Duke University Press to Publish a Book With an Edited Version of the Doctoral Dissertation of President Obama’s Mother

Duke University Press has announced that it will publish the Ph.D. dissertation of S. Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama. Dunham, who died in 1995, wrote her anthropology thesis at the University of Hawaii on her research among rural metalworking craftsmen in Indonesia. The dissertation, written in 1992, has been revised and edited for book form by Alice G. Dewey, Dunham’s graduate adviser, and Nancy I. Cooper, who was a graduate student colleague of Dunham’s. The book will be titled Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia.