Anthropology at PSU
PhD, Cornell University, 1980
On Sabbatical 2013-14
Dr. Carstens has continued to divide her time between Anthropology and serving as the Director for the Institute for Asian Studies (IAS), and Curriculum Coordinator for Asian Studies. Her edited and co-authored bilingual monograph, Language Through Culture, Culture Through Language: A Framework for K-8 Mandarin Curriculum, published by Beijing University Press, will appear late spring/early summer. She has been invited to give a keynote address to the First Biennial Conference on Malaysian Chinese Studies in Kuala Lumpur in June and will remain there for several more weeks of research on Malaysian Chinese language and culture issues. The Institute for Asian Studies has been very active this year in hosting guest speakers, connecting with multiple community groups and individuals, fundraising, and supporting the teaching and scholarship of PSU Asia related faculty and staff. In visits to Nanjing, China in September and December, Sharon also served as liaison between PSU and Nanjing Xiaozhuang University in discussions of the establishment of a joint program for Chinese students in the PSU School of Social Work.
Dr. Carsten's research interests include cultural anthropology, symbolic anthropology, identity, gender, ethnohistory, education; China, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and Asian Americans.
In Press, 2012. Language Through Culture, Culture Through Language:A Framework for K-8 Mandarin Curriculum (Bilingual: English and Chinese). (Chief Editor: Carstens; Authors: Carstens, Whyte, Cheng; Translators: Wang, Carstens).Peking University Press. 310 pp.
2010. "Conceptualizing and Teaching Chinese Culture in K-8 Mandarin Bilingual Programs" Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 43(3): 25-64.