Full-Time Faculty


Marc Boglioli (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-
Madison) is Associate Professor of Anthropology. His research focuses on human-nature relations, gender, and modernity. His book, A Matter of Life and Death: Hunting in Contemporary Vermont (University of Massachusetts Press), explores a wide range of issues, including masculinity at homosocial Vermont deer-hunting camps, controversial coyote-hunting tournaments in central Vermont, and theorizations of the “West”. “In the broadest sense,” he observes, “my work in Vermont has been a long meditation – in all its cultural, historical, and ethical complexity – on what historian Bill Cronon refers to as ‘the unending task of struggling to live rightly in the world’”

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Allan C. Dawson (Ph.D. McGill University) is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora; ethnicity and globalization; identity and violence; religious innovation; chieftaincy; and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. Dawson also explores issues of Blackness and Afro-Brazilian identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world. Dawson has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Brazil, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.


Dawson, Allan C.
2014 In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeastern Brazil. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Dawson, Allan C, Laura Zanotti and Ismael Vaccaro (eds.)
2014 Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition. New York: Routledge.

Dawson, Allan Charles (ed.)
2009 Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.


Dawson, Allan Charles
2015 A Legacy of Sugar and Slaves: Disconnection and Regionalism in Bahia, Brazil. In Anthropology of Disconnection: The Political Ecology of Post-Industrial Regimes, Ismael Vaccaro, Krista Harper, and D. Seth Murray, eds. Pp. 132-146. New York: Routledge.

Dawson, Allan Charles
2014 Ancestors Shape the Land: Earth Shrines, Chieftaincy and Territoriality in Northern Ghana. In Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition, Allan C. Dawson, Laura Zanotti and Ismael Vaccaro, eds. Pp 163-179. New York: Routledge.

Vaccaro, Ismael, Laura Zanotti and Allan Charles Dawson
2014 Introduction. In Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition, Allan C. Dawson, Laura Zanotti and Ismael Vaccaro, eds. Pp 1-17. New York: Routledge.

Dawson, Allan Charles
2014 Food and Spirits: Religion, Gender, and Identity in the ‘African’ Cuisine of Northeast Brazil. In African Diaspora in Brazil: History, Culture and Politics, Fassil Demissie, ed. Pp. 93-113. New York: Routledge. (Reprinted version of Dawson 2012).

Dawson, Allan Charles
2009 Introduction. In Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society, Allan C. Dawson, ed. Pp. vii-xvii. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

Dawson, Allan Charles
2009 Earth shrines and autochthony among the Konkomba of Northern Ghana in Shrines. In Shrines Africa: History, Politics and Society, Allan C. Dawson, ed. Pp. 71-94. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

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Yuliya Grinberg (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Business. Her research raises questions about the social impact of digital data, the role of gender in computing, and the future of work in the age of automation. Her first book, Data Entrepreneurialism and the Digital Body (under contract with Cambridge University Press) focuses an anthropological lens on the developers of wearable technology and analyzes how digital knowledge is produced in the tension of analytic savvy, entrepreneurial habit, and commercial pressure. Dr. Grinberg also holds a B.S. in Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business and has worked as a brand strategist and as qualitative research across a range of categories, including CPG, B2B, and the technology sector. She teaches courses on marketing and business anthropology, as well courses that address the ethical, social, and political issues as they relate to questions of technological innovation, automation, and big data.


Dr. Masucci’s (Ph.D. Southern Methodist University; Professor of Anthropology) research focus is in ancient land use and subsistence adaptations which encompasses her current work on ancient ceramic technology and trade.  Her research is firmly rooted in primary archaeological field research. Through a series of external grants she has been able to establish a permanent field station in lowland, coastal Ecuador. Maria’s laboratory research focuses on the reconstruction of ancient ceramic technology utilizing petrographic thin section analysis of sediments and fired ceramics. She also collaborates with outside researchers who provide complementary data on elemental characterization of the same materials. Drew students are able to participate both in Ecuador and at Drew in an ongoing research effort which provides basic training in all major aspects of archaeological research including survey and excavation and special materials recovery and analysis (macrobotanical, microbotanical, carbonized remains, lithics and ceramics, etc…). This program also offers students an opportunity for cross cultural training.

Affiliated Faculty


Jonathan Golden (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998) teaches at Drew University, where he is Associate Director of the Caspersen Centers, working closely with Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement, while serving as Assoc. Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.  Golden teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Theology School, specializing in the areas of Religion, Anthropology, and the Middle East – ancient and modern.  He is the author of Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives and the forthcoming Dawn of the Metal Age.  Golden offers courses and has written on such topics as religious conflict and terrorism, world archaeology, Jewish diaspora communities, ethnography of the Middle East and Latin America, and human evolution, with a special focus on the inter-face between science and religion.  Golden is also Faculty Advisor to Drew Hillel and S.T.A.N.D. and is an active member of the Drew Disaster Relief Project; he also serves on the Religious Life Council and Diversity Committee.  Golden lives in Florham Park, NJ, where he also enjoys playing soccer and performing/writing music.

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Adjunct Faculty


Mary’s work is focused upon understanding neighborhood variability and urban spatial organization at the Bronze Age site of Harappa, Pakistan. Upcoming work continues investigations of Indus Urbanism and the interplay between material culture, technologies and the the geophysical and social landscape in South Asia and adjacent regions

Emeritus Faculty


Ph.D., University of Colorado. Social Organization; Material Culture (especially textiles and ceramics); Southeast Asian Cultural Anthropology


Ph.D., Indiana University. Folklore; African religion; African art; Divination; Psychological anthropology; Visual and Verbal Arts of West Africa (especially Nigeria)


Dr. Van Blerkom (Ph.D. University of Colorado- Boulder) is Professor of Anthropology and director of the Biological Anthropology major. She has been at Drew since 1989 and specializes in medical and biological Anthropology, as well as the evolution of human diseases.