Anthropology & Sociology Faculty

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Andrea Abrams

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Associate Professor of Anthropology • Chair of the Gender Studies Program Anthropology, African and African American Studies, and Gender Studies Address Office: Crounse Hall—464 Phone: 859.238.5254
Biography

Andrea Abrams came to Centre in 2007 as Centre’s first Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow, and became assistant professor of anthropology in 2009. She was promoted to associate professor in 2014.

She is the author of God and Blackness: Race, Gender and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church (NYU Press, 2014). She led a study-abroad trip to Ghana during CentreTerm 2013, and will co-teach Spring Term in London, England in 2015. Before coming to Centre, Abrams taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Spelman College. Her research focuses on racial and gender issues in the South.

Abrams has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She earned a M.A. in anthropology, a graduate certificate in women’s studies, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.

Email: andrea.abrams@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/5/13

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Robyn Cutright

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Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of Anthropology • Chair of Anthropology/Sociology Program Anthropology, Latin American Studies Address Crounse Hall—470 Phone: 859.238.6032
Biography

Robyn Cutright joined Centre’s faculty in 2009. She is Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of Anthropology, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013.

Her research interests include household archaeology, anthropology and archaeology of food and cuisine, complex societies, gender studies, paleoethnobotany, and archaeology of the Andes and coastal Peru.

Cutright received a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from Lawrence University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

To read about her 2012 CentreTerm course, “Pyramids & Politics: Exploring Peru’s Prehispanic Past,” click here.
To read about her 2011 CentreTerm course, “Aliens, Atlantis, and Archaeology,” click here.
To read about the 2009 archeological dig in which Dr. Cutright’s class took part, click here.

Email: robyn.cutright@centre.edu

File last updated: 6/26/17

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A. Endre Nyerges

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Professor of Anthropology Anthropology Address Crounse Hall—453 Phone: 859.238.5240
Biography

Endre Nyerges joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting professor, having previously taught at the University of Kentucky. He was named associate professor of anthropology the following year and became professor of anthropology in 2007. He has chaired Anthropology/Sociology and Environmental Studies and is an active member of both major programs.

A veteran of ethnological and ecological field research in Iran and Sierra Leone, Nyerges has edited two volumes of scholarly work in anthropology and has published extensively in scholarly books and journals. His current research concerns the remote sensing of environmental change in West African Guinea savanna.

Nyerges holds a B.A. from Earlham College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Email: endre.nyerges@centre.edu

File last updated: 10/20/14

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EXPERT

Cultural anthropology — Food production in Africa

Editor of The Ecology of Practice: Studies of Food Crop Production in Sub-Saharan West Africa (Gordon and Breach, 1998), part of a series. Research on ethnography and ecology in Africa and the Middle East.

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Jamie Shenton

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology Centre CollegeDivision II Address Crounse - 436
Biography

Jamie Shenton joined the faculty at Centre College as assistant professor of anthropology in 2017.

She is a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, ethnographic methods, and comparative perspectives on U.S. and world cultures, especially Latin America. Her geographic areas of expertise are lowland South America and highland Central America, and she has spent significant amounts of time conducting fieldwork among indigenous Kichwa peoples (Amazonian Ecuador) and indigenous Maya peoples (Guatemala). Her most recent research explored issues of gender, intergenerational transformation, body image, and social change among indigenous Kichwa women in the Napo Province region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Other ongoing research projects include productive intersections of contemporary feminist theory and Amazonian ethnographic theoretical paradigms as well as sexual violence on college campuses and questions of awareness and prevention.

Shenton’s teaching areas of interest include cultural anthropology; gender and sexuality; human rights; globalization; disease, healing, and health inequalities; modernity, social change, and indigenous resilience; media studies and popular culture; and body image and eating disorders.

Shenton earned a B.A. in anthropology and sociology and Spanish from Centre College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University where she taught for nearly three years in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Email: jamie.shenton@centre.edu
File last updated: 8/23/17

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Kaelyn Wiles

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Assistant Professor of Sociology Sociology Address Crounse Hall—328 Phone: 859.238.5382
Biography

Kaelyn Wiles came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of sociology.

Her scholarly interests include the sociology of health and illness, and environmental sociology.

Wiles received a B.A. in biology from Oberlin College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Email: kaelyn.wiles@centre.edu

File last updated: 9/4/13

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