Proletarian Enclaves, Photo Exhibit

Hi all,

Although we remain mostly locked down by the pandemic, a variety of scholarly and academic organizations are hosting virtual conferences this academic year. I’m happy to announce that my photo exhibit — Proletarian Enclaves in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar — was accepted by The Nature of Cities (TNOC) 2021 Festival, and is showing there all this week!

This particular set of images has an interesting backstory. The images included in this exhibit are part of a larger collection that I put together early this summer, thanks to the generous offer of Kevin McGlocklin, the owner of Tacoma’s Bluebeard Coffee Roasters and Cafe. Culling a thematic set of images from my time and work in Qatar, I was able to carry some of the elements from the Bluebeard show to the TNOC exhibit. Here’s the short blurb from the new exhibit, along with several of the included images:

“These images explore the peripheral urban enclaves where much of the foreign workforce dwells in Doha, Qatar. These transnational migrants, most of whom come from South Asia, both build and service the modern city. Although a few stragglers still dwell in the urban core of Doha, most migrant workers now occupy enclaves constructed at the periphery of the city. In the lifeworlds of these men and women, these migrations are, for most, an economic necessity for the households behind them. But these migrations also serve as a right of passage, and comprise a great and difficult adventure that is sometimes rewarding. The cities they inhabit upon arrival, like the one portrayed here, are far from home for millions of migrant men and women who dwell there, and is simultaneously the setting for this social drama.”

Special thanks to Dharmendra and Deependra for their help with several of the sojourns from which these photographs come.


Catching Up with Samantha Lilly (’19)

Hi all.


Sam, here during her visit to Lithuania.

Alumnus Samantha Lilly (’19) received a Watson award — a highly competitive award that allows students to pursue a project central to their intellectual passions for an entire year upon graduation. Moreover, the Watson requires students to do so in four or five different countries around the world. Sam began researching her project on suicidality in SOAN 299: Ethnographic Methods, and then continued exploring that very same theme in an AHSS Summer Research project. That same interest is driving her trek around the world: she’s trying to understand how suicide is framed, conceptualized, and addressed in different cultural settings. And after a few months in the Netherlands, she’s now wrapping up her time in Argentina. I asked her for an update, and here’s the reply I received!

Hello from Buenos Aires, Argentina! This is not my first time writing something for the University of Puget Sound’s Sociology and Anthropology blog. In the summer of 2018, when I Andrew was my research advisor, I had the opportunity to tell you all about the ethnographic study I was conducting concerning the narratives Survivors of Suicide have surrounding their loved one’s death. 


At the World Congress on Mental Health meeting, 2019.

I have since graduated from UPS. Now, I am Thomas J. Watson Fellow! My project, “Understanding Suicidality Across Cultures” aims to, unsurprisingly, understand suicide across cultures from a medical, political, historical, indigenous, religious, spiritual, and socioeconomic perspective. The overall goal of the project is to learn from other cultures.

What do these communities know that we in the States do not? What must I learn or unlearn to better understand the unique situatedness of each culture and the people found within?


At the offices of the Dutch suicide prevention line.

I spent two and a half months in Europe (the end of July to the middle of October), primarily based in the Netherlands, traveling from city to city every day (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, etc.). I spent most of my time interviewing psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, bioethicists, and general practitioners about their impressions of the 2002 Dutch Euthanasia Law. This law, unlike Death with Dignity Laws in the States, also allows people who have a diagnosed psychiatric illness to request to die with the aid of their General Practitioner. Indeed, there are many requirements and criteria that must be met in order for the patient to be approved e.g., unbearable suffering, no viable alternative, amongst other things.


Sam befriended these boys via the urban soccer pitch

Some of these psychiatrists allowed me to speak with their patients who are requesting to die via psychiatric euthanasia – one of my favorite days in Europe was spent in Antwerp, Belgium drinking beer and coffee with Amy, who was approved for psychiatric euthanasia three years ago, but has yet to utilize it. I also spent an abundance of time interviewing suicide prevention networks as well as their national rail operator, ProRail.

I have also been going out of my way to “feel the edges” of my project. I toured the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with an expert on Van Gogh’s suicide and then later traveled to the South of France to retrace Vincent’s steps to understand the ecological and aesthetic deterrents to suicidality.

But, one of the most impactful periods of my fellowship thus far was found Lithuania. I flew to the Baltic Country because it boasts the highest suicide rate in the European Union. (And, also the third highest globally.) There, I gleaned incredible insights into the impact cultural trauma and the transgenerational transmission of trauma from suicidologists and representatives from the United Nations. There are no words for this experience.


At the Boca Juniors game in Buenos Aires

I am now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here, I spend a lot of time with the incredible people working within the Argentinian Ministry on Mental Health. In 2010, the ministry and directorate implemented a mental health care law based in human rights (Ley de salud mental N 26657).  Its end goal? To eliminate psychiatric hospitals across the nation. However, when I am not working within the government, I travel to the remaining psychiatric and general hospitals interviewing patients on their past suicide attempts, their experience with stigma, and the psychiatrists who run the wards. Although it takes a lot of reflection and time to comprehend what I’m learning, one thing is made immediately clear: community based approaches to suicidality are significantly more effective than simply involuntarily committing and medicating patients.

Amongst all of the interviews with professionals, I also spend a lot of time asking locals and friends “why they stay alive?” This is my nice way of asking: “why haven’t you killed yourself?” I transcribe and code each of these interviews and the results are philosophically fascinating! I’ll let you know more when I am more confident in the findings. (-;


Basking in football fandom in Argentina

I will soon head to the Argentine countryside to work on a farm that advertises itself as an alternative to traditional and medical forms of psychotherapy. Then, shortly after Christmas, I fly to New Zealand to learn from the Māori people, whose youth kill themselves at an unfathomable rate in comparison with the rest of the world. After my stint in New Zealand, I fly to Indonesia to delve into the religious and spiritual perspectives concerning suicidality. And, lastly, I will make my way to Nepal, the poorest country in South Asia, to understand how socioeconomic distress amongst indigeneity and religiosity affects the Nepali people in the city of Kathmandu and  those in the Terai plains, in Bhairahawa.

I’m four months into my Watson Year and there is so much I have left unsaid in this blog post. Here are a few highlights beyond what I’ve said above.

  1. I am obsessed with the Turkish food found in the Netherlands. I’d do anything for another kapsalon or Turkish pizza. I also am obsessed with the people there. I miss my Dutch friends daily.
  2. I have learned so much about what it means to “fail up” (another main tenant of the Watson). Plan B should be as good, if not better, than Plan A.
  3. I have the opportunity to play fútbol with the psychiatrists, service users, and psychologists from Hospital Álverez every Friday (I dedicated a lot of my life to the sport). And, it is one of the most beautiful collaborations of passion I have ever experienced.
  4. As a barista, it is beautiful to have a skill that is applicable worldwide. I get to pour my own cappuccino every day, no matter what country I’m in.

If you want to follow along outside of the SOAN Blog – feel free to visit my personal Watson blog at

Dank je wel! Gracias!

Sam (:

Professor Glover’s Summer Trip to China

Professor Glover graciously provided this detailed description of her fascinating summer trip to China. Read on!


With students in Professor Sean Wang’s English interpretation class, FNU

Shortly after submitting grades for spring 2019, I headed to China for nearly a month’s worth of professional exchange and study-abroad preparations. Several years ago a faculty exchange program between Puget Sound and Fujian Normal University (FNU), in Fuzhou, was established. The idea with the program is to promote linkages and synergy between our two universities via faculty visits related to teaching and research projects. In addition to participation in this program, I wanted to get a few things set for my short-term study-abroad program to China next spring (more on that below and in a future post).


I sat in on a medicinal plant chemistry class at Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Fuzhou I gave three lectures during the time I was there. Two of these talks were at Fujian Normal University, in the English interpretation program of the College of Foreign Languages. One talk was on my research on Tibetan medicine, and the other was on teaching my SSi1 117 class (People, Plants, and Animals). I spoke in English while two graduate students took turns interpreting into Mandarin. I must say that their translations were quite impressive. I was asked to share my PowerPoint beforehand, and I know that the students worked hard the days before my talk (looking up terms they were not familiar with, and making notes to themselves for the live translation). But I also know that I spoke spontaneously and entertained questions and the interpreters did a fine job. I speak Mandarin, so I understood what was transpiring. I also have over 20 years of experience in China, and have heard a lot of poor English translations; the accomplished students at FNU are a sign of changing times but also diligent training by the institution.

With the help of FNU, I was able to visit the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I was invited to give a talk about my research on Tibetan Medicine to the teaching faculty, had a round-table with doctor-teachers, attended a class on medicinal plant chemistry, had a private tutorial about medicine preparations, and was given a tour of the teaching medicinal plant garden. I was warmly welcomed, and in fact was so inspired that I altered the itinerary for my short-term study abroad trip next year to include time in Fuzhou so that Puget Sound students can attend classes at the Fujian UTCM, with the help of translation by FNU graduate students.


Engaging in one of many activities with Professor Alice Liqun Lai

While in Fujian I also participated in other activities with students and faculty. One professor that I spent a fair amount of time with was Professor Alice Liqun Lai; she is a faculty member at both FNU and also at Hwa Nan Women’s College (Puget Sound also has an important connection to Hwa Nan, and a Teaching Fellowship at the college for Puget Sound graduates: With Alice, I attended dragon boat races (she asked which I preferred and I chose a festival in a village outside the city, it was great), visited museums (focused on Neolithic hunter-gatherer cultures, tea, and local porcelain technologies), tea shops and restaurants, a music concert at FNU, and a local Buddhist temple. We also hiked together on different days (on a suspended walkway in the city and in the cool hills above the city), and goofed off at an open mic we stumbled upon one day when out exploring. We talked about teaching, about faculty exchange programs,


More of my time with Professor Alice Liqun Lai

about being a female academic, and about parenting. If all goes according to plan, Professor Lai will be visiting Puget Sound at the start of the spring semester, also on the Puget Sound-FNU exchange program. I look forward to sharing my love of our school and the local area with Professor Lai in 2020.

After my time in Fujian, I went to Yunnan Province to secure plans for next year’s short-term study-abroad trip, a new component to my Asian Medical Systems (SOAN 225) class. I will leave information about that trip for another blog entry, and just state here that the focus of the trip will be on immersion into the local cultural and environmental ecologies of Traditional Chinese and Tradition Tibetan medicines in Fujian and Yunnan Provinces. This summer I was able to solidify plans in working with the University


Even more of my activities with Professor Alice Liqun Lai

of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Fuzhou, Yunnan University in Kunming, and the Hospital of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Rgyalthang/Shangrila. Stay tuned for more information about the course and the study abroad component right here on our SOAN blog!


Indonesia Field School Course in Spring/Summer, 2020

Indonesia and Southeast Asia in Cultural Context
(Sociology & Anthropology 312)

The 2020 Southeast Asia field school course is SOAN 312, Indonesia and Southeast Asia in Cultural Context, taught by Professors Gareth Barkin and Sunil Kukreja. The course involves a semester of on-campus study during spring, 2020, and three weeks in Indonesia after the semester ends. It focuses on the anthropology and sociology of Southeast Asia with an emphasis on Indonesian cultural and environmental topics. The course will explore how topics including religion, ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, media, and economic power intersect with tourism in Bali. Students will attend class throughout the spring semester at Puget Sound, and then travel to Udayana University in southern Bali, Indonesia, for a three-week period of intensive, experiential learning, collaboration with Indonesian participants, and independent, visual anthropological research.

For more information, please attend the information meeting on 10/4, check out the website, and/or contact Gareth Barkin.

Junior Karina Cherniske and her Summer Internship

SOAN junior Karina Cherniske spent her summer engaged in an internship with Seattle’s EnviroIssues, thanks in part to SOAN alumnus Candace Goodrich (’09). I asked Karina to tell us a little bit about EnviroIssues, and a bit about her specific duties for her summer internship. Although Karina was en route to her semester abroad in Morocco, she was nonetheless able to pen these thoughtful answers to my questions!

Going into my internship at Enviroissues (EI) this summer, I did not know what to expect. I knew I would be interacting with the public and commuting from Tacoma to the top floor of a building one block away from the iconic Pike’s Place Market, but not too much else. When I arrived, I felt immediately welcomed and supported, and was introduced to the varied and diverse projects that EI employees work on daily.


SOAN Junior and EnviroIssue summer intern Karina Cherniske

EI is a consultant group that does public outreach for projects ranging from energy usage on bainbridge island, light rail and bus line extensions, storm water treatment plants, and many more. Some examples of public outreach are: creating information campaigns, holding community meetings, sending out construction notifications, and attending fairs and festivals. Anything that informs and creates a dialogue with the public regarding projects in their city can be considered public outreach. The scope of projects at EI is wide and varied, which was part of what made the internship so interesting. I was lucky enough to be assigned to the Waterfront team, which is a group of about 9 people working alongside the city of Seattle in the journey of creating a new downtown waterfront.

For the waterfront team I helped plan community open-house and drop-in sessions, gained plenty of experience in data entry, and attended nearly a dozen summer festivals ranging from the Pride festival to the Seattle Arab festival. Staffing these events was the highlight of my time at EI, because I was able to interact and inform Seattleites and tourists alike on the new developments to the waterfront, which was almost always met with overwhelming curiosity and excitement from people of all ages. I engaged in dialogues about what people wanted to see and feel when visiting the waterfront, and reflected at length on  accessibility to the waterfront and the importance of considering all levels of ability when designing and constructing public spaces. I also engaged in conversations around homelessness and gentrification in the city and critically reflected on how the project I was advocating for could be perpetuating this issue.

Working at EI gave me a new lens to see cities through, especially the city of Seattle, because it revealed to me just how much time, energy, collaboration, and resources go into making changes in a cityscape that may seem small or insignificant, like adding a bus route or renovating a pier. It gave me a greater appreciation for all the intricacies of environmentally sustainable development and how important genuine equitable outreach is.

I am looking forward to returning to Seattle in a few years when all the designs have been incorporated to the waterfront, and know that I had some small part in creating what I expect will be a beautiful and vibrant addition to the city. I would recommend this internship for anyone with an interest in public relations, sustainable design, urban planning, or all of the above.

Thanks so much for conveying the scope of your summer work, Karina, and kudos for pulling this together as you dart around the planet. Good luck with your semester in Morocco, and we’ll be in touch later in the semester to hear about that!



Andrew Gardner Featured in Arches Magazine

Hi folks,

The University of Puget Sound alumni magazine, Arches, has published a Q&A article with our very own anthropology professor, Andrew Gardner! In it, he discusses his research on migrants in the Gulf States, his views of the Qatari justice system, and his recent field course, Migration and the Global City, which brought students to both Qatar and Amsterdam.

Check it out:


Alena McIntosh’s AHSS Summer Research Project

Hello again,


Alena McIntosh in her natural environment

As noted in the previous post, students at the University of Puget Sound can compete for funding to support their summer research endeavors. Our department’s students were particularly successful in past years, and again this year we’ve had numerous proposals successfully funded. This is the second of three we intend to showcase here on the blog. In short, the AHSS Summer Research Awards, varying from $3250 to $3750, allow students to pursue an in-depth research project over the summer months. I’ve asked each of this year’s batch of students to tell us a little bit about what they’ll be doing with their time, energy, and grant monies in the coming summer. Here’s what Alena McIntosh had to say about her new project:

This summer I will be conducting research in Kathmandu, Nepal on the urban infrastructure of transnational labor migration. International labor migration has increasingly become a central component of economic stability and growth within Nepal and I am curious to see how out-migration has impacted the built landscape of the city of Kathmandu. We live in an interconnected world unlike any time in human history. Today, transnational labor migration is both a common and essential component for the survival of many people around the world. I am aiming to gain a better understanding of a side of transnational labor migration that is relatively understudied by anthropologists. I am fascinated by how the landscape of the city can be built to reflect social and cultural beliefs and values. I want to uncover the ways in which labor migration has been etched into the built environment of Kathmandu.


The bustling streets of Kathmandu, where the proliferation of migration infrastructure is visible in the sorts of businesses that accumulate in many neighborhoods of the city

I am planning on conducting community level analysis by performing semi-structured interviews, photo ethnography, and engaging in participant observation with residents and business owners in certain areas of Kathmandu that serve as migration hubs within the city. The broad questions that frame this research are as follows: How has internal migration impacted existing communities? How is community reflected and constructed in these new urban spaces? Who is responsible for the development of migration infrastructure and what purposes does this infrastructure serve? How is gender understood within migration infrastructure? How has the experience of return migrants and the influx of international culture shaped the built landscape of Nepal?

The goal of this project is to help add further nuance to the ongoing scholarly debate regarding the impacts of transnational labor migration systems on sending countries. Additionally, I hope to compile an oral history of the neighborhoods of the city most affected and help to document the change that has occurred and is currently occurring within these spaces.

This is a fascinating research agenda, Alena, and we look forward to hearing more from you as the project gets underway. Good luck!


Mariana Sanchez Castillo’s AHSS Summer Research Project

Hi all,

Students at the University of Puget Sound can compete for funding to support their summer research endeavors. Our department’s students were particularly successful in past years, and again this year we’ve had numerous proposals successfully funded. In short, the AHSS Summer Research Awards, varying from $3250 to $3750, allow students to pursue an in-depth research project over the summer months. I’ve asked each of this year’s batch of students to tell us a little bit about what they’ll be doing with their time, energy, and grant monies in the coming summer. Here’s what Mariana Sanchez Castillo had to say about her new project:

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Mariana at the Church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca, Mexico

This past February, American movie-lovers witnessed the award nomination and recognition of the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron for his film “Roma” at the Oscars ceremony. For the first time in the history of the awards, a foreign movie centered around the life of an indigenous woman was nominated for the best picture award. In Mexico, the conversation brought to light the controversial classist and colourist views of the Mexican elite towards indigenous domestic workers as well as their invisibility in modern Mexican life. While rural indigenous communities and traditions have been essential in the creation of the Mexican national identity, when it comes to policy-making their needs are very rarely considered, and they have not been given the agency they deserve to predict their own futures.

In the rise of a global environmental crisis and sociopolitical barriers to indigenous community development, there is a high demand for research that can illuminate how indigenous artisanal practices have developed in relationship to their rural environmental contexts and how those practices might influence national policies to promote the social and environmental prosperity of indigenous communities.

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Mariana during her semester abroad in Jaipur, India

Over the course of the summer, I will be visiting my home country of Mexico and living in Oaxaca City, near three different communities of artesanos. I will be conducting interviews with artisans, their families, and non-profit advocates of Oaxacan folk art production in order to gain a deeper understanding of their perspectives surrounding indigenous folk art and its cultural meaning as well as how environmental degradation could impact the preservation of this art and way of life. My research project will research the relationship between the ecological and cultural dimensions of indigenous craft production through a qualitative study on specific communities of Oaxacan artesanos. ​

Mariana, I think I speak for all of my colleagues when I say that this is really a fascinating project, and we look forward to seeing where your thinking ends up on this after your research. We’ll be in touch later in the summer to obtain an update from you after your project is underway. Good luck!


An Overview of Our Recent Trip to Doha, Qatar

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Our entire group — CONN 397 in Souq Waqif, on our 2019 maiden voyage to Qatar over Spring Break

So it’s an odd juncture in an anthropologist’s life to take students to the field. For most ethnographers, fieldwork and immersion in an unfamiliar culture is a solitary experience. Indeed, Malinowski captured the essence of that trepidation a century ago, when he suggested to readers: “Imagine yourself suddenly set down surrounded by all your gear, alone on a tropical beach close to a native village, while the launch or dinghy which has brought you sails away out of sight.” Anthropologists seek empathetic understanding — to grasp as best we can the insider’s perspective on different ways of being in this world. But the pathway to that goal is oftentimes a solitary one. We are professional strangers, as Michael Agar phrased it long ago. 


Drifting through the back alleys and passageways of the oldest quarters in a very modern city

For the past two decades, I’ve been solitarily exploring the complicated urban spaces of the Arabian Peninsula, focusing first on the transnational migrants who build and service these astonishing modern cities, and then later in my academic trajectory, on the cities, spaces and urban landscapes in which they toil, dwell, and interact with each other, with the native citizens, and with the cosmopolitan diversity of others who pass through these busy urban entrepôts. The city itself fascinates me, and it’s a vantage point that I’ve increasingly sought to share with students. 

Over Spring Break, I took seventeen Puget Sound students to Doha, Qatar. Our field excursion was part of an experiential and investigative sojourn woven into the fabric of a new course entitled Migration and the Global City. In its first iteration this semester, I co-taught this course with professor Robin Jacobson (Politics and Government). The course coalesces my interests in the interface between migrants and urban space, in the archaeology of social relations we can discern and read in the built landscape of the city itself, and in the new and unprecedented ways that diverse peoples fit together in cities outside the ambit of the west. 


Students meeting with Dr. Ali Alshawi, one of Qatar’s leading sociologists

For students, I hoped to cultivate an experience that would de-provincialize their understandings of how people can fit together, to raise their eyes from our American preoccupations and frustrations, and to experientially engage these bright young Americans with the cosmopolitan diversities one encounters in Arabia and in the Indian Ocean World. In helping to forge the global citizens we’ve long sought to develop at Puget Sound, these sorts of cross-cultural explorations can prove to be integral experiences that expand students’ horizons. And along the way, I hoped that students’ perceptions of the Middle East would be reshaped by the peoples they encountered in Doha, as my own perceptions have been via the encounters and lifelong friendships I’ve established there.


A musical procession of Qatari women, revitalizing some of the peninsula’s musical traditions in the contemporary era

I planned students’ experiences in Doha around a series of interrelated excursions and activities which, together, punctuated the ample free time preprogrammed in students’ schedules. That free time was intended to help accommodate the taxes of jet lag, foremost, but it also allowed for students to explore the city as they saw fit. With only a week on the ground, I hoped to turn students into their own guides — to stoke their curiosities, to encourage them to draw on as much intrepidness as they might muster, and to thereby replicate the ethnographic experience in the short window of time available to us. 

A sequence of planned activities put students in several of the numerous museums now blooming like mushrooms in the urban landscape of Doha. In those various museums, students explored how the foreign and the indigenous populations were framed and, sometimes, woven together in the narratives presented by the museums. Students also learned about the complexities of the hierarchies and relations behind these museum exhibits, and considered how the state and the legion of foreign consultants were involved in articulating the stories and narratives they encountered in these public exhibits and displays.  


Puget Sound students drifting through the towering trophy case of skyscrapers that coagulate in Doha’s West Bay

And in small groups, we mimicked the post-war Paris-based Situationists and their engagement with the Parisian urban landscape: together, students ventured off into the alleys and the byzantine winding streets of the oldest neighborhoods of Doha with their camera-phones in hand. There, they sought to encounter the unforeseen, to meet the unexpected, to wander beyond the touristed and quotidian spaces of the city’s front stage. This technique — the dérive, as the Situationists called it, or the urban drift in our translation — yielded all sorts of observational and ethnographic treasures: chickens in the center of the city; rooftop vistas of the setting sun; empty floors of skyscrapers built for forthcoming occupants, the forgotten and eroding modernisms of yesteryear, and more. 


SOAN junior Alena McIntosh talking with a South Asian transnational migrants over lunch

Students also had the opportunity to meet and interview a variety of Qatari citizens and residents, including my close friend, colleague and sociologist Dr. Ali Al Shawi; my friend, former student and Education Officer at the Msheireb Museums Moza Abdulaziz Al Thani; a host of students in Dr. Jocelyn Sage Mitchell’s course at Northwestern University – Qatar; urban planner (and now Oxford graduate student) Yaseen Raad; and my friend and colleague Zahra Babar (CIRS-Georgetown-Qatar). 

But perhaps most unprecedentedly, as a class we grabbed a couple Ubers and ventured out to Asian Town, one of the new satellite enclave-developments configured to house the transnational proletariat at work on the peninsula. There, in the heart of Asian Town, we met a group of workers, shared a lunch, and reached across the many differences that distinguish us — differences that oftentimes preoccupy Americans. In hesitant English, students heard from Bengali, Nepali, and Indian workers who described their lives and their experiences in Qatar, the places they call home in South Asia, and their aspirations for the future. Likewise, these migrants asked many questions of their new American friends, and some remain in contact with the students to this day. 


SOAN students Elly, Dean and Zephy grab an after-lunch selfie with their new Nepali friend Rakesh

In spite of my initial trepidations, in the final accounting I found the experience of bringing students into the field to be a fascinating one. Indeed, guiding students through the world I study in Doha helped me see it anew — I basked in the experience of revisiting these places together, and I grew to value how our conversations jogged my understandings via students’ insightful perspectives and observations. And perhaps much of that had to do with the serendipitous quality of the group we assembled — Puget Sound students are great cultural ambassadors. I felt both happy and fulfilled seeing and (re)exploring Doha together, and proud of each and every one of these seventeen students.

SOAN senior Elly French compiled this brief video that, in my estimation, captures the ethos and camaraderie that we established as a group exploring Doha together. Anyone with further interest in this course or our trip can certainly contact me, or see quite a few more images on Instagram at the hashtags #SOANUPS and #CONN397.


SoAn Senior Lee Nelson Interviewed for Puget Sound Podcast

Hi folks,

If you have a moment, check out this interview of graduating SoAn senior Lee Nelson, conducted by recent SoAn graduate, Elena Becker (’17) for PS: The Puget Sound Podcast.

In it, Lee talks with Elena about what drew him to anthropology and sociology, his experiences in the department, and his time as a participant in the Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program. Worth a listen:



Lee in Mongolia, on PacRim