Barbara J. Dilly, MA, PhD
Barbara J. Dilly, MA, PhD

Barbara J. Dilly, MA, PhD

Professor Emeritus
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Cultural Anthropology, Sustainability Studies, Environment, Women and Gender Studies

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Professor Emeritus

Teaching Activity

  • Introduction to Anthropology - Energy, Culture, & Sustainability
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Social & Cultural Theory
  • Sustainability and Rural America

Publications and Presentations


  • Dilly, Barbara J. This Little Piggy Went to Market: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Effects of Changing Systems of Swine Production in Iowa, A Reader in Cultural Anthropology, 266-284, 2010
  • Dilly, B. J. Folkways, Encyclopedia of anthropology, 974-975, 2006
  • Dilly, B. J. Richard H. Robbins, Encyclopedia of anthropology, 2027, 2006
  • Dilly, B. J. Daniel G. Bates, Encyclopedia of anthropology, 332, 2006
  • Dilly, B. J. Native peoples of South America, Encyclopedia of anthropology, 1678-1680, 2006
  • Dilly, B. J. Volunteer labor: 'Adding value' to local culture, Labor in cross-cultural perspective, 307-318, 2006


  • Dilly, Barbara J. The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters [book review], Annals of Iowa, 73, 295-295, 2014
  • Dilly, Barbara J. Turn Here, Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, Annals of Iowa, 72, 78-79, 2013
  • Dilly, Barbara J. Creating Dairyland: How Caring for Cows Saved Our Soil, Created Our Landscape, Brought Prosperity to Our State, and Still Shapes Our Way of Life in Wisconsin, Annals of Iowa, 71, 194-195, 2012
  • Dilly, B., Rödlach, A. Introduction [Religion, Health, and Healing: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry], Journal of Religion & Society, 1-4, 2011
  • Dilly, Barbara J. The Parish Nurse: A Critical Component in Local Congregational Health Care Ministries, Journal of Religion & Society, 235-261, 2011
  • Dilly, Barbara J. Persephone and Susanna in the Garden: Patriarchal Seductions of Nature and Virtue., Journal of Religion & Society, 62-75, 2009
  • Dilly, Barbara J. Persephone and Susanna in the garden: patriarchal seductions of nature and virtue, Journal of Religion & Society, 62-75, 2009
  • Dilly, B. J. Toward a theory of engagement: Development Anthropology in a rural River Town in Iowa, USA, Omertaa: Journal for Applied Anthropology, 2009
  • Dilly, Barbara J. Horse and Buggy Mennonites: Hoofbeats of Humility in a Postmodern World, American Anthropologist, 109, 770-771, 2007
  • Dilly, B. J. [Review of W. Jack, The Furrow and Us: Essays on Soil and Sentiment.], Annals of Iowa, 65, 86-87, 2006
  • Dilly, B. J. Tax Policy and Swine Production in Iowa, United States, Journal of Ecological Anthropology, 10, 45-60, 2006

Editing and Reviews

  • Dilly, Barbara J. Old Farm: A History, Annals of Iowa, 69, 248-249, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Sustainability, Rural Health and Culture, Food Studies

Awards and Honors

  • , 2014
  • , 2011
  • Community Cultivar Award 2014, City Sprouts Community Garden Non-Profit Organization of Omaha, 2014
  • Praxis Award Nominee, Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists, 2013