Laurian Bowles


Ph.D., M.A. Temple University
M.A., SOAS, University of London
B.A., Pennsylvania State University


I am a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research interests include ethnographic photography, Africa and the Diaspora, the anthropology of gender, African urbanization and transnationalism. Whether in my dissertation on rural to urban migration or subsequent projects on representation and power, I am always interested in the mobility and migration of women in Africa and the diaspora. My primary research methodology focuses on collaborative and ethnographic photography grounded in feminist theoretical frameworks and I teach a range of courses in cultural and visual anthropology as well as Africana Studies.


AFR 301 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Zora Neale Hurston
ANT 101 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
ANT 205 Ethnic Relations
ANT 234 Anthropology of Contemporary Africa
ANT 257 African Roots, American Soils
ANT 343 Feminist Anthropology
ANT 351 Anthropology of the Senses
ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing
ANT 373 Decolonizing Anthropology Theory