Kate Hennessy

Associate Professor


  • BA, Anthropology, University of British Columbia
  • MA, Anthropology of Media, University of London
  • PhD, Cultural Anthropology, University of British Columbia


Kate Hennessy is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from the University of British Columbia and an MA in the Anthropology of Media from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. As the director of the Making Culture Lab, her research explores the role of digital technology in the documentation and safeguarding of cultural heritage, and the mediation of culture, history, objects, and subjects in new forms. Her video and multimedia works investigate documentary methodologies to address Indigenous and settler histories of place and space. As assistant editor of the journal Visual Anthropology Review, she designed its first multimedia volume (2003). She serves on boards of directors for the Museum of Vancouver, the American Anthropological Association's Society for Visual Anthropology, and the Access to Media Education Society (AMES). She is a co-founder of the Ethnographic Terminalia curatorial collective, which explores the border-zones between ethnography and artistic practice. 

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Media
  • Indigenous Media
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Collaborative Methodologies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ethnography and Art Practice


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.