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DeLuca, Laura M Instructor


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research overview

  • I focus on the cross-cultural aspects of sustainable development, ethnographic methods/fieldwork, social entrepreneurship and social innovation, human dimensions of conservation, war and refugees and community-based peace building in Africa. I work in Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda. I have also researched 'Gross National Happiness' (GNH) in Bhutan. I just revised 'Lost Girl Found, for the upcoming paperback launch. It is an ethnographic fictional work written to raise awareness of the oil-fueled conflict in Sudan and the impact of gender on migration experience. It is from the perspective of a young female refugee. I have written chapters for Building Peace from Within: An Examination of Community-Based Peace Building and Transitions in Africa.This book seeks to examine how successful models of building 'peace from within' in the African continent. This October, I published an article in Sapiens about Hadzabe Hunter Gatherers.


  • social entrepreneurship, engaged anthropology, African studies, cultural anthropology, social innovation, sustainable development, sustainability, environmental studies, peace studies, social innovation, impact business, refugees, gender and migration, ethnographic fiction, War and refugees, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania



courses taught

  • ANTH 4180 Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues (Spring 2019)
  • SSIR 1010 Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability (Spring 2019)
  • ANTH 1150 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Regional Cultures of Africa (Fall 2018)
  • FARR 1000 Farrand Service-Learning Practicum: Special Topics (Fall 2018)
  • ANTH 4020 Explorations in Anthropology (Summer 2018)
  • HUEN 3843 Special Topics (Spring 2018)
  • SSIR 1010 Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability (Spring 2018)


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