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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, participatory research,



courses taught

  • ANTH 4180 - Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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
    Explores different important themes in the humanities, check with department for specific semester topics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • SSIR 1010 - Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    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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