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Laurian BowlesLaurian Bowles.

PhD, Temple University, 2011
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies

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Areas of Specialization

Ethnographic and Indigenous Photography, Gender and Transnational Feminism, Urbanization in Africa, Phenomenology and Anthropology of the Senses


  • Anth 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 201 World Culture Regions (sub-Saharan Africa)
  • ANTH 419 Anthropological Theory
  • ANTH 475 Visual Anthropology
  • ANTH 489 Anthropology of Globalization


  • 2011 The Value of the Visual: Collaborative Fieldwork and Feminist Ethnography with African Market Women. LOVA: Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology Conference. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • 2009 Imaging Migrant Women and the Embodied Market: Accra, Ghana. Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Images. Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 313-336.
  • 2008 “Conducting Research Abroad for Foreign Students” Studying Abroad in the Republic of Ghana: Opportunities and Challenges. The Aya Institution for Intercultural Awareness and Development. Accra, Ghana. April 17-20.
  • 2006 “Urban Griottes and the Politics of Place: Hip Hop in Accra, Ghana”. Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association meeting. Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2005 Panel Organizer. "Unbound Identities, Imagined Possibilities and the Global Realities of Hip Hop." American Anthropological Association meeting. Washington, DC. Nov 17-21.
  • 2005 “Oh Chale, listen: Do y’all like it? A Phenomenological Future for Ghanaian Hip-Hop”. American Anthropological Association meeting. Washington, DC. Nov. 17-21.
  • 1999 A Brief Discussion about the Migration of African Americans from United States to Canada from 1782-1850. Ronald McNair Research Journal, 6.

Organizational Memberships/Affiliations

American Anthropological Association; Association of Black Anthropologists; Association of Feminist Anthropology; Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology; Society for Visual Anthropology.

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Proefssor Bowles joined the Department in 2009.