Teaching Tools is dedicated to the intersections between pedagogy, ethnography, and anthropology. The section is a growing resource for instructors, teaching assistants, and students, with everything from discussion guides and in-class activities to critically minded reflections on the practice, politics, and poetics of teaching anthropology, whether inside the academy or in alternative settings.

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Teaching about Rape in Troubled Times

Teaching about Rape in Troubled Times

In the fall of 2016, we taught an introductory undergraduate anthropology course titled “Culture, Gender, and Violence” at the University of Virginia (UVA). Ric... More

Pedagogical Soundings: Hunter-Gatherer Studies

Pedagogical Soundings: Hunter-Gatherer Studies

This installment of Pedagogical Soundings is a collaboration between the AnthroPod and Teaching Tools sections of the Cultural Anthropology website. It suppleme... More

Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Part Two

Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Part Two

My previous post introduced “Envisioning Theory,” a teaching experiment in which students produced visualizations of scholarly texts. My co-teacher and I pursue... More

Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Part One

Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Part One

The idea for a learning and teaching experiment in envisioning theory came to me when I began to select texts for a theory seminar on the anthropology of the bo... More

Teaching Race with Lisa Anderson-Levy: Intersectionality, Paradigm Shifts, and the Ubiquity of Whiteness

Teaching Race with Lisa Anderson-Levy: Intersectionality, Paradigm Shifts, and the Ubiquity of Whiteness

The word race doesn’t even matter. What we’re talking about are the relationships of power. So if that’s what we’re talking about, okay, so use culture or use e... More

Pedagogical Soundings: Feminist Anthropology

Pedagogical Soundings: Feminist Anthropology

This installment of Pedagogical Soundings is a collaboration between the AnthroPod and Teaching Tools sections of the Cultural Anthropology website. It suppleme... More

Teaching as Activism: The Educational Intervention Project as a Tool of Transformation

Teaching as Activism: The Educational Intervention Project as a Tool of Transformation

“You can either talk about it as having a kind of toolbox or also talk about it as having a kind of toybox,” Fred Moten has said of the concepts in his coauthor... More

Teaching (through) Disability and Difference

Teaching (through) Disability and Difference

I first realized that I didn’t know how to approach learning disabilities in the classroom when one of my students asked me to send her the written text of my l... More

Teaching Tools in Troubled Times

Teaching Tools in Troubled Times

The year 2018 promises to bring turbulent times to higher education. Just over a year after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, we find ourselves reflec... More

Teaching Podcasts in the Anthropology Classroom

Teaching Podcasts in the Anthropology Classroom

In a recent episode of AnthroPod, I interviewed Angela Jenks, Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of California, Irvine and former Scholar-in-Residen... More