A professor of anthropology, advocate for social and economic justice, and long-term researcher in Nigeria, I created this website for students, colleagues, and anyone interested in anthropology, political and economic transformation, and Nigeria.
Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human and how humans make meaning. A rich and integrative discipline that prepares students to live and work in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world, anthropology is comprised of cultural, physical, linguistic, archaeological, and applied anthropology. Encouraging students to delve into the hands-on methodologies of fieldwork, anthropology courses at Gavilan College offer students opportunities to design research projects so they can get involved with local communities. Addressing today's cultural, political, and economic challenges on local and global scales, courses teach students tools for analysis and civic engagement. As we learn about our world's complexity and beauty, we seek ways to make our communities more equitable.
Gavilan Anthropology Courses Have Fun Exploring Challenging Questions:
What makes us human? How can we interpret our own as well as other cultures? How do our institutional structures naturalize social categories? How do we work for justice in a world in which people have different levels of access to power & resources? How can anthropology offer us tools to make our world more equitable and free from the shackles of injustice?
Research teamwork in Nigeria. Photo by Jeleel Ojuade.
Gavilan students & faculty celebrating National Campus Equity Day at campus entrance. Photo by Kyle Hull.