The Anthropology Program at Texas A&M University offers students training in cultural anthropology, the comparative study of human behavior, culture and society found throughout the world. Cultural anthropologists at Texas A&M draw on a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological techniques. They are united in the use of an interdisciplinary, comparative approach in their anthropological research of culture.
Faculty members in the Cultural Anthropology Program coordinate the Cultural Anthropology Program within the Department of Anthropology. There are seven faculty members with primary affiliation in the Cultural Anthropology Program: Michael Alvard, N. Fadeke Castor, Norbert Dannhaeuser, Travis Du Bry, Tom Green, Cynthia Werner, and Jeff Winking. One faculty member at Texas A&M has affiliated status with the Cultural Anthropology Program: Amanda Stronza (Recreation, Parks & Tourism Sciences; Adjunct in Anthropology).
Although each faculty member has their own specific research interests, our program as a whole has strengths in the following areas:
- Cultural Studies, including folklore, performance, identity, and the politics of difference
- Environment and Ecology, with focus on Darwinian approaches to culture and society, evolutionary ecology, conservation, and political ecology
- Globalization, with focus on migration, ethnicity, tourism, and development
Geographically, our faculty conduct ethnographic research in many areas of the world, including:
- North America (Dannhaeuser, Du Bry, Green)
- South America (Alvard, Green, Winking, Stronza)
- The Caribbean (Alvard, Castor, Green)
- Southeast Asia (Alvard, Dannhaeuser)
- Central Asia (Werner)
- Europe (Dannhaeuser)