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Department of Social Anthropology


 Maudslay Hall


The Department is particularly proud to host a significant research collection in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, which serves both as a teaching resource, and as a means of engaging a range of stakeholders with our work. Several of the Museum's curators also teach in the Department:

Dr Anita Herle
Anita Herle (BA, M.Phil, PhD, FRAI) is Senior Curator for World Anthropology, with particular responsibility for the Pacific and the Americas.  She has regional interests in Torres Strait, Vanuatu, Fiji and Canada. Her research topics include museum anthropology, the early history of British anthropology, art and aesthetics, and visual histories.  She coordinates the MPhil in Social Anthropology and Museums and teaches in museology, the anthropology of art and visual media.

Dr Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott (MA, PhD, FRAI) is curator with responsibility for the Asian, European and African ethnography collections. He has carried out ethnographic research in India, and his research interests cover South and Southeast Asia, focusing on historical anthropology and collections history as well as the development of museum collections and museum practice.