegas, on using the Agta Demographic Database; copresenter Ray Uehara, February 18-21.

2008 Keynote plenary speaker at the Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, August 1–4.

2007 Served as invited chair for the Anthropology and Environment poster session #1-043 on “Injustice,” held at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, November 29.

2005 Elected to adjunct membership on the Graduate Faculty, Univ. of North Dakota.

2004 Served as invited chair of a symposium titled "Rescheduled Presentations" with twelve speakers, held at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, Georgia, December 18. [Served at the request of the AAA Program Chair].

2003 Gave the Distinguished Lecture for the BRIT Distinguished Lecturer Series on "Biodiversity Hotspots of the World"; organized by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and hosted by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (on March 6), and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Austin, on March 7).

2001 Invited speaker at Beloit College (Wisconsin), March 21-23. Spoke five times. Main lecture (campus-wide) titled "Faith and Science: Should We Check Our Brains at the Door?" Sponsored by the Beloit College Anthropology Department and the Beloit Campus Christian Fellowship.

2000 Served as organizer and chair at anthropology forum titled "What Place For Hunter-Gatherers in Millennium Three?" Held at Southern Methodist University, September 25. Forum proceedings published in Headland 2002.

2000 Served as main consultant of museum exhibit titled "The Philippine Agta: Their Rainforest is Gone: What Now?" at the International Museum of Cultures (Dallas, Texas) from March 18 to January 18, 2001. (See http://www.internationalmuseumofcultures.org/exhibits/exhib-2000.htm.) Reviewed in American Anthropologist 103:515-518 (2001).

1999 Interviewed as guest on NPR radio program "Talk of the City" (FM 89.3 KPCC, Pasadena City College, California) on the topic of "Endangered Languages"; 60 minutes. December 9. (Reported in Anthropology News 41(6):35, September 2000.)

1998 Served as invited chair of the session entitled "Migration and Culture Change," held at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2. [served at the request of the AAA Program Chair].

1998 Plenary speaker at a colloquium at the Embassy of the Philippines, hosted by the Philippine Ambassador, December 8. Spoke on indigenous human rights in the Philippines. (Reported in Anthropology Newsletter, May 1999, p. 27; http://www.sil.org/silewp/1999/004/SILEWP1999-004.html.)

1998 Plenary speaker at the environmental science conference, "Co-Managing the Environment"; at Isabela State University, Philippines, September 21-24 (sponsored by Leiden University).

1998 Served as invited co-chair of symposium entitled "Relations Between Hunter-Gatherers and Agriculturalists," held at the 8th Int'l Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Osaka, Japan, October 26-30.

1998 Interviewer, in the videofilm The Scholar's Heart: A Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Pike. [An interview of Kenneth Pike.] Produced by SIL International.

1997 Plenary speaker at Houghton College (NY) week of October 27-31, conference titled "New Vision Week." (Presented 5 all-campus lectures plus 9 talks in classes.)

1997 Interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) for 7 minutes on May 17 (program "It Sounds Like Science").

1995 (May-June) Taught a course in cultural anthropology in Singapore at the RELC (Regional English Language Center).

1995 Interviewed on "Steel On Steel" on February 15 (radio station KRKS Denver) for 50 minutes on the topic of missionaries and human rights.

1988-1995 Lectured each year at the "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" courses in Dallas (sponsored by U.S. Center for World Mission).

1994 Served as invited speaker at the AAA President's Panel titled "Open Forum on Human Rights," held at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 30-December 4. (Speech reviewed in Anthropology Newsletter, January, 1995, p.3).

1994 Served as invited organizer and chair of a Presidential Session entitled "Missionaries and Human Rights," held at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 30-December 4 [served at the request of the AAA President and the Chair of the AAA Commission for Human Rights]. Reported on wire services of NNI (News Network Int'l) and the Associated Press; reported in 1995 in Christianity Today January 9; Los Angeles Times February 4 and October 29; Anthropology Today February, and in over 100 national newspapers.

1994 Appointed a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology (executive editors David Levinson and Melvin Ember), a project of the HRAF at Yale University, published in 4 volumes in 1996.

1994 Promoted from Associate Member to full Member of the Graduate Faculty, Univ. of Texas at Arlington.

1993 Elected a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association (April)

1993 Served as invited chair of the session entitled "Global Perspectives on Regional Ecological Issues," held at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, November 17-21 [served at the request of the AAA Program Chair].

1993 Interviewed on CBN News on a special news story titled "Those Awful Missionaries?" broadcast on 300 independent television stations nationwide, on October 11.

1993 Interviewed on NOVA program titled "The Lost Tribe," broadcast on public television (PBS) in the U.S. and Canada by WGBH on March 30, Show #2009. [Reviewed in The Journal of Asian Studies (1994) 53:1028-1030.]

1991 Interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) for 30 minutes on May 28 (radio station WBEX in Chicago) on the anthropology of the Tasaday hoax controversy.

1991 Served as invited guest editor with Robert Bailey for a special issue of the journal Human Ecology, vol. 19, no. 2, consisting of seven articles critiquing Headland and Bailey's theory called "The Wild Yam Question." [Reviewed in Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology (1996), Vol. 4, pp. 1363-66.]

1990 Served as co-organizer and co-chair of an Invited Session entitled "Tropical Forest Ecology: The Changing Human Niche and Deforestation," held at the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 28 - December 2. (symposium results were reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 1990, pp. A5, A8.)

1989 Served as advisor for the production of multi-projector anthropology film entitled We Must Not Forget, produced by the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

1989 Served as organizer and chair of an Invited Session entitled "The Tasaday Controversy: An Assessment of the Evidence," held at the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 15-19. (Symposium results were reported in the following: Science News, November 25, p. 343, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 29, pp. A5, A10, Science, December 1, p. 1113, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, December 1, the Los Angeles Times, January 8, p. B8, Anthropology Today, February, pp. 16-18, U.S. News & World Report, February 19, pp. 54-56, and in three newspapers published in Manila, Philippines.)

1989 Appointed Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty, Univ. of Texas at Arlington.

1988 Served as organizer and chair of an Invited Session entitled "Emics and Etics: Two Views of Its History and Application: A Dialogue Between Kenneth Pike and Marvin Harris," held at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Phoenix, Arizona, November 16-20.

1988 Served as advisor for the production of multi-projector anthropology film entitled Tell Them We Are Not Auca: We Are Waorani, produced by the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

1988 Served as co-chair of Symposium 19.7, on "The Question of the Tasaday Hoax," held at the 12th Int'l Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, July 24-31.

1988 Served as organizer and chair of Symposium 9.2, entitled "Deculturation and Survival Among SE Asian Negritos: What Can Be Done?" held at the 12th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, July 24-31.

1986 (summer) Instructor, Philippine Normal University, Manila, Philippines, teaching one graduate summer course in applied anthropology.

1983, 1984 (summers) Instructor, Baguio Normal School, Baguio City, Philippines, teaching two graduate courses each summer in applied anthropology to Filipino educators.

1982 Chosen Alumnus of the Year by Bethel College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in Anthropology, Oct. 9.

1981 Editorial Advisor for the publication Language Atlas of the Pacific Area, edited by Stephen Wurm and Shiro Hattori, published in Canberra in 1983 by the Australian Academy of the Humanities in collaboration with the Japan Academy, Australian National University.

1977-78 Coordinated research project to collect color terms in Philippine languages; sponsored by National Science Foundation (Brent Berlin, Paul Kay, and William Merrifield, principal investigators).

1974, '75, '76, and '79 Conducted a series of four 2-week anthropology workshops for missionaries in the Philippines.

1973-74 Teaching assistant for anthropology professor Charles Kraft, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena California.

1972 Served as consultant for the National Museum of the Philippines, during the compilation of their map The Filipino People (published 1974).

Awards, Honorable Mentions

2010
Featured in the Philippine Star ‘Science and Technology’ article titled “An Anthropologist’s Reaction to ‘Unexplored Philippines’,” April 29, p.B6.

2009
Agta database publication featured in Anthropology News 50(5):53, May.

2007
Research results reported in Science (November 30, p. 1357); featured in front-page of The Manila Times, article titled "Negrito (Agta) Languages' Descent into Extinction," on Headlands' work among Agta people (Sept. 2, pp. A1-A2); featured in full-page article and interview of Headland, titled "Lost Languages" in Grand Forks Herald [ND] (July 8, pp. 1D, 6D).

2006
Quoted in Christianity Today (January, pp. 58–59), Philippine Daily Inquirer [Manila] (Mar 31 p.A15).

2005
Quoted in Science (July 8, p.227), ChristianityToday.com (October 27).

2003
Quoted in Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (March 6), Dallas Observer (March 27, p.2B).

2001
Quoted in Science (January 19, p.420), Scientific American (March, p.28), Daily Telegraph Magazine [London] (March 3, pp.51-52), Valor EU& [weekend edition insert of Folha de São Paulo, leading newspaper of Brazil], (Oct 6-8, p.15); research reported in Grand Forks Herald [ND] (June 19, p. 10).

2000
Quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec 1), The Times Higher Education Supplement (Oct 27), USA Today (Oct 2), Reuters new service (Sept 28), ABC News.com (Sept 29), CNN.com (Sept 28), The Dallas Morning News (May 7, July 13), Philippine Daily Inquirer [Manila] (Dec 18, p.H4), and in numerous other newspapers. Research project (Museum exhibit) reported in The Dallas Morning News (May 7); also in Anthropology News 41(7):32, October.

1998
Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 4th ed.
1997 Quoted in Los Angeles Times (Aug. 9, p. B4), the Baltimore Sun (July 20, p. 22A), news section of Anthropology Today 13(2), p. 24.

1995
Quoted three times in Los Angeles Times on February 4, October 29, and Nov. 19; p. E2, Atlantic Monthly (June, p. 38). Quoted in and research results reported in over 100 national newspapers in February; also reported in Christianity Today 39(1) January 9; Anthropology Today 11(1) February; the news section of Anthropology Newsletter (January, p.3 and April, p.70).

1993
Quoted in The Dallas Morning News (December 18, p. 32A); elected a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association (April).

1992
Research results reviewed in Anthropology Newsletter, November, p. 2), Discover: The World of Science magazine (May, pp. 73, 77), on front page of the Arlington News [Texas newspaper] (September 10, pp. 1A, 5A); research results quoted in Bioscience magazine (April, p. 249).

1991
Research results quoted on the front page of the Manila Times (August 14 issue, pp. 1, 3), Atlanta Journal & Constitution (March 17, pp. A1, A12), Manila Standard [Manila daily newspaper] (September, n.d., no page no.).

1990
Research results quoted in Anthropology Today, February, p. 18, the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 8 issue, p. B8), U.S. News & World Report (February 19 issue, p. 55).

1989
Research results reviewed in the cover story of Science News (April 29 issue) on "Reassessing Hunter-Gatherers," and again in the cover story of Science News (May 6 issue) on "The Strange Case of the Tasaday." Research results quoted in Science (December 1 issue, p. 1113), and in The Globe & Mail (Canada) (July 3).

1985
Research results quoted in Newsweek (January 28 issue, p. 67) on "The New Activist Anthropologists."

1982
Chosen Alumnus of the Year by Bethel College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in Anthropology, Oct. 9. Passed with honors, Ph.D. comprehensive exams (University of Hawaii).