- Marc Boglioli
- Joslyn Cassady
- Allan Charles Dawson
- Maria Masucci
- Linda Van Blerkom
- H. Leedom Lefferts
- Philip M. Peek
- Jonathan Golden
Marc Boglioli (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Associate Professor of Anthropology. His research focuses on human-nature relations, gender, and modernity. His book, A Matter of Life and Death: Hunting in Contemporary Vermont (University of Massachusetts Press), explores a wide range of issues, including masculinity at homosocial Vermont deer-hunting camps, controversial coyote-hunting tournaments in central Vermont, and theorizations of the “West”. “In the broadest sense,” he observes, “my work in Vermont has been a long meditation – in all its cultural, historical, and ethical complexity – on what historian Bill Cronon refers to as ‘the unending task of struggling to live rightly in the world’”.
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Joslyn Cassady (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Associate Professor of anthropology and conducts medical anthropological fieldwork with Inuit communites in Alaska on issues of public health and environmental pollution. Professor Cassady has also held a fellowship position with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has conducted research with Old Order Amish communities.
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Allan Charles Dawson
Allan C. Dawson (Ph.D. McGill University) is Associate Professor of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora; ethnicity and globalization; identity and violence; religious innovation; chieftaincy; and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. Dawson also explores issues of Blackness and Afro-Brazilian identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world. Dawson has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Brazil, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.
Books and Monographs
Dawson, Allan C.
2014 In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeastern Brazil. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Dawson, Allan C, Laura Zanotti and Ismael Vaccaro (eds.)
2014 Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition. New York: Routledge.
Dawson, Allan Charles (ed.)
2009 Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
Dr. Masucci’s (Ph.D. Southern Methodist University; Professor of Anthropology) research focus is in ancient land use and subsistence adaptations which encompasses her current work on ancient ceramic technology and trade. Her research is firmly rooted in primary archaeological field research. Through a series of external grants she has been able to establish a permanent field station in lowland, coastal Ecuador. Maria’s laboratory research focuses on the reconstruction of ancient ceramic technology utilizing petrographic thin section analysis of sediments and fired ceramics. She also collaborates with outside researchers who provide complementary data on elemental characterization of the same materials. Drew students are able to participate both in Ecuador and at Drew in an ongoing research effort which provides basic training in all major aspects of archaeological research including survey and excavation and special materials recovery and analysis (macrobotanical, microbotanical, carbonized remains, lithics and ceramics, etc…). This program also offers students an opportunity for cross cultural training.
Linda Van Blerkom
Dr. Van Blerkom (Ph.D. University of Colorado- Boulder) is Professor of Anthropology and director of the Biological Anthropology major. She has been at Drew since 1989 and specializes in medical and biological Anthropology, as well as the evolution of human diseases.
H. Leedom Lefferts
Ph.D., University of Colorado. Social Organization; Material Culture (especially textiles and ceramics); Southeast Asian Cultural Anthropology
Philip M. Peek
Ph.D., Indiana University. Folklore; African religion; African art; Divination; Psychological anthropology; Visual and Verbal Arts of West Africa (especially Nigeria)
Jonathan Golden (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998) teaches at Drew University, where he is Associate Director of the Caspersen Centers, working closely with Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement, while serving as Assoc. Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict. Golden teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Theology School, specializing in the areas of Religion, Anthropology, and the Middle East – ancient and modern. He is the author of Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives and the forthcoming Dawn of the Metal Age. Golden offers courses and has written on such topics as religious conflict and terrorism, world archaeology, Jewish diaspora communities, ethnography of the Middle East and Latin America, and human evolution, with a special focus on the inter-face between science and religion. Golden is also Faculty Advisor to Drew Hillel and S.T.A.N.D. and is an active member of the Drew Disaster Relief Project; he also serves on the Religious Life Council and Diversity Committee. Golden lives in Florham Park, NJ, where he also enjoys playing soccer and performing/writing music.
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