Dr. Catherine (“Katie”) Hoegeman is a coauthor on a recently published work, “Congregational Political Activity and Same-Sex Marriage: Social Movement Theory and Evidence for Contextual Influence” in the journal The Sociological Quarterly (Vol. 55, 2014, 555-586). Using a unique, national data set collected just after the 2008 presidential election, they explore how the organizational environment influences church congregations’ political activity related to gay marriage. This research has important implications for the role of groups and organizations in forming actions and behaviors of individuals in the community. Their findings suggest that role of churches in the development of support for such ballot initiatives is very complex and involves multiple dimensions of social life, specifically the broader organizational context, that are not very well researched in social movement theory.
Many of the sociology and anthropology faculty have been working on research projects this summer. One of Lisa Hall’s projects involves re-interviewing women 18 years after their initial interview. Dr. Hall says, “Nearly eighteen years ago, twenty women were interviewed, in-depth, about their experiences dealing with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The resulting data comprise what the social science literature calls “illness narratives”. This current project proposes (1) to conduct follow-up interviews in order to discover whether these women think breast cancer has had long-term physical, mental, emotional and social effects, and (2) to give women the opportunity to listen to their interview from 1996 and saliently respond. This research design makes it possible to address the variety of debates, within the social science literature, about the purpose, reliability, authenticity, and construction of “narratives”.
This research is cutting edge in design and will allow us to examine how people deal with breast cancer over their life course as well as broader, theoretical issues related to the social psychology of health and illness. Please contact Dr. Hall (look for the “Faculty and Staff” link on the main website) if you want learn more about here project.
Anthropology professor Dr. William Meadows received an award from the Missouri State University Foundation for Exemplary Service, particularly for Native American Heritage Month and the annual campus powwow
Congratulations to 25 students who will be receiving their bachelor’s in anthropology in the spring commencement Friday.
The annual Anthropology Stickball Game and Ethnic Feast will take place Saturday, April 26, from 2:00-6:00 pm. For more information and a map, please see
The annual Student Anthropology Conference will take place Thursday, April 24, from 3:30-4:45 pm and Friday, April 25, from 2:00-3:15 and again from 3:30-5:00 pm in Strong Hall room 205. Come out and support your classmates and friends! The program is posted on the conference web page at
Anthropology is offering three courses online this summer — ANT 100 World Cultures and ANT 125 Human Ancestry are general education courses and ANT 226 is required for the major.
Learn how to throw spears with a Native American atlatl, Wednesday April 23, 4:30-6:00 pm in the field beside Strong Hall. Sponsored by the Anthropology Club.
Anthropology Club will present a Home School Enrichment Program on AgriCULTURES this Saturday, April 5. The Club has been conducting similar programs every semester for at least the past three years now.
There is a long-established Facebook page for anthropology alumni. We have now added a page for current students and friends of the program. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/missouristateanthropology