faculty

Isabel Rodrigues, PhD

Professor

Sociology / Anthropology

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Liberal Arts 392B

Education

Brown UniversityPhD

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

A survey of the fundamental principles of sociology and the basic factors conditioning social behavior.

An introduction to the basic concepts of social and cultural anthropology. Readings emphasize the comparative study of societies at different levels of socio-cultural integration and from different areas of the world. This may include a brief introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology.

What is an ideal society like? Explores from an anthropological perspective different political systems in an attempt to answer the following questions: 1) Are there just societies? 2) Why search for Utopia and what is the significance of utopian thinking?) Where is the focus of political power and how does it change? 4) How do state societies evolve? 5) What is a nation?

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Investigation of special areas in Sustainable Studies. May be repeated with change of content.

A look at ancient and modern food production and its environmental impact. Diet and nutrition; population pressure and hunger; the politics of food; and, modern food processing and its implications are all subjects of study.

A survey of various social problems in the contemporary world. Special emphasis is placed upon analysis of social problems in American society.
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An introduction to the basic concepts of social and cultural anthropology. Readings emphasize the comparative study of societies at different levels of socio-cultural integration and from different areas of the world. This may include a brief introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology.
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Isabel P. B. Fêo Rodrigues received a Ph.D in Anthropology from Brown University and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research and publications primarily engage ethnohistorical processes of cultural and linguistic change, gendering and racialization, colonialism and creolization. Geographically her work engages the Lusophone Afro-Atlantic in a comparative perspective. She has conducted archival and ethnographic research in the United States, Cape Verde, Portugal, and Brazil. She is also engaged in applied research in the fields of sociolinguistics, medical anthropology, and migration for both non-profit and government organizations. 

Professor Rodrigues has designed several courses that cross-list with Women and Gender Studies and the Doctoral program in Luso-Afro-Brasilian Studies and Theory including: Women and Sexualities Across Cultures; Empire & Colonialism in the Portuguese Afro-Atlantic; The Ideal Society & the State.