ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY
Academic Program at Centre College
Kiyona Brewster joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of sociology in 2017.
Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, gender, qualitative methods, family studies, and religion. Brewster’s ongoing research agenda involves understanding how gender and familial roles are defined and produced within predominantly African American Protestant and Evangelical communities of faith. She previously held teaching appointments at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Triton College in Illinois. She is originally from Pennsylvania and when she is not reading social theory, she enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.
Brewster received a B.S. degree from Bennett College for Women, an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in gender & sexuality studies from Northwestern University in September of 2016, as well as a teaching certificate from the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. She also has an M.A. in psychology from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 8/21/17
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.
File last updated: 7/15/19
Nathan Meissner joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as visiiting assistant professor of anthropology.
Meissner’s research and teaching interests include material culture, complex societies, Mesoamerica, North America, economic anthropology, colonialism, social network analysis, long-distance exchange, lithic analysis, quantitative methods, and semiotics.
Meissner earned a B.A. in anthropology from St. Cloud University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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.
File last updated: 10/20/14
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.
Jeffrey Shenton joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as visiting assistant professor of anthropology.
Shenton’s teaching specializations include cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, cultural and political ecology, cognitive anthropology, and anthropology of religion, indigenous Latin America.
Shenton earned a B.A. in English and French from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Vanderbilt University.