About Regna


Dr. Regna Darnell is a Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and the Founding Director of First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where she also served on the core faculty of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. General Editor of the Franz Boas Papers project, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and holder of the Franz Boas Medal for distinguished service to the profession of the American Anthropological Association.  Professor Darnell has published widely about symbolic, linguistic and humanistic anthropology, Indigenous languages and cultures, ethnographic theory, ecosystem health and public health, and the history of anthropology. 


Ph.D. 1969  University of Pennsylvania, in Anthropology


Thesis:  The Development of American Anthropology 1879-1920:  From the Bureau of American Ethnology to Franz Boas


D.Litt. 2009  University of Waterloo, Honoris Causa


M.A. 1967  University of Pennsylvania, in Anthropology


Thesis:  Daniel Garrison Brinton:  An Intellectual Biography


B.A. 1965  Bryn Mawr College, in Anthropology and English, Cum Laude