Samuel Collins a cultural anthropologist interested in information society and globalization, primarily in the United States and Korea. My M.A. and Ph.D. are from American University in Washington, D.C. Before he became a professor at Towson University, he taught at Dongseo University in Pusan, South Korea. During 2006-2007, he spent a Fulbright year at Kookmin University in Seoul.
Matthew Durington (@mdurington) received his B.A. in Humanities specializing in Film, Anthropology, Sociology and African and African American Studies at the University of Texas in 1994. He completed his M.A. in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University in 2003 specializing in urban and visual anthropology. He completed a post-doctorate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa in 2004. Alongside colleague Samuel Gerald Collins he publishedNetworked Anthropology (Routledge) in 2014. He has been designing games for teaching anthropology with student colleagues for four years with a variety of outcomes including Cards Against Anthropology (@anthrocards)
Dr. González-Tennant is archaeologist whose work focuses on the intersection of heritage and new media technologies. He regularly combines approaches from archaeology, ethnography, and history to recover chapters of the past which have been forgotten or erased. His forthcoming book with UPF is titled The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence that explores the history of this once prosperous African American community destroyed in a 1923 race riot. This book explores a project utilizing a combination of archaeology, oral history, geographic information systems (GIS), and virtual technologies. He also has long-term interests in visual culture, digital storytelling, and serious games. His theoretical interests include intersectionality, geospatial analysis, and landscape archaeology. You can learn more about his research at www.gonzaleztennant.net.
Krista Harper is an applied cultural anthropologist who investigates urban mobilizations, environment, food, and social justice, and, most recently, university libraries. She uses ethnographic and participatory visual and digital research methods, with projects in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States. She is the PI (with Jacqueline Urla) of two NSF research and training grants, “Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces” (NSF-OISE #0968575 and IIA-1261172).
Marc Lorenc is a historical archaeologist interested in the intersection of materiality, memory, and meritocracy. His dissertation research is based on the Dr. James Still Historic Office and Homestead in Medford, NJ. Using community-based participatory research and critical race theory, he is partnering with local and descendant community members in a multi-year project, using archaeology as a tool for understanding how meritocracy shapes and influences our engagement with material culture and each other.
Nicholas Mizer (@nickmizer) is a multi-classed anthropologist / folklorist / performance studies scholar. He received his PhD in anthropology from Texas A&M University and currently works as an instructional designer creating game-based online learning experiences. He is the author of Role-playing Games and the Experience of Imagined Worlds, forthcoming from Palgrave. He is an editor at The Geek Anthropologist (@geekanthro).
Past Special Guests
2017: Anastasia Salter
Anastasia Salter is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of Central Florida, USA. She is the author of What is Your Quest? From Adventure Games to Interactive Books (2014), co-author of Flash: Building the Interactive Web (2014), and co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 3. Her website is http://selfloud.net/