Lillian Alice Hanjian Ackerman, PhD

Lillian Ackerman

Title: Anthropologist, Adjunct Professor
Company: Washington State University
Location: Pullman, Washington, United States

Lillian Alice Hanjian Ackerman, PhD, anthropologist and adjunct professor at Washington State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of anthropology and higher education.

Interested in the field of anthropology as a result of her cultural upbringing, Dr. Ackerman has served as an adjunct professor at Washington State University since 2001. She has also worked as a consultant in anthropology since 1982, specializing in the Plateau Culture area, specifically the Colville Reservation and Nez Perce Reservation. She focuses her studies on family organization, as well as gender studies which demonstrated that gender equality existed among the reservations and the rest of the Plateau.

Prior to obtaining her current roles, Dr. Ackerman was employed as a researcher in anthropology at Washington State University from 1982 to 2001, an instructor of anthropology at Wenatchee Valley College in 1979, and a Russian translator at the Arctic Institute of North America in Toronto, Canada, from 1960 to 1962. Additionally, she served as a research and consultant with the U.S. Census Bureau in the Department of Commerce in 1989 and 1990.

In preparation of her illustrious career, Dr. Ackerman studied at the University of Michigan, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1950 and a Master of Arts in anthropology in 1951. She subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology from Washington State University in 1982. She maintains affiliation with numerous industry-related organizations, including the American Anthropological Association, the American Ethnological Society, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the Alaska Anthropological Association.

A respected voice in the anthropologic community, Dr. Ackerman has contributed numerous articles to professional journals and authored several books, including “Necessary Balance: Gender and Power Among Indians of The Columbia Plateau” in 2003 and “A Song to The Creator: Traditional Arts of Native American Women of The Plateau” in 1996. In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, she has been honored with grants and fellowships from esteemed institutions. She was a grantee of the American Philosophical Society in 1988 and 1979, grantee of Sigma Xi in 1978, and she was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1979 and a fellowship of the American Association of University Women in 1979.

Married to Robert Ackerman since 1952, Dr. Ackerman has three children: Laura Lynn, Gail Ellen, and James Eric. She is listed in the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Science of Engineering, the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the West, and the 18th and 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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