ANTH 1200: Peoples of the World

What I teach

I consider teaching the most important part of my job. If you're in a class with me, you will come to understand that my commitment to you means that I teach hard. But what you'll get out of my hard teaching, I hope, is preparation for life: not just the life of the mind (that's what college professors love about our own lives), but life with a rewarding career in which you can earn the salary that you think you deserve and in which you can do meaningful work in the world. You can't get there without good teachers. So I'm here for you, this semester, and the rest of your lives.

Environmental Studies

I teach one course each term in Environmental Studies. As a cultural anthropologist, I'm more or less in charge of getting you to understand how nature is not only effected by human cultures, but also that what is natural to any human being is only grasped through the mechanism of culture. Most semesters I teach ENVS 3600, Culture and Environment. Sometimes I teach Senior Seminar. Links on the left provide more detailed information.

 

Anthropology

I teach one course each term in Anthropology. That assignment varies. Sometimes I teach small upper-division courses (such as Garbage! or Ethnography) and sometimes I teach to a vast souless audience in our blockbuster GenEd course, Peoples of the World. It's the best part of my job: if I do that course well, then up to 300 of you will think differently about the world and maybe, just maybe, be better human beings. But because the course is a monster, my first challenge is to convince you that it's worth your while to care.