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John Poggie

John Poggie



Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Methodology, Modernization, Maritime Anthropology, Latin America

John Poggie earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of New Brunswick, Canada before coming to URI where he teaches courses on theory, methodology, and several aspects of cultural anthropology.

His field research in several cultural areas of the world has focused on changing human cultural adaptations. Most recently he worked in southeastern Alaska and in 2010 he began a new field project in Puerto Rico in collaboration with Professor Garcia-Quijano of URI. Dr. Poggie served for seven years as editor-in-chief of the journal Human Organization.

News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.

Dr. Hilda Lloreans has joined the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Prior to coming to URI, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Lecturer at Middlebury College. She has also held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Connecticut. For more info click here.

Early Career Faculty Research Award

For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award. Assistant Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!

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