Immersion at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University has recently launched Immersion Vanderbilt, providing students with experiential learning opportunities to immerse themselves in a passion project. Anthropological bioarchaeology and forensics are well suited to this kind of hands-on engagement, and my labwork and fieldwork, both on Vanderbilt campus and in Peru, will give students a unique opportunity to participate in research and travel, while also creating meaningful moments and lasting works for themselves and for others. The Immersion opportunities that I offer easily align with two of the four Immersion Pathways: Research or International.  Students interested in the Civic and Professional pathway may develop a course plan or fieldwork opportunity with me that dovetails with my developing work on forensics, international human rights, and ministries of justice (e.g., forensic work aimed at identifying victims of genocide and war). Other students may want to combine the forensic investigations of genocide with an analysis of how cinema and film narrates stories of human atrocities by collaborating with me and my colleague in Communication Studies. One of the goals of Immersion Vanderbilt is to aid students in identifying meaningful and impactful paths of inquiry and experience. Immersion experiences in anthropology and bioarchaeology might involve a Maymester, or perhaps a course in Human Osteology (Anth 3372) followed by a field or lab season in Peru, and a final project that involves a presentation at a professional academic conference, a public presentation in local schools, a Senior Honors Thesis, and/or a panel and film screening, among other options.