Catherine E. Bolten

Catherine E. Bolten
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2016-2017)
  • “Taking Youth Seriously: Moral Panics and Young Men in Sierra Leone”

Catherine Bolten is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is a development anthropologist and works in Sierra Leone, and her scholarship focuses primarily on globalization and the tensions and inequalities—intergenerational, rural/urban, and gendered—that emerge as people negotiate their daily lives in the constantly shifting context of modern life.

Professor Bolten is the author of I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone (2012), which she wrote upon winning the University of California Press’s inaugural proposal competition in Public Anthropology. Her articles appear in American Anthropologist, Anthropological Quarterly, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The Journal of Anthropological Research, The Journal of Modern African Studies, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, The Journal of Human Rights, and The Journal of Political Ecology. In 2017 she co-edited a special issue of Anthropological Quarterly addressing the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Professor Bolten’s research has been supported by major fellowships and grants from the United States Institute of Peace, Fulbright Institute of International Education, and David Boren National Security Education Program.