Dr. Tim Roufs

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Professional title

Professor of Anthropology


Tim Roufs teaches Anthropology of Food, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Europe, Culture and Personality, Understanding Global Cultures, Ancient Middle America, and Senior Seminar. And for more than a quarter century he also taught Advanced Writing: Social Sciences.

Tim's specializations include cultural anthropology, anthropology of food, Middle America, culture and personality, sociocultural change—applied, and prehistoric cultures.

He received his Ph.D. from The University of Minnesota in 1971, his M.A. from The University of Minnesota in 1967, his A.B. from The University of Notre Dame in 1965, and his High School diploma from Holy Trinity High School, Winsted, MN, in 1961.

Tim has done fieldwork in Mexico, Hungary, and on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. A major project from Leech Lake has been the preparation of a biography of Paul Buffalo.

Tim has three times served as Director of UMD's Study in England Program at the University of Birmingham, and in 1989-1990 was a Fulbright Fellow at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

For a sampling of Roufs' written work, have a look at The Anishinabe of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, (Phoenix: Indian Tribal Series, 1975; Reprinted, Cass Lake, MN: Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 2013), or "Early Indian Life in the Lake Superior Region," Minnesota Archaeologist, Vol. 37, No. 4, (November 1978) pp. 157-197, [reprinted from Duluth: Sketches of the Past, Ryck Lydecker, Lawrence J. Sommer and Arthur Larsen (eds.), Special Volume of Duluth's Legacy Series, Duluth, MN, 1976, pp. 42-69]). Or have a look at some of his other works, including . . .

American Indian Oral History Collection, Vol. II - Traditional Foods. (Paul Buffalo, et al audiotape. Paul Buffalo discusses wild rice.) Dr. Joseph H. Cash, General Editor. New York: Clearwater, 1981.

And contributions to the discussion of Anishinabe traditional foods in "The Ojibway," Ann R. Kaplan, Ann R., Marjorie A. Hoover, and Williard B. Moore. The Minnesota Ethnic Food Book. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2003 [1986].

Honors and Awards

Tim has taught more students at UMD than any other instructor or professor in the history of the school.

Tim is the husband of [eye heart throb] Kim Smyth Roufs. Together Tim and Kim have published Sweet Treats around the World (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014).