Sociocultural Anthropology


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Two people holding hands

This multi-year, multi-faceted research project is examining various legal, economic, political, social and familial dimensions of today’s Mexican immigrants who have lived a majority of their lives in the United States.

Alissa Ruth in a classroom

This project seeks to understand what various interventions and mechanisms can promote pathways for successful higher education and skill development, specifically for historically underrepresented students.

Mesa Verde National Park

This overview and assessment study will identify and document ethnographic resources within and associated with Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument.

Choosing the Good exhibit poster

This project applies various research fields to an examination of how people around the world make decisions when presented with multiple ways of doing good.

Dr Amber Wutich

The Science of Water Art project is a collaborative research project involving professionals, community members, college students and children, examining the role that water plays in each of our lives. Specifically, the project provides insights into how Arizona youth view the vital resource of water as they share perceptions of climate change and water insecurity through art.

Polar Bear

This project seeks to understand the sharing networks of the Arctic communities of Wainwright, Venetie and Kaktovik in regards to potential risk from natural resource development in the area.

Couple walking on beach

This study seeks to understand the particular challenges people face in their everyday lives following bariatric surgery, and how these shape their long-term weight loss success.

Thai cinema poster

This project explores the prevalence and patterns of social diversity and the negotiation of difference in varied historical settings in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. More specifically, the project examines what interethnic (majority-minority) relations (or the lack thereof) characterize ethnographic reporting, documentary and fiction film, novels, memoirs and newspaper coverage during 1914-2014, against what can be known about patterns of interethnic relations from ethnohistorical investigations.

Muslim Philippine women

This project concerns ethnic differences, Islamic consciousness and Muslim social integration on Palawan Island in the Philippines.

Rainy season in Sahelian forest

This project brings together an interdisciplinary team to examine the past, present and future impacts of watershed change on pastorialists and vegetation around the Agoufou lake in the Gourma region of Mali, West Africa.