Laura Klein joined the faculty at PLU in 1979. She earned a PhD in anthropology from New York University with a dissertation topic on women and local level politics in a Tlingit community. She has continued to write about gender and Tlingit issues and has increasingly focused on ethnohistory and medicine. She is currently working with a Jamestown S’Klallam elder videotaping stories and important cultural events. She currently chairs the department at PLU. She is the author of Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues (Prentice-Hall) with Ann Kelleher, Native American Women and Power (Oklahoma) with Lillian A Ackerman, and Women and Men in World Cultures (McGraw-Hill).