Anthropology and Sociology

Program Information

The related disciplines of anthropology and sociology seek to understand the nature of communities, organizations, institutions, the systems of cultural meanings that form and inform them, and the interplay between individuals’ lives and the societies in which they live. Such understanding requires critical analysis of the interactions among societies and the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of power embodied in structures of class, gender, ethnicity, and race operating on both a local and global level.

Our goal is to provide courses that integrate the two disciplines into a common curriculum from which students derive the multiple perspectives, patterns of evidence, and methodological skills that will engender a broad yet nuanced understanding of the local and global dimensions of contemporary issues. This awareness, gained through reading, discussion, and active engagement both in the local and national community, as well as through participation in international programs and projects— is consistent with and thus directly serves the overall mission of the college: “to better understand, live successfully within, and provided enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.”

Students graduating with a major in Anthropology and Sociology will find this major relevant for careers not only in anthropology and sociology, but also for such related fields as human services, journalism, law, medicine, public health, urban affairs, international development, government, business, and education.


Espelencia Baptiste (Chair), Associate Professor of Anthropology. BA Colgate University PhD Johns Hopkins University

Nupur Joshi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology. PhD University of Arizona, USA MA Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India BA University of Pune, India

Robert Mowry, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology. BA Earlham College MA University of Sheffield MA, PhD University of Notre Dame

Houman Oliaei, Post Doctoral Fellow Anthropology. BA Univ. Tehran MA Univ. Tehran MA Brandeis PHD Brandeis

Ian Vandermeulen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology.

Francisco J. Villegas, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Associate Professor of Anthropolgy/Sociology. BA University of California-Irvine MA San Jose State University PhD University of Toronto


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