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Anthropology and Museum Studies

Mark Auslander

Mark Auslander

(2011) Associate Professor and Museum Director

Office: Dean Hall 334
Phone: 963-3209

Interests and Expertise: Sociocultural anthropology, museum anthropology, art and aesthetics, meaning in the material world, symbolic mediation, ritual and performance theory, historical anthropology, race and class, engaged anthropology, slavery studies, contemporary African and Diasporic art. Ethnographic areas: Sub-saharan Africa, Zambia and South Africa; African Diaspora, United States; African American communities; U.S. South   He serves as Director of the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment.

Mark is the author of The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family (University of Georgia Press, 2011), winner of the 2010-12 Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of North America, and the second book prize of the 2012 Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing Award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

He writes a regular blog on his ethnographic, museum, and cultural studies interests, "Cultural Environments."