Dr Rebecca ForgashAnthropology
CAMPUS BOX 028
Personal Biography Statement
I am a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research focuses on international dating and marriage between U.S. military personnel and local women and men in Okinawa, Japan. I involve students in my research and am always on the lookout for motivated individuals who are interested in obtaining research experience related to anthropology and Japan. More generally, my interests include gender, intimacy, and the family; national identity and globalization; the ethnography of communication, discourse analysis, and cross-cultural communication. At Metro, I teach a variety of cultural and linguistic anthropology courses, including courses on Japanese culture and society. I also run Metro's Japan Study Abroad program, scheduled next for summer 2014. Consider joining us for three intense and educational weeks in Japan!
Ph.D., 2004, University of Arizona, Anthropology.
Forgash, R. (2011). Touring Tohoku, Serving the Nation: Volunteer Tourism in Post-Disaster Japan. The Applied Anthropologist 31(1).
Co-Director, Metro State Ethnography Lab, MSU Denver.
Education can and should be a transformative experience. In the classroom, Anthropology’s focus on studying human ideas and behavior across diverse social and historical contexts challenges students to confront what they think is “normal.” Ultimately, the goal is for students to recognize that their own view of the world is just one of many well-organized, equally sophisticated approaches to life. I believe that teaching and learning are most successful in classrooms characterized by mutual respect and curiosity, in which persons from different backgrounds and life experiences feel they can safely share their ideas, opinions, and questions with one another. As an instructor, I employ a variety of pedagogical techniques and assessment methods, including carefully planned and well-organized lectures, films and other audio-visual presentations, individual research projects and presentations, group projects, and plenty of discussion. Additionally, I create opportunities in my classes for students to gain first-hand experience with anthropological data-gathering methods, such as participant-observation, ethnographic interviewing, recording of spontaneous interaction, creating transcripts, and discourse analysis.
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