Dean of the Faculty

Support for the Faculty's Teaching and Research


Vanessa Fong 
Associate Professor of Anthropology

"The classes I took when I was a student at Amherst College inspired me to pursue an academic career in the hope of continuing the discussions that started in those classes throughout the rest of my life. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue those discussions with new generations of students at Amherst and provide them with the same kind of intellectual engagement and intensive mentoring that were so transformative for me when I was a student.  My research focuses on a cohort of youth born in China between 1979 and  1986. I have engaged since 1997 in a longitudinal project that will follow this cohort and their children throughout the course of their lives. I hope to integrate my research and teaching at Amherst, and incorporate collaborative, interactive, and hands-on activities into my courses whenever possible, giving students hands-on experience in writing research proposals, collecting and analyzing data, preparing presentations, and writing potentially publishable papers."

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