Faculty Dr. Christa Salamandra
Christa Salamandra, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, is a specialist in Syrian media and has done extensive work on mediated, visual and popular culture in the Arab Middle East. She has served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, the University of Oxford, Visiting Fulbright Professor at the Lebanese American University, Beirut, and Visiting Professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden. She is the author of A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria (Indiana University Press, 2004) and numerous articles on Arab media and culture. Her forthcoming book, entitled Waiting for Light: Syrian Television Creators in the Satellite Era examines the cultural politics of serial drama production for a pan-Arab market.
Student Katia Ventura
Katia Ventura [Anthropology BS Spring 2014] will study Osteopathic Medicine in Fall 2015 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Osteopathic Medicine trains physicians to practice the entire scope of modern medicine, including alternative techniques. As Katia states, “The study of anthropology taught me how social interactions can impact human health, as much as biology and chemistry classes taught me about the cellular and chemical reactions that affect us all.” Katia’s goal is to become a well-rounded osteopathic physician who is passionate about serving others.