I am dedicated to creating learning experiences that are accessible, welcoming and empowering. Whether teaching in universities or community centers,  to a classroom of adults or children, I value the exchange of knowledge that dialogue creates. My teaching centers on connecting themes of foodways as memory and power, the racialized and social politics of health, and the lasting impact of colonialism to the lived experiences of students.

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Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Food and the Body – ANTH 3890 Final Class Project

Fall 2019

Food in the Ancient World – ANTH 2227

Dr. Anna Guengerich

Prof. Keitlyn Alcantara (Email: keitlyn.alcantara@vanderbilt.edu)

Never in human history have so many foods been available to so many, for so cheap. And yet for much of the world, our relationship with appears to be increasingly problematic. For many people, one solution for addressing these problems in the future is to look to the past for answers. Have we learned anything over 200,000 years of eating as human beings? What have we forgotten? This course uses archaeological and historical perspectives to understand major changes—as well as continuities—in the human experience of eating from our hominid beginnings until the major changes of the 19th-20th centuries. We will examine how food shapes our relationship with our bodies, with the natural environment, and with each other, through a framework of three major questions: Were foodways of the past better for our health? Were they better for the planet? And were the plagued by the same kinds of inequalities seen in the present?

Fall 2017

Human Osteology – ANTH 3372

Human osteology, the study of human bones, is applicable in a variety of contexts, including medical, forensic, biological and bioarchaeological settings. In this course we will take an anthropological approach, focusing on the human skeleton not only as a reflection of an individual’s life history, but also as a site of social meaning in life and after death. Throughout the semester, you will learn to identify the 206 bones and 32 teeth of the human body, and learn the standard methods for the estimation of sex, age, and stature. In addition to mastering osteological methods, the readings for each week will challenge you to think about the different contexts in which osteology is applied, and the types of questions that can be asked through skeletal analysis.

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