Faculty & Staff
Donna F. Murdock
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Chair of International and Global Studies
Donna F. Murdock received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Emory University in 2003. Her first book, When Women Have Wings: Feminism and Development in Medellín, Colombia published by the University of Michigan press in 2008, is based on 16 months of field research on women's development activities in Medellín, Colombia. Her second project concerns the relationships between 1) the structure of global capital, 2) related shifts in southeastern United States economies, and 3) Latino immigration to "new destinations" in the Southeast.
Richard A. O’Connor
Biehl Professor of International Studies
Richard O’Connor graduated from William & Mary and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell. His research began with fieldwork in Bangkok, expanded to Southeast Asia, and for the last decade has focused on anorexia in the U.S. and Canada. As a teacher he enjoys connecting anthropology to students’ everyday experiences.
Professor of Anthropology
Celeste Ray trained in cultural anthropology, ecological anthropology and archaeology and her teaching and research remains focused on these sub-fields. Her publications have considered regionalism, cultural creolization and ethnic identities. Professor Ray’s current research considers holy wells and sacred landscapes in Ireland and folklore about healing springs on the Cumberland Plateau.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and University Archaeologist
Sarah Sherwood's Environmental Studies profile.
Richard G. Summers
Associate Dean of the College
Richard Summers has been teaching at Sewanee since 2001 and received his Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was appointed administrative chair of the Anthropology Department in 2008.
Merle “Mae” Wallace
Professor of Anthropology and Director of Teaching Education
Merle Wallace “Mae” Professor of Education and Anthropology and Chair of the Education Program earned a B.A at Temple University, an M.A. at the University of Illinois, Springfield, and the Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She teaches courses in education and anthropology, specializing in cultural, psychological and community issues in education.