2011 Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award
Michael Angrosino was born in Brooklyn, New York and educated in the public schools of that city. He earned his B.A. degree in anthropology from Brooklyn College (City University of New York) in 1968 and went on to earn his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972. His dissertation research concerned the social epidemiology of alcoholism in the community of Indian migrants in Trinidad, West Indies. Angrosino joined the faculty at the University of South Florida in 1972 and participated in the development of both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in applied anthropology. He continued to conduct field research in the West Indies (Surinam, Saba, Aruba, as well as Trinidad) and, in U.S.-based applied research, came to specialize in issues of policy formation and community-based service provision for people with chronic mental illness and mental retardation, working closely with members of the Department of Special Education at the U.S.F. College of Education. In addition to serving a term as chair of the Department of Anthropology at U.S.F., Angrosino served on the boards of numerous community service organizations. He was the founding director of the University's Honors College. He held both elective and appointive offices in the American Anthropological Association and the Southern Anthropological Society, as well as the Society for Applied Anthropology and was program organizer for all of those groups on several occasions. Angrosino served two terms as Editor of Human Organization. In the course of his career, he served as major professor to several dozen students at the master's level and twenty others at the doctoral level. He later earned a master's degree in theology and did postdoctoral work in public policy studies and oral history.
Angrosino is the author of a dozen books, several dozen articles, and numerous applied project reports. Throughout his professional life, he remained a strong advocate of the rights of people with mental challenges; within the profession itself, he was a spokesperson for applied social science and for qualitative approaches to research. Angrosino retired in 2007 and now lives in New Jersey, remaining active in applied research; he is currently working on a set of projects dealing with the evaluation of ethics committees in several community hospitals.