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About the Author

Caitrin Lynch, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at Olin College of Engineering ( and a Visiting Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. At Olin she chairs and teaches in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences program. She is the secretary of the American Ethnological Society (of the American Anthropological Association) and past treasurer of the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. She is the author of two books: Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in An American Factory, and Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka's Global Garment Industry. She also edited, with Jason Danely, the collection of essays entitled Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life CourseLynch is also producer of the documentary film, "My Name is Julius,” about a 100-year-old man’s quest for community and meaning ( Dr. Lynch received her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in anthropology from Bates College. Dr. Lynch's research and teaching passions include examining the dynamics of work and cultural values (with a focus on aging and gender) as well as the cultural dimensions of offshore manufacturing, plus a commitment to understanding social behavior in global contexts and a devotion to encouraging students to use qualitative methods to think critically about the world around them. She especially strives to expose engineering students to critical analysis and identification of the needs and opportunities in our aging world. One outlet for these efforts is in her interdisciplinary service-learning course “Engineering For Humanity: Helping Elders Age in Place through Partnerships for Healthy Living.” She is currently working on a book project focusing on a 150-year-old New England textile factory, in which she examines questions of outsourcing, precarious labor, gender, and business competition.