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Faculty Research

People often cannot believe how encompassing a field anthropology is, and how much it matters to very current issues. That is, until they read about some of the current research being done by our faculty members. Below we offer a few highlights, however all faculty members are conducting research; details available in each faculty member's profile.

Visual culture and the environment

Luis Vivanco's new area of research involves research on how the media, zoos, and other public institutions help shape popular understanding of environmental issues. Studying the cultural and political aspects of "saving nature" is not new to Vivanco, whose scholarship has focused on it for some time, mostly in Costa Rica and Mexico. Read more about his education, courses taught, and publications.

Health and nutrition, diversity, identity, colonization and migration in the ancient Tiwanaku society of the Andes

Deborah Blom's recent pursuits in mesoamerica have led to publications and conference papers on human sacrifice, mortuary ritual, population movement, health and diet, social complexity, trade, and human body modification as a means of expressing identity. Blom specializes in archaeology and biological anthropology. Learn more about Blom's research and find links to her C.V. and personal website.


Scott Matter has submitted a book chapter - "Debating belonging on contested land: cultural politics and territoriality in rural Kenya," in Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition. Allan Charles Dawson, Laura Zanotti, and Ismael Vaccaro, (eds), Routledge. (forthcoming, 2013-14)

Professor Matter also has a co-edited chapter coming out in another book - "Diversifying Maasai diversification: Macro-level factors and contrasting livelihood pathways in contemporary Kenya" under review for Rural Economies and Livelihoods in the Twenty-first Century: Local Perspectives on Processes of Change, Deborah Sick (ed), Routledge ISS Studies in Rural Livelihoods Series. London and New York: Routledge Press. Co-authored with Caroline Archambault and John Galaty. (forthcoming, January 2014)

Zana Valley, Peru

Parker VanValkenburgh received a grant from the National Geographic Society's Committee on Research and exploration to support his ongoing field research project, "The Archaeology of Forced Resettlement and Daily Life at Carrizales and Conjunto 131, Zana Valley, Peru." His volume Territoriality in Archaeology (co-edited with James F. Osborne) is due out this month in the series Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, and his article "Hybridity, Creolization and Mestizaje: A Comment" appeared in Volume 28.1 of Archaeological Review from Cambridge.

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