George Bey is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Millsaps and also serves as the Associate Dean of Sciences. He teaches a broad range of archaeology and anthropology courses, from the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt to American Popular Culture. His area of research interest is Mesoamerican Archaeology, the analysis of prehistoric pottery and the evolution of complex societies, such as the Maya and Toltecs.
Since 1984 he has directed field projects in the Yucatan, first at the Maya site of Ek Balam and since 2000 at the site of Kiuic. Kiuic sits amidst a 4000 acre biocultural reserve created with the support of Millsaps College, offering students unique opportunities to study Maya archaeology, as well as the flora and fauna of the tropical forests of Yucatan. Learn more about Dr. Bey's research and publications by checking out his curriculum vitae and if you have any questions email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ming Tsui (Ph.D. 1992, State University of New York at Stony Brook) is an associate professor of sociology and the chairperson of the Sociology/Anthropology Department. Her research focuses on marriage and the family, gender, education, and employment in China. Her works have been published in the Journal of Marriage and the Family, Gender & Society, Sociological Spectrum, and Asian Thoughts and Society. Some of her recent course offerings are: Introduction to Sociology, Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory, Class, Gender and Race, Social Linguistics, Sociology of Marriage and the Family, Asians in America, Chinese Culture and Society, Sociology of the Global Economy, and Introduction to Women's Studies.
Dr. Tsui describes her current research projects:
"At this time, I have two research projects: one is a comparative study of the mathematics achievements of the Chinese and American 8th graders. Based on data from the National Education Longitudinal Study: 1988-94 and data from my own 1999 Survey of the 8th graders in Wuhan, China, I will explore the relationship among students' mathematical performance, their family income, and the educational expectations of their parents in these two countries.
"The second project is about girls in mathematics and science. In my previous research, I have found that among the children of the one-child generation in Chinese cities, there is no gender difference in mathematical performance among 5th and 8th graders. For this project, I want to see if the only girls continue to perform equally well as their male counterparts at college entrance examinations."
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Michael Galaty received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. His interests include the archaeology of Europe, the Balkans in particular, regional analysis, and ceramic studies. His dissertation research - which addressed ceramic manufacture and consumption in the Mycenaean state of Pylos - was conducted in Greece with the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project and was published as Nestor's Wine Cups (British Archaeological Reports #766, 1999). In 2000, Galaty edited Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces (UCLA), a volume of papers regarding the organization and evolution of Mycenaean state systems.
In 2004, Galaty edited Archaeology Under Dictatorship (Springer), a volume of papers on the practice of archaeology under various modern totalitarian Mediterranean governments. Currently, he directs the Shala Valley Project, an international, interdisciplinary effort aimed at surveying a high-altitude, northern Albanian valley. From 1998-2003 he helped direct The Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project in central Albania. There, an international team of archaeologists surveyed the hinterland of a Greek colony, Apollonia, which was founded in the territory of the Illyrians in 588 BC. Galaty also directed archaeological investigations at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, a circa 1000-acre property located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Excavations of a 19th-century home and Archaic Indian camp were conducted at the multi-component "Mountain View" site. Mike is also producing a documentary film on the travels of Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books) in northern Albania in the 1920s.
Julian Murchison, a native Louisianan, came to Millsaps following graduate work at the University of Michigan and nearly two full years of ethnographic research in southern Tanzania. As a cultural anthropologist, Julian specializes in the study of religion, healing, and African cultures. His primary research concerns the interrelationships between traditional healing, biomedicine, and Christianity in Tanzania. Julian has offered a number of different courses in the department, including Religion, Society, and Culture, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Food and Eating, and Crosscultural Human Sexuality. In a moment of linguistic confusion, Julian named his dog "Cat." Cat is often the subject of class lectures and discussions. If you want to find out more about Julian's research, classes he teaches, or the department in general, feel free to email him at email@example.com.
"My general research interests concern the intersections of religion and healing in East Africa. From a theoretical perspective, I am most interested in how illness experiences constitute particularly dense points of cultural production and how these experiences reflect and shape other culturally salient experiences.
"My primary research site is a town in southern Tanzania that has grown in the last hundred years in tandem with a Roman Catholic mission station founded by Benedictine missionaries. The Roman Catholic institutions in the town and the surrounding area are powerful social, cultural, and economic forces. The mission hospital in Peramiho is perhaps the most well-staffed and well-equipped hospital in the southern half of the country and consequently is one of these influential institutions. In spite of the hospital's influence, however, a large number of traditional healers also operate in the surrounding area.
"Doing research both at the hospital and with traditional healers and their patients, I have been able to collect and analyze numerous experiences and perspectives on illness and treatment. This research has allowed me to explore the classification of illnesses into categories of human and Godly illnesses; the significance of powerful symbols like the x-ray and divination tools; local senses of place; and a variety of other important topics. I have recently been writing a lot about the way that HIV/AIDS fits into and affects these other dimensions of health and illness in the region. For an example, see my chapter in the new book Borders and Healers from Indiana University Press.
"Building on these research experiences, I have also developed a new research interest in the negotation of tradition and modernity in an urban law firm in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I have presented a couple of conference papers on this topic, and I have found the opportunity to pursue similar theoretical issues in a different ethnographic setting very exciting and fruitful."