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 3800 Human Rights (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
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 an online class and as a hybrid class, meeting for two hours per week in the classroom and with a one hour per week online component.
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 an online class and as a hybrid, 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
Anthropology Area Coordinator
Teaches ANT 38 (Human Rights) and ANT 39 (Sexuality and Culture)
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, attitudes towards tradition and sexuality in Namibia and LGBT rights in southern Africa.
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.)
Beth King is a cultural anthropologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. She presently teaches the introductory four-field anthropology class, an introductory anthropology online class and a Native American history class. Her specialization is in environmental anthropology and Native American history. She currently conducts research on race relations in the northern border of the Navajo Nation and local concerns about toxic waste in the mineral and manufacturing industries. Prior to working at Kingsborough, Dr. King worked as an applied anthropologist in the preservation of traditional cultural properties, the Native American Graves Protection Act and as an archaeologist in the Southwestern U.S. Beth King received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
Dr. Ryan Chaney
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology) and Soc 32 (Urban Sociology)
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 and representations of musical culture in southern Appalachia.
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology)
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 anthropology courses face-to-face and online. His field is cultural anthropology with interests in migration, negotiation of identity, urban anthropology, anthropology and education.
Teaches ANT 37 (Introduction to Anthropology)
Jill Siegel is a member of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Kingsborough Community College. She joined the department in the fall of 2014 and teaches evening introductory anthropology classes. She has a Masters of Education in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University Teachers College and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Anthropology and Education Program. Her research interests include out-of-school youth, adult literacy, informal learning and popular education.