Wilma Dunaway, of Blacksburg, associate professor of government and international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, has won the Joseph Campbell Prize in Ethnography.

She will be presented with an honorary doctorate in "Ethnographic Methodologies in the Tradition of Joseph Campbell" and will deliver the annual Joseph Campbell Memorial Lecture at Sarah Lawrence College April 28 through April 30. In addition to delivering the lecture, Dunaway will speak with small student groups, and she will mentor graduate students interested in ethnographic research. The honor carries a prize of $5000.

The Joseph Campbell Prize is among the most significant honors for scholars of interdisciplinary ethnographic research. Joseph Campbell produced his world-renowned anthropological work on mythology while serving as a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, where he spent most of his time teaching and advising undergraduates. His work reached millions through the highly-acclaimed PBS series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers.

Dunaway received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. She is a widely recognized scholar of African-American slavery, Appalachian studies, and world-systems analysis. Her research focuses on eliminating historical silences about people who have been peripheralized by race, class, or gender. She teaches graduate courses on comparative social movements, development and global change, gender and development, and international political economy.

The School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers two undergraduate degrees, three masters degrees, and two Ph.D. degrees in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs, with students in Blacksburg and Alexandria, Va. The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools, School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Architecture + Design, and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.