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Alumna Chelsi West Returns to Teach Summer Course


Chelsi West ('08) will find herself on the other side of the student-teacher interaction when she returns to Millsaps this summer. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin in social-cultural anthropology, Chelsi will teach Introduction to Anthropology during the first summer session.

Chelsi sees this opportunity as an extension of her continuing engagements with the department at her alma mater. "I try to meet up with my Millsaps professors as often as I can when I'm home on breaks," says Chelsi. "The guidance and advising that they provided during my time at Millsaps has proven invaluable during grad school."

Talking about her own experiences as a student at Millsaps and her plans for the class, Chelsi offers the following thoughts: "I must say that I honestly cannot believe that I'll be on the other side of the classroom at Millsaps. Though I participated in the Ford Fellow teaching program as an undergrad, instructing my own course is a dream come true. I'm very excited about the course and I am currently planning the syllabus right now. I hope to include opportunities for students to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Though the course is shorter and more intensive, I hope that students will walk away with a greater sense of what social-cultural anthropology is, and how we can employ an anthropological lens in our everyday life."

In addition to serving as a Ford Fellow with Dr. Galaty, Chelsi graduated with honors in anthropology after completing a thesis comparing Tanzanian and Albanian hip-hop. After graduating from Millsaps, she won a Fulbright to return to Albania before beginning graduate school at UT-Austin. We're proud to have this distinguished alumna back to teach in the department this summer.