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Daniel Bradburd Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Professor of Anthropology Daniel A. Bradburd was named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 123rd Commencement on May 7. He was honored for more than 31 years of exemplary service to the University.

Daniel BradburdOver the course of his career at Clarkson, Bradburd has traveled the world for his studies, while still earning a reputation as a “consistent and supportive mentor to junior faculty, a strong and inspirational teacher, and one of the most productive scholars in the department,” according to the letter nominating him for professor emeritus status.

As a professor of humanities and social sciences, he has worked to provide “a breadth of view for engineering and business students.” His early years at Clarkson involved teaching the anthropology of the Middle East, but over the course of time, the curriculum evolved to the anthropology of drugs and world trade, he notes.

Bradburd says he has seen the University transform itself over the years into one that draws students from a diverse area. There are more women students now, too.

“It's still not 50-50 for men and women students, but it's closer now, and we're more diverse ethnically, too. I've been happy to participate in that growth and to help students acclimate themselves,” he says.

Bradburd's travels provided him with plenty of examples of diversity and new ideas to explore. He has spent time in Iran, Sardinia, South Africa, and London -- all places he finds exciting and interesting. He says, “I'm interested in how people live. I would have paid to study these places, but I was paid to do it. Each culture was different but fascinating. It's enriching to see these differences and similarities.”

In addition to his research and teaching, he has served as chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, director of Arête, chair of the Faculty Senate and chair of the University Tenure Committee, and a member of the Presidential Search Committee.

He has taken it all in stride, saying, “I started this position when I had small children and now they are grown and I'm gray. Clarkson provided me the opportunity to help enrich students' lives and to work with interesting people. I was very fortunate in my choice of careers.”

Admitting that retirement looms as a bigger challenge than he expected, he also says he and his wife hope to travel and spend more time with family. “We are looking forward to the future and what opportunities it brings,” he notes.

Bradburd received his bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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