The Arctic and Northern regions with a specialty in Iceland; Northern coastal communities; fisheries politics and practices; human societies and climate change in Northern areas; gender and sexuality; constructions of inequality; international development; ethno-history
Other sites of interest: Brazil; Melanesia (Papua New Guinea); Overseas Chinese (Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Northwest)
Margaret Willson’s most recent book, Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge (2016, University of Washington Press: Seattle) was a finalist for the 2017 Washington State Nonfiction Book of the Year. Her other books include: Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in Brazil and Beyond (2010, University Washington Press: Seattle), which was a Silver Medal Winner for Multicultural Nonfiction in the Independent Book Awards; Taboo: Identity, Sexuality and Erotic Subjectivity in Anthropological Fieldwork, edited with D. Kulick (1995, Routledge: London); and The Ethnographic Film Catalogue, Vol. II (1990, Royal Anthropological Institute: London). She has published numerous articles and book chapters and recently returned from Iceland on a Snorri Sturlusson Icelandic Fellowship (2019) where she was conducting research for her current book on an historical Icelandic female sea captain who was a solitary #MeToo movement 200 years ahead of her time.
Margaret Willson has taught at various universities, worked in ethnographic film, and was International Director of an NGO for 16 years working for gender, racial and international equality.