Wayne Babchuk

Dr. Wayne A. Babchuk

Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1997
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
Subfield: General Anthropology
Research Interests: research methods, indigenous land rights and resource use.

Office: 931 Oldfather Hall
Email: wbabchuk1@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-7942
Fax: (402) 472-9642

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Academic Interests

Research methods, indigenous land rights and resource use, human rights and diversity, human behavioral ecology, kinship and social structure, history of anthropological theory, human origins

Wayne A. Babchuk is an Assistant Professor (Courtesy Appointment)/Lecturer and Graduate Faculty Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He serves as an instructor for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community and as Faculty Sponsor for AnthroGroup, the Department of Anthropology’s student organization. Dr. Babchuk also holds teaching appointments at UNL in the Department of Sociology and in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods Program (QQPM). He serves as a Research Associate for the Kalahari Peoples Fund of southern Africa and as an instructor of sociology and anthropology at Southeast Community College for their Arts and Sciences Division. Dr. Babchuk is currently involved in several diverse research tracks including the history and use of qualitative research methods across disciplines, and issues pertaining to San land rights, resource use, health, and HIV/AIDs.

Dr. Babchuk previously held the position of Program Director for the Department of Academic Conferences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he developed a wide range of educational programs relating to human rights and diversity, international issues, K-12 Education, and community-based trainings, workshops, institutes, and symposia. Several of these efforts were recipients of local, regional, and national awards for exemplary programming.

Recent and Representative Publications

Babchuk, W.A. (in press). Grounded theory as a “family of methods”: A genealogical analysis to guide research. US-China Education Review, Vol. 8 No. 9.

Hitchcock, R.K., and Babchuk, W.A. (in press). Food, health, development and HIV/AIDs in a remote area of southern Africa. In Anthropological Approaches to Confronting HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. B. P. Brenton, J. Mazzeo, & A. Rodlach (eds.). Washington, DC: NAPA (National Association of Practicing Anthropologists) Bulletin and Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M., and Babchuk, W.A. (2011). What about our rights? Settlements, subsistence and livelihood security among Central Kalahari San and Bakgalagadi. International Journal of Human Rights 15(1): 62-88.

Hitchcock, R.K., and Babchuk, W.A. (2011). Genocide of Khoe Khoe and San peoples of Southern Africa. The Ethnocide and Genocide of Indigenous Peoples. S. Totten and R.K. Hitchcock, (eds.), Volume 8: Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.

Hitchcock, R., M. Sapignoli, W. Babchuk, J. Luedert, and L. Martindale. (2010) Botswana. In The Indigenous World 2010, Caecelie Mikkelsen, ed. Pp. 554-561. Copenhagen: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.

Hitchcock, R.K., & Babchuk, W.A. (2010). Local justice and legal rights among the San and Bakgalagadi of the Central Kalahari. In Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities in the Aftermath of Genocide and Mass Violence. A.L. Hinton (ed.). Rutgers: Rutgers University Press.

Hitchcock, R.K., Daggett, Adrianne M., & Babchuk, W.A. (2009). Botswana. In The Indigenous World 2009. K. Wessendorf (ed.). Pp. 565-573. Copenhagen, Denmark: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.

Hitchcock, R.K., Biesele, M., and Babchuk, W.A. (2009). Environmental anthropology in the Kalahari: Development, resettlement, and ecological change among the San of Southern Africa. Vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology 9(2): 170-188.

Hitchcock, R.K. & Babchuk, W.A. (2007). Kalahari San foraging, territoriality, and land use: Implications for the future. Before Farming: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers 3: 169-181.

Babchuk, W.A. (2004). Glaser or Strauss?: Grounded theory and adult education. In R.L. Gabriel (Ed.). Search for Shared Meanings (pp. 89-100). University of the Philippines, Lumos Publishing House, Los Baños, Philippines.

Babchuk, W.A., Hames, R., & Thompson, R. (1985). Sex differences in the recognition of facial expressions of emotion: The primary caretaker hypothesis. Ethology and Sociobiology, 6, 89-101. Recent Conference Presentations and Proceedings Articles

Book Reviews

Babchuk, W.A. (in preparation). Review of The Ju/’hoan San of Nyae Nyae and Namibian Independence: Development, Democracy, and Indigenous Voices in Southern Africa. M. Biesele and R.K. Hitchcock (eds.). (2011). New York: Berghhan Books. Anthropos (February, 2012).

Babchuk, W.A. (2008). Review of The Old Way: A Story of the First People. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (2006). New York: Sarah Crichton Books. Organization and Environment 21(4): 500-502.

Recent Conference Presentations and Proceedings Articles

Babchuk, W.A. (2011). From a nuclear to an extended family of methods: Exploring the potential of grounded theory for anthropological research. Seventh Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Champaign, Illinois.  May 18-21.

Babchuk, W.A., Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M. (2011). Fifty years of The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (1961-2011): A history of land use, contested resources, legal rights, and justice among indigenous peoples. Proceedings of the 121st Annual Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska. April 15.

Babchuk, W.A. (2011). Unpacking Methodology. Session Chair. Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) Conference. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa April 7-9.

Babchuk, W.A. (2011). Advancing qualitative methods for an alternative social science: An interdisciplinary analysis of grounded theory in ethnographic research. Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) Conference. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa April 7-9.

Babchuk, W.A. (2010). Teaching Anthropology Public Theory and Practice. Council for Anthropology and Education. Session Chair, 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 17-2.1

Babchuk, W.A., & Sarich, S.J. (2010). A critical assessment of grounded theory for anthropological research: A historical and interdisciplinary analysis. The 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 17-21.

Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M., and Babchuk, W.A. (2010). Local justice and legal Rights among Indigenous and Minority Peoples of the Central Kalahari, Botswana. Part of the symposium titled Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence, 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 17-21.

Babchuk, W.A.., & Badiee, M.  (2010).Realizing the potential of qualitative methodologies: A conceptual guide for research and practice. In J. Dirkx (ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Midwest Research Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education (pp. 25-31). Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. September 26-28, 2010.

Babchuk, W.A. (2010). Grounded theory as a “family of methods”: A genealogical analysis to guide research. In P. Gandy, S. Tieszen, C. Taylor-Hunt, D. Flowers, and V. Sheared (eds.), Proceedings of the 51st Annual Adult Education Research Conference (pp. 10-16). Sacramento State University. June 3-6.

Babchuk, W.A. (2009). GroundedTheory 101: Strategies for research and practice. In J. Trudy (ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Midwest Research Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education (pp. 7-12). Northeastern Illinois University. Chicago, Illinois. October 21-23.

Babchuk, W.A. (2009). Grounded Theory for Practice-Based Application: “Closing the embarrassing gap between theory and empirical research. In J. Trudy (ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Midwest Research Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education (pp 13-18). Northeastern Illinois University. Chicago, Illinois. October 21-23.

Babchuk, W.A. (2008).  Variations on a theme revisited: Operationalizing grounded theory for research and practice. In M.L. Rowland (ed.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education (pp. 7-13). Western Kentucky University. Bowling Green, Kentucky. October 2-4.

Hitchcock, R.K., & Babchuk, W.A. (2007). Kalahari San land use, foraging and territoriality: Implications for the future. Invited participant in a symposium in Honor of Richard B. Lee. Presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society and American Ethnological Society (CASCA-AES) Conference. Toronto, Canada, May 8-12.

Educational Background Ph.D.,

Community and Human Resources, University of Nebraska, 1997
Doctoral Studies, Anthropology, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)
Doctoral Studies, Anthropology, University of Oklahoma (Norman)
M.A., Adult and Continuing Education, University of Nebraska, 1992
M.A., Anthropology, University of Nebraska, 1982
B.S., Education, University of Nebraska, 1978

Courses Taught

Introduction to Anthropology 110
Introduction to Anthropology 110 (WH Thompson Scholars Learning Community)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 212/Ethnic Studies 212
Introduction to Physical Anthropology 242 and 242L (Lab)
Advanced Readings in Anthropology 396: Cultural Anthropology
Strategies of Social Research: Qualitative Methods 407/807 
Social Structure 412/812
Ecological Anthropology 473/873
Research Methods in Anthropology 482/882
Special Readings in Anthropology 896: Qualitative Research Designs
Qualitative Approaches to Research Methods in Education 900K
Research Other Than Thesis 996: Qualitative Methods in Anthropology