This page lists the areas of expertise within the department.
Dr. Jayant Anand teaches courses in both Anthropology and Sociology at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. His primary research interest is in the subfield of economic anthropology in general and retail businesses in particular. He has conducted research and published on informal finance and retail businesses in Mexico. Since 2009 he has also been studying multiculturalism, especially as it pertains to racial and ethnic relations in the United States.
Dr. Anand is currently working on two projects. One looks at how small retail businesses finance their operations and the other studies the impact ethnic studies courses have on the attitudes and beliefs of college students. Email Dr. Anand
Dr. Kathleen Bubinas is interested in the role of informal economies such as farmers markets, ethnic economies and community gardens within the context of the broader national economy. Currently, she is conducting survey research across the state of Wisconsin in order to begin to develop a sustainability index of farmers markets. As an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UW-Waukesha, she teaches courses in General and Cultural Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Food and Culture, and Cultures of the World. Email Dr. Bubinas
Dr. Renee Gralewicz is the cultural anthropologist at UW-Fox Valley in Menasha. She focuses on American Indian cultures and teaches a number of American Indian Studies courses. Some of her favorite courses to teach reflect unique cultural aspects. They are named “Religion, Magic, & Witchcraft” and “Food, Culture, and Identity.” Email Dr. Gralewicz
Dr. Ann Herda-Rapp teaches sociology courses, including courses on the sociology of gender, the environment, social inequality, community and globalization/global problems, at UW-Marathon County in Wausau. Her recent research has focused on the social construction of wildlife issues and women’s introduction to and experiences with outdoor recreation. With her geography department colleague, Dr. Jim McCluskey, she has also administered a survey to Marathon County households to understand issues facing the county’s residents and their strategies for “getting by.” A subset of the research explores Hmong educational attainment and spatial and social mobility. Email Dr. Herda-Rapp
Gregg Jamison's research interests are broad and include the relationships between technology and social organization, experimental and ethnographic approaches to archaeology, the origins and organizational dynamics of the world’s earliest state-level societies and the cultural history of Wisconsin and the upper Great Lakes. His dissertation research focuses on the production technologies of inscribed steatite seals of the Indus or Harappan civilization (2600-1900 B.C.E.) of ancient Pakistan and India, and the role of this craft industry in larger social and political structures. In addition to his research in Pakistan and India, Gregg also has experience conducting cultural resource management (CRM) fieldwork, primarily in Wisconsin. Email Mr. Jamison
Dr. Ronald Lippi has over 30 years of teaching experience in anthropology. He is specialized in South American archaeology, especially of Ecuador. Lippi has conducted various research projects on Ecuadorian archaeology since 1975. He travels to Ecuador every summer to direct a long-term excavation project in the cloud forest northwest of Quito on the western flank of the Andes Mountains. Lippi has published three books and many articles and reports on Ecuadorian archaeology. He has a few other publications in archaeology and related fields. Between his teaching and research, he is conversant and ready and able to present lectures in the following areas: world prehistory, human evolution, evolutionary theory, the fallacies of the race concept, the Incas (or Aztecs or Mayas), fallacies in popular archaeology (pseudo-archaeology), Egyptian archaeology, indigenous cultures of North America and South America, religion and magic, anthropological linguistics and a variety of other anthropological topics. Dr. Lippi is at the UW-Marathon County campus in Wausau. Email Dr. Lippi
Dr. Greg Peter was the Service Learning Coordinator for the UW Colleges for two years and part of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service. He is currently an environmental and rural sociologist with specialties in food systems, agriculture and the environment as well as community studies and development. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies with an Environmental Studies minor at UW-Madison, a Master of Science in Rural Sociology and Ph.D. in Sociology at Iowa State University. He is a co-author of a book, two book chapters, several articles and dozens of research presentations on rural sociology, sustainable agriculture, and the interface between the environment and society. Dr. Peter is based at the UW-Fox Valley campus in Menasha. Email Dr. Peter
Dr. Colin Wang has always been interested in the role of culture in social mobility - how culture influences and is in turn influenced by social mobility. This interest has led him to inquiries into cultural capital in contemporary China and cultural assimilation among the Hmong community. In addition to these subjects, he is currently exploring the notion of expressive individualism (as opposed to utilitarian individualism) and how that expressive individualism affects social mobility and collective action among ethnic minorities. Dr. Wang works at the UW-Waukesha campus. Email Dr. Wang