Anthropology

Megan McCullen

Title

Visiting Instructor

Discipline

Anthropology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Michigan State University (2015)
  • M.A., Anthropology, Michigan State University (2007)
  • A.B., Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1999)

I am...

…an anthropologist who divides her time between the lab, the classroom, the field and the office. I am interested in history, cultures, and how physical and cultural places impact the development of their communities.  My primary research as an ethnohistorian focuses on Native American communities of the Great Lakes during the 17th century, but to understand that past we also need to know where we stand, and where the descendants of those 17th century communities stand. So I am always exploring the local history and culture of Alma, along with modern Great Lakes native communities, to better understand those of the past.  Ethnohistory requires me to be an archaeologist, an historian and a cultural anthropologist all at once, which is why I enjoy it so much.

Rank

Visiting Instructor

My career at Alma began in

2010

Signature course(s):

Indigenous Cultures

Other recent accomplishments:

Some Independent Studies and Research Projects I’ve supervised recently:

  • Senior Thesis: Environmental Impacts on Social Behavior in Captive Black-headed Spider Monkeys and its Implications (C. Bennett 2015)
  • Senior Thesis: Indigenous Agency in Museums (L. Walker 2013)
  • Currie Scholars Project: The Legacy of Ronald O. Kapp and the Archaeological Potential of the Alma College Ecological Station (A. Foltz 2014)
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Archival Curation of Historical Documents that survived the Alma Opera House Fire

 

Honors Day Presentations I have Sponsored:

  • Environmental Impacts on Social Behavior in Captive Black-headed Spider Monkeys and its Implications (C. Bennett 2015) - Winner, Kapp Prize for Social Science Research
  • The Legacy of Ronald O. Kapp and the Archaeological Potential of the Alma College Ecological Station (A. Foltz 2015)
  • Freemasonry’s Impact on Alma: A Study and Restoration of Alma’s Opera House Materials (H. Schriber 2014)
  • Indigenous Agency in Museums (L. Walker 2013)

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