1st Edition

Applying Anthropology to General Education
Reshaping Colleges and Universities for the 21st Century

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after March 24, 2022
ISBN 9780367642143
March 24, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $160.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This volume uses an anthropological approach to contemplate ways of reimagining general education for the 21st century and how we might truly transform the educational endeavor to be holistic, comprehensive, and aligned with the needs of people and the planet in the decades to come. The current higher education policy and practice landscape is one simultaneously marked by uncertainty and hope, and nowhere are these tensions more present than in discussions and actions around general education. The book includes analyses of general education concepts such as ‘diversity,’ case studies of general education from the US and broader curricula from around the world, opportunities for faculty development, unique general education student populations, assessment strategies, and philosophical/pedagogical challenges. It makes the case that far from receding from a central role in higher education, there is a need to strengthen general education curricula as key to the educational needs of students, for the skills and competencies they require in the workplace and for civic engagement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Applying Anthropology to General Education: Reshaping Education for the 21st Century Jennifer R. Wies and Hillary J. Haldane

1 Racial Sociocultural Awareness Through Conceptualizing Arrivantcy in the Classroom

April Petillo

2 Teaching General Education: Anthropology for Undergraduate Students and Future Publics

Hillary J. Haldane, Jaime M. Ullinger, and Julia I. Giblin

3 Critical Pedagogies of Hope: Teaching an ‘Anthropological Imagination’ in an Era of Unfolding Crises

Adam Kaul

4 So You Want to Teach About Race and Inequity: Towards Anti-Racist Anthropology in General Education

Michelle Lelièvre and Chardé Reid

5 Reshaping General Education as the Practice of Freedom

Angela Jenks

6 From Freire to Foucault: Designing a Critical Prison Pedagogy

Jason Bartholomew Scott

7 Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and the Role of Anthropology in Institutional Culture Change in General Education Curricula

M. Gabriela Torres

8 The Diversity Slot: The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn in Community Colleges

Nina Brown

9 Applying Anthropology in the Classroom: Communities of Practice and Activity-Based Learning in a General Education Course for First-Year Students

William Loker and Thia Wolf

10 Multimodal Ethnography as Pedagogy: Developing Interculturality in General Education

Aziz Fatnassi

11 Cultivating Change in the Curriculum Through International Faculty Development

Gloria Delany-Barmann and Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

12 Laying the Groundwork for General Education: Insights from an Independent Secondary School Melissa A. Beske

View More



Jennifer R. Wies is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Provost at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research focuses on violence interventions and response systems in the United States, opioid misuse treatment programs, and evaluating transformative practices for learning.

Hillary J. Haldane is Professor of Anthropology and Director of General Education at Quinnipiac University. Her research focuses on the expertise of frontline workers in Aotearoa and Australia.