Department of Anthropology

Cooperating Faculty

Anthropologists, Archaeologists and Ethnomusicologists Across Brandeis

Bradford Garvey
Assistant Professor of Music
Slosberg Music Center, 218

Expertise: Ethnomusicology, Middle Eastern/Arab music, music and language (linguistic anthropology), Iraqi Maqām, analysis of rhythm and timbre, economic ethnomusicology

Ricardo Godoy
Professor, Programs in Sustainable International Development, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
781-736-2784 Heller-Brown Building, 153

Expertise: Economic anthropology, agriculture, health, Latin America

Laura Heath-Stout
Lecturer, University Writing Program
Rabb Graduate Center 218

Expertise: Equity and inclusion in archaeology, archaeological knowledge production, intersectional feminism, disability studies, historical archaeology

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Associate Professor of Christian Studies
781-736-2065 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 308

Expertise: Archaeology and history of ancient and late antique Christianity, material culture and religions of eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, monasticism in Eastern Mediterranean World, foodways in late antiquity

Emrah Karakuş
Neubauer Junior Research Fellow
Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Emrah Karakuş holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Arizona. His interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and security studies, with a focus on the modern Middle East. His dissertation, "Queer Debt: Affective Politics of Security and Intimacy in Kurdish Turkey," analyzes the effects of emergent security regimes on the intimate lives and livelihoods of queer and transgender Kurds.

David Shane Lowry
Visiting Senior Fellow
The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Heller School

Expertise: Anthropologist, author and lecturer

Dr. Lowry is a publicly engaged scholar whose work sits at the intersection of American Indian/Native American/Indigenous community, racial formations in the United States and critical studies of science, technology and medicine. He is particularly concerned with how reparations and other forms of justice to American Indian/Native American people take place.

He was recently a participant in a roundtable discussion, Indigenous People of Cambridge.

Eóin O'Donoghue
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
Mandel Center for the Humanities, 210
Alexandra Ratzlaff
Lecturer in Classical Studies
781-736-2665 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 210

Expertise: Classical and Near Eastern archaeology; maritime archaeology; trade in late antiquity; ceramic analysis of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods; digital humanities; archaeological ethics and theory; Roman army

Ramyar D. Rossoukh
Assistant Director for Research
Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Expertise: Media anthropology, film industries, science and technology studies, religion, outer space, Middle East, Iran

Toni Shapiro-Phim
Associate Professor, Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation
Assistant Director, Peacebuilding and the Arts
781-736-7744 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 311

Expertise: History and cultural contexts of the arts in discrete regions of the world, particularly in relation to violence, migration, conflict transformation, gender concerns

Ian VanderMeulen
Junior Research Fellow
Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Expertise: Media, sound, the senses, and Islamic thought and practice, with a particular focus on the Maghrib