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, global social change, and Africa.
Anthropology is comprised of its five interconnected subfields: cultural, physical, linguistic, archaeological, and applied anthropology. A broad field of study, anthropology bridges the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Anthropology is a powerful tool that helps us seek an understanding of all people and cultures, in all of our complexity. 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 of their choice. 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, inclusive, and conscious.
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 kind?
Gavilan students & faculty celebrating National Campus Equity Day at campus entrance. Photo by Kyle Hull.