Anthropologists shed light on human origins and on our relationships with one another and with our surroundings, environments, and other species. They look at social life and everyday activities, but they also address issues of pressing contemporary concern in the world today. Anthropology provides perspectives on the immediacy of our lived experiences, on global challenges, and what kind of futures we face.

To study anthropology is to embark on an exploration of human life and the human condition at all times and in all places, from understanding ancient migrations and past societies, to the human transformation of local, regional and global environments, and to our places, situations and responsibilities in the globalized modern world. The knowledge and skills acquired through the study of a degree in Anthropology prepares students for a wide range of careers. At the University of Alberta, we have a vibrant department and expertise in several major branches of the discipline of anthropology that focus on different aspects of human populations, societies and cultures. Our work contributes to new ways of thinking for an anthropology of the 21st century, but also for how we think about the world in which we live. At once philosophical and applied, our discipline is also key to how we understand the arts, humanities and social sciences and there are opportunities to study anthropology in combination with a wide range of other subjects.

I welcome informal enquiries from potential graduate students. While many of my own research interests have a regional focus on the circumpolar North and on the anthropology of the Arctic and North Atlantic, I explore more global issues of concern to anthropology as well. I am able to offer supervision in a wide range of areas. I am interested in how people maintain viable lifestyles, livelihoods and homes, and how they nurture human-environment relations, especially in the face of multiple threats, challenges and opportunities. I examine social and cultural resilience, identity and place from the perspective of anthropology and political ecology, exploring the relationship between politics, culture, institutions, and the environment. I am interested in anthropological approaches to climate change and extractive industries.

I have supervised MA and PhD students who have carried out extensive research in many parts of Canada (in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut), in north, west, south, and east Greenland, in Iceland, Scotland, Finland, Russia, India, Ethiopia and Japan.

If you are interested in graduate studies at the MA or PhD level in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, then please visit the information about our programme on our departmental website or get in touch with me directly.


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