Dennis Wiedman

Dennis Wiedman

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Past-President, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology


AA, Miami Dade Community College, Liberal Arts, 1969
BA, University of Florida, Anthropology, 1972
MA, University of Oklahoma, Anthropology, 1975
PhD, University of Oklahoma, Anthropology, 1979


Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 327 Tel: 305.348.2262 |

Research interests include medical anthropology, North American Indians, organizational culture, applied anthropology, environmental anthropology and ethnohistorical research methods. A research specialty is the increase of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome with the globalization of modernity. His fieldwork extends from the Miccosukee of South Florida, to the Delaware, Apache, and Cherokee of Oklahoma, to the Inupiat of northern Alaska. Publications include Ethnohistory: A Researcher's Guide, as well as articles in Human Organization, Medical Anthropology, and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Since joining the Department full-time in 2004, Dr. Wiedman has taught graduate courses in Applied Anthropology, and Organizational Culture. At the undergraduate level he has taught Anthropological Theories, Research Methods, American Indian Ethnology, Native American Religions, Anthropology through Film, Medical Anthropology and Sociology.

He has served as President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, Executive Board member of the American Anthropological Association, Co-General Editor of the NAPA Bulletin book series, and Treasurer of the Society for Applied Anthropology. For thirteen years he worked in FIU’s Provost Office leading strategic planning, academic policy development, university accreditation and program evaluation.

Selected Publications

  • 2014 Chronicities of Modernity and the Contained Body as an Explanation for the Global Pandemic of Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. In Controversies in Obesity. David Haslam., Arya M. Sharma; and Carel W. le Roux, Eds. Springer Publishing Company.
  • 2012 Native American Embodiment of the Chronicities of Modernity: Reservation Food, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome among the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4):595-612.
  • 2012 Upholding Indigenous Freedoms of Religion and Medicine: Peyotists at the 1906-1908 Oklahoma Constitutional Convention and First Legislature. American Indian Quarterly 36(2):215-246.
  • 2010 Global Marketing of Indigenous Culture: Discovering Native America with Lee Tiger and the Florida Miccosukee. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34(3):1-26.
  • 2010 Globalizing the Chronicities of Modernity: Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. In Chronic Conditions, Fluid States: Chronicity and the Anthropology of Illness. Pps. 38-53. L. Manderson and C. Smith-Morris, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Janell Smith, Paulette Johnson, Penelope S. Easton, Dennis Wiedman, and Ema Widmark.
  • 2008 Food Customs of Alaska Women of Childbearing Age: The Alaska WIC Healthy Moms Survey. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 47:485-517.
  • 2006 Striving for Healthy Lifestyles: Contributions of Anthropologists to the Challenge of Diabetes in Indigenous Communities. In Indigenous Peoples and Diabetes: Community Empowerment and Wellness. Mariana Ferreira and Gretchen Chesley Lang, Eds. Durham: Carolina Academic Press. Janell Smith and Dennis Wiedman.
  • 2001 Fat Content of South Florida Indian Frybread: Health Implications for a Pervasive Native-American Food. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 101(5): 582-585.
  • 2000 The Miami Circle: Teacher of Respect for Nature, People, History, and Place. St. Thomas Law Review 13(1):269-279.
  • 1990 Big and Little Moon Peyotism as Health Care Delivery Systems. Medical Anthropology 12(4):371-387.
  • 1989 Adiposity or Longevity: Which Factor Accounts for the Increase of Type II Diabetes Mellitus When Populations Acculturate to an Industrial Technology? Medical Anthropology 11(3):237-252.
  • 1988 Ethnohistory: A Researcher's Guide. Studies in Third World Societies: Williamsburg, Virginia. Volume 35, 438 pages. Edited by Dennis Wiedman.
  • 1987 Type II Diabetes Mellitus, Technological Development and the Oklahoma Cherokee. In Encounters With Biomedicine: Case Studies in Medical Anthropology. Edited by Hans Baer. New York: Gordon and Breech Science Publishing Co. Pages 43-71.

Curriculum Vitae