Kathryn Stam, Ph.D.

Kathryn Stam, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13413
315-792-7241 (phone)
Office: Donovan Hall 1211 (office hours will be online until further notice. Please email for an appointment).
Personal website: kathrynruthstam.wordpress.com



  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University 2001-03.
  • Ph.D. Social Science (Anthropology and Sociology), The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Aug. 1999.
  • M.S. Forest Resource Management. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. May 1993.
  • B.A. University of Vermont. Major: Environmental Studies.  May 1988.

Area of Research

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Information design and technology
  • Information security and information professions
  • Anthropology of work
  • Communication
  • Refugee studies
  • Thai studies

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Honors and Awards

  • NY Heritage Digital Collections grant for archiving refugee photographs and multimedia, 2018 & 2019.
  • Woman of the Year, 2018. New York Women, Inc. Mohawk Valley Chapter. Racial Justice Category.
  • SUNY CUAD. Award for Outstanding Communications Materials & Community Relations Award, 2017.
  • Women Who Inspire, SUNY Poly, 2017.
  • Open SUNY Fellow (Experienced online practitioner) and Online Ambassador, 2016.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2015.
  • Grand Prize, Communications materials for Refugees Starting Over project. Welcoming America. June 2015.
  • Scholarship, Empowering for International Thai and ASEAN Studies (ENITAS), Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, “The Content and Meaning of Thai Memorial Books in Contemporary Thai Life,” June 5-6, 2014.
  • Faculty Associate. Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University. Aug. 2014-present.
  • Presented TEDx talk at TEDx Utica event on Nov. 7, 2014. Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY: http://tedxutica.com/kathryn-stam-refugees-starting-over-in-utica-ny/
  • YWCA Salute to Outstanding Woman of the Mohawk Valley, 2014. Racial Justice.
  • Best in Category. Communications Materials for Refugees Starting Over project. SUNY Center for University Advancement (SUNY CUAD). 2013.
  • Participated in National Science Foundation Workshop, “Robust Social-Technical Architectures for Displaced People.” Cape Town, S. Africa, Dec. 4-6, 2013.
  • Fulbright Award for “Enhancing Access to Northeast Thai Culture and History Through Cremation Volumes”. Mahasarakham University, Thailand. Nov 2010- Feb 2011.
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010.


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