Use our interactive search tool to find out about the work anthropologists do around the globe.
Carole CounihanCarole Counihan is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Millersville University. She is a cultural anthropologist who has been studying food, gender, and culture in Italy and the USA for forty years. She is author of A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (2009), Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence (2004), and The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning, and Power (1999). She is co-editor of several books including Food and Culture: A Reader (1997, 2008, 2013) and Food Activism (2014). She is editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Food and Foodways.
Michael BurtonBorn Long Beach CA, where my father worked during the war as a petroleum chemist. Grew up in Pasadena area, where my family had been since 1890. Father was a chemist. Mother majored in History and taught elementary school. Graduated from a recently integrated High School (white, black, Japanese American, and others). Went to MIT to become a social scientist. That meant being an economics major (and math minor) because they had no other socials science options. At MIT I had the privilege to take courses from three economists who later won the Nobel in economics, to take most of the first-year graduate curriculum in economics, and to work for three years as a research assistant at the graduate level for a Japanese-born economist. From him I learned about a new alternative to positivist statistics (Bayesian) and a new challenge to rational choice theory (Herbert Simon's work). From MIT I followed my friend Bill Geoghegan to the Stanford Anthropology PhD program, where I intended to combine psychological and economic anthropology. My mentors there were Roy D'Andrade, Kim Romney, Frank Cancian, Bill Skinner, Joe Greenberg, and Chuck Frake. A family health problem kept me from the field until after I got my PhD, completed a Post-Doc at Harvard with the Whitings, and began as an Assistant at UCI, where I have been since 1969. My first field work, in Yucatan was made possible by UCI. My second field experience, in Ireland, was funded by Lilyan Brudner's grant. My third, in Kenya, was funded by a Carnegie Foundation to the Bureau of Educational Research at the University of Nairobi. There Lorraine Kirk and I did research with Gikuyu and Maasai people. Next came assistance to Mark Schoepfle and Phil Reno on an ethnographically-based social impact assessment of relocation for energy development. Finally, I have been engaged since 1997 first with field and survey research, and now with writing of a study of changing food practices in four Micronesian societies (Pala
Tevita Ka?iliTevita O Ka’ili is the author of the book "Marking Indigeneity: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations" (2017). He is originally from Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, with ancestral ties to Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and Rotuma. He is a descendant of Moana deified ancestors Tangaloa, Maui, and Hina. He is the dean of the Faculty of Culture, Language, and Performing Arts at Brigham Young University Hawai'i and teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology and Pacific Islands Studies. Tevita received his first degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University Hawai’i, second undergraduate degree in Psychology and first Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah, and his second Masters and PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2008. He is a leading proponent of the Indigenous Moana-based Ta-Va Philosophy of Reality. A theory formulated by the noted historical anthropologist Hufanga Professor ‘Okusitino Mahina. Tevita specializes in the cultural arrangement of ta-va (time-space), indigenous anthropology, transnationalism, Oceanian mythologies, Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies, and language revitalization. Tevita and his wife, Liz, live on the Ahupua’a of Kahuku, O’ahu with their 3 cats and dog. When outside of the classroom, Tevita loves to farm and swim and indulge his wife's penchant for Star Trek and Marvel movies.
Daniel GinsbergEducation researcher with training in linguistics and linguistic anthropology, currently serving as Professional Fellow at the American Anthropological Association. I have worked as a language test developer at the Center for Applied Linguistics, a public high school teacher in greater Boston and an English Language Fellow in Kragujevac, Serbia. I hold an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training and a PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University. My dissertation employed ethnography and video analysis to understand interaction in secondary and postsecondary mathematics classrooms. Other interests include practicing and applied anthropology, practitioner inquiry and inquiry-based pedagogy.
Pathmanesan SanmugeswaranMy name is Sanmugeswaran Pathmanesan and I am a Cultural Anthropology Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. I am also a Lecturer in the Department of Social Studies at the Open University of Sri Lanka. I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology (2002) from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka and a MA degree in Anthropology (2005) from the University of Madras, India. I joined the Open University of Sri Lanka in 2009.
My research interests include South Asian caste system, transnationalism, migration, internal displacement, identity, Tamil culture, Hindu temple culture, religion, temple (Hindu kovils) studies and temple politics Carnatic music and Bharathanatyam (Classical South Indian music and dance). During my stay at Jaffna in 2002, I conducted field work for my BA dissertation on “Kinship System and Its Changes in Jaffna Society: A Social Anthropological Study based on Inuvil Village”, adopting the ethnographic research tradition.
In India, I acquired research experience among the tribes of Badagas, Malayalis and Kotas of South India. For my Master’s research, I undertook an ethnographic field work in 2004-2005 among the Kotas of Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu which is on “Kinship and Social Organization among the Kotas of Sholur Kokkal of Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu of South India”.
I taught for Sociology undergraduate program from 2005-2007 in the Department of Sociology at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka after finishing my MA and was a visiting lecturer (2006) in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Peradeniya where I taught Ethnomusicology in undergraduate program and Art and Intercultural Relations in post-graduate program. Again, I have worked as a visiting lecturer (2013-2014) in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya where I taught Sri Lankan Theatre: Special Reference to Sri Lankan Traditional Tamil Theatre, Sri Lankan Tamil Theatre from Independence to present. Also, I served as student counselor (2006-
Mahshid ZandiI have my BA and MA in cultural anthropology and am currently a PhD student in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. I explore the relationship between memory, space, subjectivity, sacralization, and sovereignty in the Iran-Iraq war landscapes and the emerging “Holy Defense” museums in contemporary Iran.