Catharina Laporte

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Catharina Laporte PhD.Dept. of Anthropology, 4352 TAMU, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USAOffice: ANTH227 Tel: +1 (979) 458 1428 email:

Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity past and present. I am a cultural anthropologist with a pragmatic theoretical perspective. I am specifically interested in how applied anthropology, and an appreciation for cultural diversity, can provide different perspectives in the classroom, on real-world phenomenon, projects and problems.

I am also passionate about education and keen to share what I have learned. Within these pages (which are a continual 'work in progress') I hope you find useful tips, tricks, documents and information.

I welcome your feedback and input. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!

My CV can be found here

My Teaching Philosophy can be found here

Student Showcase

Where Cultures Intersect

Where Cultures Intersect (Film produced from ANTH370 Interviews) I am particularly proud of this short video filmed by engineering students participating in an innovative new course that explores ethics and diversity based on cross-cultural comparisons. For their final project of the Spring 2016 semester, the students conducted open, ethnographic-style interviews with key people in their respective fields. The purpose of the interviews was so students could learn from their future colleagues’ experiences navigating through on-the-job issues of intercultural diversity and ethical decisions; lessons and experiences that the students will likely face during their careers.

Marysa produced this amazing children's article based on the work of Dr. Sharon Gurky. The remit for this undergraduate writing assignment, one of many in my ANTH415 (Anthropological Writing) class, was to take a scholarly article and rewrite it for a completely different audience. Marysa rewrote and illustrated Dr. Gursky's groundbreaking article on ultra-sonic Tarsier vocalizations; the original article can be found here:

Foley went "down the rabbit hole" creating a Twitter feed for her ANTH403 (Anthropology of Religion) Module Task exploring the 'role' of Zombies in culture.