Faculty Profile

Emily Donaldson, PhD

BA, Anthropology, Harvard College
MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago
PhD, Anthropology, McGill University

I am committed to engaging students creatively through discussion, case studies, debates, games and empirical research. As someone who has previously worked as an archaeologist, assistant director of an archaeological field school, museum curatorial assistant and landscape historian, I love to use the environment and our material culture in my teaching. My general philosophy is that learning occurs best when students are pushed beyond the normal lecture style of instruction and encouraged to use their minds and bodies. My goal is to provide instruction in anthropology but also to strengthen skills that will serve students after college, regardless of what profession they may choose to pursue. 

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental anthropology, material culture, cultural landscapes, resources, development, land use and livelihoods, embodiment, heritage management, sustainability, power, indigenous peoples, Oceania, French Polynesia

Courses I Teach: 

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Special Topics: Where are the 'Natives'? Indigenous Challenges in the 21st Century
Dr. Donaldson is currently working to unpack some of her doctoral field work research, which looks at the relationship between heritage, livelihoods, and sustainability in the Marquesas Islands. This includes modifying her dissertation in preparation for publication as a book, and writing a range of articles and book chapters aimed at publicizing her research and findings. 
American Anthropological Association, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Society for Applied Anthropology

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