Fall 2018

Anthropology and Life Stories

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-116


Vanessa L. Fong (Section 01)


How can anthropology help us understand life stories? How can life stories illustrate, challenge, or extend theoretical claims? How can the life stories of anthropologists help us understand their perspectives and research methods? This class will teach students how to answer such questions. We will look at how and why anthropologists have chosen to write about particular experiences, life histories, and narratives of their research participants; how and why they wrote about their own life histories and experiences; and how such choices affected their research methods, approaches, and findings.

Limited to 19 students. Fall semester. Professor Fong.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to anthropology majors and to students who contribute to balance between different graduation years.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Speaking, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020