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Kurnick, Sarah Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Sarah Kurnick is an anthropological archaeologist. She specializes in ancient Mesoamerica, and particularly the ancient Maya. Her research focuses on the creation, perpetuation, and negation of institutionalized social inequality and political authority, and her primary interests include the role of the past in shaping the political present and how archaeology can foster positive social change. Since 2014, she has co-directed a community archaeology project at the site of Punta Laguna in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society among other organizations, and has held a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Research Fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

keywords

  • Anthropological Archaeology, The Maya, Community Archaeology, Political Authority

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ANTH 1155 - Exploring Global Cultural Diversity
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the geography, kinship, politics and religious values of various cultures globally in historical and contemporary context through an anthropological perspective. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    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 5020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    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 4020.
  • ANTH 7030 - Seminar: Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Intensive examination of selected theoretical or methodological topics in archaeology. Topics vary with current research emphasis. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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