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DeLuca, Laura



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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. In 2020, I co-authored an article with Alex Dudley and Irene Amoke on the impact of COVID-19 on Wildlife Conservation in East Africa in Swara Magazine of East African Wildlife. Alex Dudley and I also wrote a review of the film Kifaru (Swahili for Rhino). This American documentary is about the northern white rhinos at Ol Pejeta in Kenya.


  • indigenous rights, social entrepreneurship, engaged anthropology, African studies, cultural anthropology, social innovation, sustainable development, sustainability, environmental studies, peace studies, social entrepreneurship, innovating sustainability, impact business, refugees, gender and migration, ethnographic fiction, War and refugees, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, participatory research, migration studies, human dimensions of conservation, women and girls, empowerment



courses taught

  • ANTH 1150 - Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Regional Cultures of Africa
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Explores a small number of cultures in a specific sub-region of Africa from an integrated holistic viewpoint, emphasizing material adaptations, social patterns, ideas and values, and aesthetic achievements.
  • ANTH 1200 - Culture and Power
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Compares contemporary sociopolitical systems across cultures, from non-Western tribal groups to modern states. Introduces students to anthropological approaches for understanding and analyzing political forces, processes, and institutions that affect cultures such as colonialism, warfare, violence,ethnicity, migration, and globalization.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022 / Summer 2023
    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 4180 - Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    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
  • SSIR 1010 - Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    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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