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DeLuca, Laura M



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  • 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.


  • COVID-19 in Africa, social entrepreneurship, engaged anthropology, African studies, cultural anthropology, social innovation, sustainable development, sustainability, environmental studies, peace studies, social entrepreneurship, innovating sustainability, impact business, refugees, gender and migration, ethnographic fiction, War and refugees, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, participatory research, migration studies, human dimensions of conservation, women and girls, empowerment



courses taught

  • ANTH 1150 - Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Regional Cultures of Africa
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Explores a small number of cultures in a specific sub-region of Africa from an integrated holistic viewpoint, emphasizing material adaptations, social patterns, ideas and values, and aesthetic achievements.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 5020.
  • ANTH 4180 - Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Students read, discuss, and write critical evaluations of contemporary publications in anthropology. Identifies basic themes that inform major anthropological perspectives. Students then bring these perspectives to bear on issues currently facing the human species. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HUEN 3843 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
  • SSIR 1010 - Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Engages students in understanding, through critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative projects, how different change models, including social entrepreneurship, can lead to sustainable outcomes. Based on a combination of lectures, exams, group work, exercises, readings, in-class discussion and analysis, and speakers, students develop skills to work collaboratively on a problem-oriented topic and present project to public audience at semester end.


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