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Anthropology, Department of


Faculty and Staff


Faculty & Staff - Summer 2018

Name Phone Number Office Email Address Office Hours

Dr. Diana Fox, Chairperson


Hart Hall 239
Please contact
faculty by email.
Dr. Louise Badiane

Dr. Ellen Ingmanson

Hart Hall 237

Hart Hall 238

​Dr. Simone Poliandri ​508-531-1846 ​Hart Hall 240
​Dr. Yongmei Wu Contact by email.​ ​​
​  Visiting Scholar
​Dr. Sandra Faiman-Silva
  Professor Emeritus
​Contact by email.
​Dr. Andrew Armstrong ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Elise Brenner ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Linnea Carlson ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Walter Harper ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Curtiss Hoffman ​Contact by email. ​​ 
Dr. Joshua Irizarry Contact by email.
​Prof. Nancy Monroe-Luger ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Calvin Mires ​Contact by email.
​Prof. Heather Myers ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Leonard Paolillo ​Contact by email. 
​Prof. Heidi Savery ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Frank Spaulding ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Lara Watkins ​Contact by email.
​Dr. Michael Zimmerman ​Contact by email.
Patricia Dyer
Administrative Assistant
508-531-1799 Hart Hall 226 M-F, 9-3
*   Please contact Part Time Faculty by email to make an appointment. 

Full Time Faculty       

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Dr. Louise Badiane
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Coordinator, African Studies Program
Hart Hall, Room 237
Tel:  508-531-2166

I am a medical anthropologist with interests in applied medical anthropology, global health, sexual and reproductive health, African ethnomedicine, African immigrants health issues in the US and Europe.  Current research projects include: Ethnomedical study of female Mankagne healers in Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Gambia; Applied Anthropological study to improve the health status of the villagers of Haer, Senegal; Ethnobotanical study of indigenous medicines among herbalists in Ziguinchor, Senegal; A  Multi-sited critical analysis of African diasporic engagement in homeland health, US, Senegal and Ghana; Ethnographic Study of Senegalese hair-braiding in the U.S.A; Ethnographic study of rastafari youth in the city of Ziguinchor, Senegal.        


Dr. Diana Fox, Chairperson
Professor of Anthropology
Editor, Journal of International Women's Studies
Hart Hall, Room 239
Tel:  508-531-2847 

I am a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on the English-speaking Caribbean, particularly Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. My research and teaching interests include: gender and sexuality studies, women's human rights, the anthropology of human rights; transnational feminism, anthropology of development, ecological anthropology; anthropology of activism, race and ethnicity, HIV/AIDS stigma and education.  Most recently I produced an ethnographic film, Earth, Water, Woman: Community and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago, about a Rastafarian village in Trinidad doing incredible environmental conservation work.  I am working to establish an anthropological field school in this community where students can learn about Rastafarianism, women’s leadership, agroforestry and many other issues. My newest project is a collaboration with a Jamaican human rights organization, J-FLAG, and the international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, to seek ways to end to the horrific anti-GLBT violence in Jamaica suffered by many as a result of extreme hatred.

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Dr. Curtiss Hoffman
Professor of Anthropology
Hart Hall, Room 241
Tel:  508-531-2249 

I earned my B.A. in Mediterranean Studies at Brandeis University (1967) and my Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Yale University (1974).   My doctoral dissertation, The Lion, the Eagle, the Man, and the Bull in Mesopotamian Glyptic, explored the paleoethnozoological symbol-systems of the ancient peoples of southern Iraq.  Shortly before obtaining my Ph.D., I undertook a program of retraining in the archaeology of Northeastern North America, which has since become my major field of research.  I have published numerous articles, site reports, and a monograph on the subject, People of the Fresh Water Lake:  A Prehistory of Westborough, Massachusetts (Peter Lang, 1991).  I have also published an introductory text on mythology, The Seven Story Tower:  A Mythic Journey through Space and Time (Perseus, 1999) and I am the coauthor of an anthology, Weaving Dreams in the Classroom (2014) .  On the faculty at Bridgewater since 1978, I regularly teach introductory and upper division courses in archaeology, mythology, culture and consciousness, and survey courses in the indigenous peoples and cultures of North America and the Middle East.  I conduct an annual summer archaeological field school at pre-European sites in eastern Massachusetts.  I am a long-time member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and currently serve as its Membership Chair and Bulletin Editor.  I am also serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and hosted their 2006 Annual Conference at Bridgewater State College.

Dr. Ellen Ingmanson  

Dr. Ellen Ingmanson
Professor of Anthropology
Hart Hall, Room 238
Tel:  508-531-2799

As a biological anthropologist my primary research focuses on questions regarding the evolution of intelligence and the nature and origins of cultural behavior.  A particular emphasis of my work is the contribution of primate studies to understanding human behavioral patterns and what it means to be human.  Much of my research has been with the apes, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and gibbons. I have conducted observations of object manipulation, tool use, communication, social skills, behavioral variation, ecology, and nonhuman culture.  I address a wide range of issues in my courses that often cross traditional boundaries between natural and social science perspectives.

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 Dr. Simone Poliandri
 Assistant Professor of Anthropology
 Hart Hall, Room 240
 Tel: 508-531-1846
I am a cultural anthropologist specialized in Native American Studies, I hold a PhD in Anthropology from Brown University, and I am an elected member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the Mi'kmaw people of the Canadian Maritimes since 2000, working on issues of traditionalism, contemporary identity dynamics and, most recently, Aboriginal nationhood and nation-building.  My book First Nations, Identity, and Reserve Life: The Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2011.  My second book is an edited collection on the recent developments of Native American nationalism and nation-building to be published in the SUNY Press "Tribal Worlds" series.  I have publications in academic journals and edited volumes on several topics, including social science research methods, Mi'kmaw residential school experiences in the 20th century, contemporary Aboriginal maritime harvesting, and Native American ethnohistory.  I am an Editorial Board Member for the series "Ethnographie Americane" published at the University of Rome "La Sapienza," Italy.  I am also an active member of several scholarly associations and participate regularly in academic conferences.  I teach introductory and upper level cultural anthropology, Native American cultures, and research methods courses.  I play acoustic guitar, soccer, and sail for recreation.  I live in Massachusetts with my wonderful wife and daughter.