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Anthropology at Kingsborough Community College
Please scroll down to see the definition of anthropology, the courses we offer, and information about our anthropology professors. 

Definition of Anthropology
Anthropology is the study of human culture, biology and language in modern times and in the past. It identifies, explains and interprets patterns and processes of human culture. The discipline has four subfields: physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. It provides alternative views on the nature of society and explores the individual’s relationship to the social world.

KCC Courses in Anthropology

ANT 03700 – Introduction to Anthropology (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Course Description: A comparative study of the human condition in various societies and its application in solving practical problems. Topics include: human evolution, the meaning of our physical diversity, communication, miscommunication, and past and present cultural diversity.
This course is available as a regular class that meets 3 hour per week, an online class, an honors class and a linked class.

ANT 03900 – Sexuality and Culture (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Course Description: An interdisciplinary approach to the study of sex, sexuality, love and reproduction. The physical, psychological and social evolution of human sexuality and the many ways in which sexual behavior varies cross-culturally.
Prerequisites: ANT 03700 or SOC 03100 or PSY 01100
This course is available as a hybrid, meeting for two hours per week in the classroom and with a one hour per week online component.

Coming in Fall 2015 ANT 3800 – Human Rights (3 crs. 3 hrs)
Prerequisites: One of the following: ANT 37, SOC 31, POL 50, POL59, POL 63, POL 65, PHI 79
Course Description: This course offers an overview of anthropological, political, legal, economical, and philosophical perspectives on human rights. Students will learn about the history of human rights, examine the basic treaties on human rights and explore the ways in which culture, religion, race, gender, indigenousness, human trafficking, genocide, and forced migration relate to human rights. In addition, students will analyze the global and local response to contemporary human rights abuses on a variety of issues in various countries.
This course is available as a hybrid class, meeting for two hours per week in the classroom and with a one hour per week online component.

Meet the Anthropology Professors

Dr. Suzanne LaFont 
Dr. Suzanne LaFont 
Anthropology Area Coordinator
Teaches ANT 38 (Human Rights) and ANT 39 (Sexuality and Culture)
Office: E118
Telephone: 5453
Email: Suzanne.Lafont@kbcc.cuny.edu

Professor Suzanne LaFont holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University. She is a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in gender, sexuality, and human rights who has taught at many institutions, including the University of Kaunas in Lithuania and the University of Sophia in Bulgaria. Professor LaFont has published books on gender and sexuality in Namibia, gender relations in Jamaica, women in Lithuania, and a textbook on the construction of gender and sexualities. In addition, she has written several articles, chapters in edited books, and monographs on the topics of romance tourism in Jamaica, homophobia in the Caribbean, sex work in Namibia, and attitudes towards tradition and sexuality in Namibia.

Dr. Beth E. King
Dr. Beth E. King
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology -includes online, Honors and link with Mental Health) and HIS 41(The Indian in U.S.)

Office: D303
Phone: 5647
Email: Beth.King@kbcc.cuny.edu

I have worked extensively within the Navajo Nation and other tribes in the Southwestern U.S.  My current research focus is relations between Anglos and Navajos at northern border of the Navajo Nation.  Other interest include:  Native American Cultures and History, Environmental Anthropology, Archaeology.

Dr. Ryan Chaney
Dr. Ryan Chaney
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology) and Soc 32 (Urban Sociology)
Office: E222
Telephone: 5381
Email: Ryan.Chaney@kbcc.cuny.edu 

Ryan Chaney is an assistant professor at Kingsborough Community College in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. His field is cultural anthropology with a specialization in the representation of folk cultures and senses of place in the popular American imagination and the politics of creating and using urban and rural spaces in the contemporary U.S. He has been a member of the Kingsborough faculty since the fall of 2011, teaching introductory, four-field anthropology, writing-intensive anthropology, and urban sociology on-line. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in May of 2008. He is currently working on a book about heritage tourism in America and conducting ethnographic research on changing senses of place in New York City’s outer boroughs after Superstorm Sandy.

Igor Pashkovskiy
Igor Pashkovskiy
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology)
Office: E118
Telephone: 5453
Email: Igor.Pashkovskiy@kbcc.cuny.edu

Igor Pashkovskiy is a member of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Kingsborough Community College. He joined the department in the fall of 2013, and is teaching introductory courses to anthropology. His field is cultural anthropology, with interests in migration, negotiation of identity, urban anthropology, school systems and accommodations. He holds a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Hunter College.

Cory Look
Cory Look
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology)
Office: D309
Telephone: 5630
Email: Cory.Look@kbcc.cuny.edu

Cory Look is an archaeologist who has been reconstructing and interpreting the landscapes and environments in which past societies lived, and how these conditions evolved.  Most of his geoarchaeological work has focused on Pre-Columbian Archaeology within Antigua and Barbuda, in the West Indies.  He has conducted isotopic work on mollusks to begin reconstructing proxies for past climate change during the late Holocene, and is using the study of soils to compare past land-use changes.  Currently, he has expanded his focus using paleosols to study plantation land-use, in particular the impact of work and domestic activities by the plantocracy and enslaved workers.  These studies of human-environment interactions have resulted in new and exciting findings during one of the first periods of Global Economic Crisis.

Cory has additional interests in heritage management, and is currently a co-contributor on a World Heritage Application Dossier for Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour in Antigua.  Much of his work has been on display or part of current museum exhibits in both Antigua and Barbuda.

Megan Leight
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology)
Office: S162
Email: Megan.Leight@kbcc.cuny.edu


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