Cultural Anthropology

Areas of regional expertise include Latin America and the Caribbean, Native America, Southeast Asia, Japan, Tibet and the Himalayas, Papua New Guinea, East Africa, and Europe. Among the topical interests of the faculty are:

  • gender and sexuality
  • culture and power
  • modernity and consumption
  • tourism and popular culture
  • medical anthropology
  • science and technology studies
  • kinship and relatedness
  • environmental anthropology
  • human and political ecology
  • pastoralism
  • public anthropology
  • nationalism and ethnic identity
  • racial constructs
  • post-colonialism
  • history and memory

In addition, the cultural anthropology faculty share an interest in globalization, using ethnographic skills to understand the contemporaneous but countervailing forces that encourage both global homogenization and local fragmentation.

Faculty Profiles

Alison Cool
Alison Cool will join the CU faculty in 2015. She received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from New York University in 2013
Carla Jones
Professor Jones’ primary research situates theoretical questions about gender, class and subjectivity in the context of contemporary urban Indonesia.
Carole McGranahan
Professor McGranahan is a cultural anthropologist and historian specializing in contemporary Tibet.
Donna M. Goldstein
Medical anthropology, anthropology of science, pharmaceutical politics, history of genetics, toxicities, low-dose radiation, invisible harm, Cold War, ethnography, poverty, political economy.
Terry McCabe
McCabe researches human adaptations to arid land and savanna ecosystems, with a special emphasis on nomadic pastoralism.
Jen Shannon
Shannon studies the history, theory, and contemporary practice of museums and the representation of indigenous peoples.
Jerry Jacka
As an environmental anthropologist, I am interested in understanding the diverse ways that humans and their environments influence one another.
Kaifa Roland
Roland’s research is in the area of cultural anthropology and her interests include: tourism, national identity, racial and gender constructions, and critiques of capitalism.
Kathryn Goldfarb
Two major questions motivate my research: what are the effects of social inclusion and exclusion on well-being, and how do social relationships shape bodily experience?