Spring 2014 Class Schedule:
Ant 366 - Gender in Islam - M, W & F 9:05 - 9:55 am
Ant 481 - Archaeology of Islam - M & W - 5:05 - 6:20 pm
Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Mondays 3-4 pm
Office Phone: (585) 395-5142
or email for appointment
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Africana Studies; Arabic Translations of Technology; Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; Ethnographic Research; Garbology, History of Technology; Islamic and Maghribi Studies; Materials Science; Metallurgy
My main research focus is on the technological reconstruction and documentation of early and extant Islamic African metallurgy, using ethnographic and archaeometric techniques. This work includes translations of ancient texts, interpretations of travelogues, excavation, and ethnographic interview of present day metal artisans. My 2009 dissertation, Reconstructing Early Islamic Maghribi Metallurgy, integrates these techniques.
In addition to this “abroad” research, I have my “local” research in the field of garbology. Garbology, which is the study of garbage, allows me to examine human consumption behaviors in American culture towards developing more sustainable practices. This research involves sorting and cataloging garbage and interviewing those that produced it.
Finally, being a black academic, I have been drawn to the research travel experiences of other black academics into new regions not yet explored by others who look like us. In order to share these stories, I am currently editing a book on these first-person experiences in order to document shifts in societal beliefs and understanding.
Welcome new anthropology students!
Check out the Diversity conference on October 2, 2014