Contemporary anthropology is the study of cultures across the boundaries of space and time. It is a multifaceted field that studies people and cultures in a broad range of contexts—business, urban, forensic, medical, cultural, linguistic, social, archeological—and encompasses a breadth of professional opportunities.
The anthropology degree program at Nazareth College bridges linguistics, physical anthropology, archeology, and its primary emphasis, cultural anthropology, through an interdisciplinary approach of core courses in religious studies, sociology, and research methodology. It provides students with the conceptual and methodological tools needed to study anthropology from multiple perspectives, such as religion and ritual, social justice, feminism, terrorism, and war.
Students in our anthropology major gain a broader perspective through service learning, a component of our Refugee Resettlement and Adaptation course, and study abroad opportunities such as trips to Kenya to study the people and cultures of Africa.
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Washington University, 1998; M.A. Anthropology, Washington University, 1992; B.A. Anthropology, University of Nairobi, 1989
Teaching and Research Areas: Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Physical Anthropology and Archaeology, Anthropological Approaches to Political Economy, Ethnobotany, Agrarian Transformations in Africa, Labor and Contracts, Ethnicity.
Emma received a prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to teach in Venezuela.