Scott Vandehey

Visiting Professor of Anthropology

History and Interests

Scott Vandehey earned his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. His research focuses on suburban citizenship and politics in the United States and he has conducted extensive fieldwork in suburban communities surrounding San Diego, CA and Portland, OR. He has recently tuned his attention to suburban sustainability issues and is currently investigating how sustainability, citizenship and politics come together at the local level. He teaches at Willamette University and Linfield College and resides outside of Portland, Oregon.


ANTH 150 – Controversies and Issues: Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 258 – Understanding Suburbia

ANTH 358 – Special Topic: Urban Anthropology

ANTH 358 – Special Topic: Political Anthropology


Forthcoming. "Local Power: Harnessing NIMBYism for Sustainable Suburban Energy Production." in Cultures of Energy. Tom Love, Stephanie Rupp, and Sarah Strauss eds. Walnut Creek, CA : Left Coast Press.

Submitted, Under Review. "Suburban Citizenship in a Southern Californian Community" Expected in Boom: A Journal of California.

Conference Papers and Lectures

2012, November. "Suburban Citizens In Southern California: Claims and Duties." American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA.

2011, August. "Suburban Sustainability." Linfield College. Invited Lecture.

2009, May. “Suburban Citizenship in a Southern Californian Community.” Negotiating Legal Boundaries Conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.

2006, March. “Suburban Citizenship and Community Involvement." Rancho Peñasquitos Kiwanis Club, San Diego, CA. Invited Lecture.

2006, January. “Suburban Community.” University of California, San Diego. Invited Lecture.

Awards and Honors

2010 Alpha Phi Omega, Teaching Assistant of the Week. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

2009 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. Making of the Modern World Writing Program, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

2006 Graduate Research Stipend. Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

2001 Tuition Scholarship. Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2000 Gebauer Prize in Anthropology. Sociology and Anthropology Department, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR.

Degrees Held

2009 PhD University of California, San Diego, Anthropology

2002 MA University of Chicago

2000 BS Linfield College, Anthropology

2000 BS Linfield College, Computer Science