Kathleen Aberle was born in rural west Yorkshire in 1925. She pursued post-secondary studies at Cambridge at Girton College, where she received her B.A. with first class honours in Anthropology and second class honours in English literature in 1945. A recipient of research studentships, she began to pursue field work in Kerala, India alongside fellow student Eric Miller, whom she married in 1947. Fieldwork strained their marriage and the two divorced in 1950, the same year Aberle was granted a doctorate. In the early 1950s, Aberle spent a year at Harvard University on a Wenner-Grenn fellowship where she became involved in the production of David Schneider and Audrey Richards’ monolithic monograph Matrilineal Kinship, published in 1961.
Heribert Adam, a German national, completed his post-secondary studies at the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, receiving his doctorate in 1965 and his Habilitation (a qualification of higher status than a doctorate available in some European nations) in 1972. He was an associate at the University of Frankfurt’s Institute for Social Research from 1961 to 1965 before he was appointed as an associate professor at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) in 1968. He earned tenure in 1972.
Donald Barnett earned his doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1963. His doctoral dissertation examined the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya in the 1950s, when the country was still a British colony. His thesis eventually evolved into his monograph, The Mau Mau from Within (1966), co-authored with Mau Mau participant Karari Njama and based on Njama’s experiences during the uprising. By the mid-sixties Barnett was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. He was a staunch anti-imperialist, Marxist and anti-war activist. In 1966, Barnett was fired from his position at Iowa after he refused to issue grades to his students in the fall semester; students with low grades were at greater risk of being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.
Ernest Becker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1924. After serving as an infantryman in the US Army during WWII, Becker took advantage of the G.I. Bill – which gave veterans the opportunity to pursue further education – and completed a B.A. in Anthropology in Syracuse, NY. He then worked as a member of the American diplomatic corps before returning to Syracuse to pursue graduate work in cultural, and more specifically, philosophical anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in 1960.
Tom Bottomore earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he launched his academic career, holding the position of Lecturer of Sociology from 1954 to 1964. The chancellor of Simon Fraser University, Gordon Shrum, recruited Bottomore as the first chair of the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) Department in 1964. Bottomore was internationally renowned amongst his colleagues as one of Britain’s best sociologists, and had edited an acclaimed translation of Karl Marx’s early writings, as well as the sociology textbook that was the standard introductory text at the University of British Columbia. Bottomore also published Marxist masterpieces such as Elites and Society (1964) and Classes in Modern Society (1965).
Mordecai Briemberg received his B.A. with Honours in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1959. He pursued postgraduate studies at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship from 1959 to 1961 where he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Sociology. He then went to study at the University of California at Berkeley, earning an M.A. in Sociology in 1964. He was a Ph.D. candidate when he was hired as an instructor in SFU’s Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) Department in 1965. He was promoted to the rank of assistant professor the following year.
After a year of study at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Louis Feldhammer transferred his undergraduate studies to the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his bachelor’s studies in Anthropology in 1961. He started postgraduate work at the University of Chicago, where he earned his M.A. in Anthropology in 1965. He taught for a year as an instructor of Anthropology at Wisconsin State University at River Falls before he was appointed as an instructor at Simon Fraser University in the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) Department in 1966.
John Leggett was born in Detroit, the son of an auto worker. After brief stints as a construction worker and in the Navy, Leggett enrolled at the Central Michigan College for two years before transferring to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Far Eastern Studies in 1952. He pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan, earning his M.A. in Political Science in 1956. By then Leggett was gravitating towards sociology, and he completed the move when writing his Ph.D. dissertation in 1960. In 1962, he was appointed an instructor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and in 1963 became assistant professor there.
Nathan Popkin received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and his M.A. from Yale University. He was appointed as a visiting assistant professor at Simon Fraser University in the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) Department in 1966, and was offered a permanent position the following year. His research examined comparative politics, Latin-American politics, especially in Panama, American and Latin-American relations, and American constitutional development.
Hari Sharma received his B.A. from Agra University (now Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University) in 1954. He then spent five years working as a clerk in the customs department for the Indian government before he returned to school, and received a Master of Social Work degree from Delhi University in 1960. He taught there as a lecturer in the Department of Social Work until 1963, when Sharma immigrated to the US for further postgraduate studies. He completed a Master of Social Work degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1964 before he went on to doctoral studies in rural sociology at Cornell; he received his Ph.D. in 1968.
Prudence Wheeldon received a B.A. with honours in Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1955. She then completed a postgraduate certificate in Education from the University of London via the University College of Rhodesia in 1958. She taught at the University College of Rhodesia for 6 years, but left Rhodesia after the Unilateral Declaration of Independence was issued in 1965. She was first appointed as an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) in 1967. Her area of research expertise was race relations, from urban organization of black Africans to mixed-race communities, in Rhodesia