Faculty for 2016-2017

Deborah Durham

Chair of the Anthropology Department

P | 434-381-6229
E | durham@sbc.edu

Anthropology Department
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595

Claudia Chang

Professor of Anthropology

P | 434-381-6191
E | cchang@sbc.edu
O | Gray Hall | First Floor, 117

B.A., Anthropology | Prescott College, 1974
M.A., Anthropology | Binghamton University, State University of New York, 1977
Ph.D., Anthropology | Binghamton University, State University of New York, 1981

Professor Chang has taught at Sweet Briar College since 1981. Her specialties include ethnoarchaeology, archaeology, Central Asia and the Mediterranean.

Chang is the director of an international field research project on the archaeology of the Iron Age in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in 1994-1995 at the Kazakh State University in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in 2006 at Banasthali Vidyapith University in Rajasthan, India. In 2015-2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University.

In 1994, Chang co-edited “Pastoralists at the Periphery: Herders in a Capitalist World” (University of Arizona Press) with Harold A. Koster. She also has edited volumes on Kazakh prehistory and archaeology, as well as co-edited an exhibition catalog, “Of Gold and Grass: Nomads of Kazakhstan” in 2006 (Foundation for International Arts and Education, Bethesda, Md.). Chang is the author of more than 25 articles in her field.

At Sweet Briar, she teaches courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology.

Deborah Durham

Deborah DurhamProfessor of Anthropology

P | 434-381-6229
E | durham@sbc.edu
O | Gray Hall | Third Floor, 314

B.A., History | Smith College, 1980
M.A., Archaeology | Boston University, 1985
Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology | University of Chicago, 1993

Since the 1980s, Professor Durham has conducted research on cultural identity, liberalism and democracy, and on youth groups and discourses of youth in Botswana, focusing on the Herero community. She has also undertaken fieldwork on retirement, aging and the middle class in western Turkey. Recently, Durham has been studying how anthropologists have theorized adulthood, and returned to Botswana to examine how ideas about becoming an adult have changed over the years.

Durham has received grants from, among others, the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, the American Philosophical Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the American Council of Learned Societies. She spent a year as a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. In 2014-15, Durham received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for Humanities and Sweet Briar College.

Durham is co-editor with Jennifer Cole of two books, “Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy” and “Figuring the Future: Globalization and the Temporalities of Children and Youth.” A third edited book, “Elusive Adulthoods,” co-edited with Jacqueline Solway, will appear in 2017. She has published numerous articles in journals and chapters in edited books and convened conferences on anthropological topics.

Durham has been at Sweet Briar since 1993. She has directed the Honors Program and teaches a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology.

Perry Tourtellotte

Adjunct Instructor of Archaeology

P | 434-381-6191
E | ptourtellotte@sbc.edu
O | Gray Hall | First Floor, 101

B.A., Anthropology | Hartwick College
M.A., Anthropology | Binghamton University, State University of New York

Perry A. Tourtellotte started his career in archaeology in the 1960s, while he was still in high school. The summer before he started college, he had his first paid job as an archaeologist.

Before going to graduate school, he spent five years working on historic and prehistoric archaeological projects in New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Costa Rica.

After graduate school, he excavated an Eskimo village in Barrow, Alaska, over the summer and then worked for five years as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Virginia and a year in Hawaii.

Tourtellotte has worked with his wife, Claudia Chang, on an ethnoarchaeological project in northwestern Greece. He also has spent the past 22 field seasons conducting archaeological surveys and site excavations in Southern Kazakhstan. In 2008, he and Chang received medals from the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education for their contributions to science and the history of Kazakhstan. He has co-authored numerous articles on their research in Kazakhstan and Greece.

Tourtellotte has been teaching the Introduction to Archaeology and Archaeological Field Methods classes since 2009.