Marc Boglioli

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

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 Charles Dawson (Ph.D. McGill University) is Assistant 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. His recently published edited volume “Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society” explores the place of these loci of religious practice in marking out the cultural and ethnic landscape in Africa. His research is also concerned with 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.

Recent photographs from fieldwork in Bahia:

Maria Masucci

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.

Jill Rhodes

Jill Rhodes (PhD U Bradford; Assistant Professor) investigates aspects of human variation, adaptation and functional morphology; looking at how key cultural developments such as the development and use of weapons in subsistence and warfare-based contexts affects the morphology of the upper limb. From this type of study, she investigates cultural questions such as sexual division of labor, intensification of hunting or warfare related to or secondary to the development of agriculture, or the evolution of projectile technology. She is also interested in nutrition, health and disease in the past, and uses her work in West Mexico to investigate the affect of agricultural intensification and social stratification on past lifeways. Her research integrates analyses of the human skeletal remains with the funerary offerings for a complete picture of the socio-economic and political environment, as well as status, inequality and overall health.

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.


Emeritus Faculty

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)

Affiliated Faculty

Jonathan Golden

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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