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Department of Anthropology
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Fax: 610-526-5655


Richard Davis

Richard Davis, Professor

Ph.D., Columbia University

Phone: 610-526-5029
Office: Dalton Hall, Room 306

Davis is a prehistoric archaeologist who has conducted field work in several Asian locations with particular focus on northern Afghanistan, southern Tajikistan, eastern Turkey, and central Siberia. Since 1995, he has had an excavation program in the eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska, which is oriented toward the investigation of the origin and development of maritime cultures in this area. His basic research interests center on the study of human adaptations to the changing environments of the Pleistocene and Holocene, and also on the development of technology in its social context. His teaching interests have grown out of his research activities, and he regularly offers courses in North American Archaeology, Human Ecology, Traditional Technology, and Method and Theory in Archaeology.



Philip Kilbride, Professor


Philip Kilbride has conducted research projects in East Africa where his field research has primarily focused on family studies, childhood, and social change. Most recently his research and teaching include the Irish Diaspora, especially the Irish living in Kenya. Whenever feasible, students have accompanied Professor Kilbride into the field in Kenya to investigate such subjects as child behavior and nutrition, the impact of formal education on indigenous values, and the plight of street children in urban environments.

Melissa Pashigian

Melissa Pashigian, Associate Professor and Department Chair

Phone: 610-526-5002
Office: Dalton Hall, Room 208
Office Hours: M 1:00-2:00; T 12:00-2:00 or by appointment
Ph.D., UCLA; MPH, Harvard

Melissa Pashigian is a cultural and medical anthropologist. She has conducted research on the social politics of infertility in Vietnam and the intersection of reproductive health policy, reproductive experience and treatment seeking surrounding infertility and involuntary childlessness. She is currently working on a study of the globalization of assisted reproductive technologies in Vietnam, France and Southeast Asia. Her other research interests include the relationship of race, ethnicity and identity in the use of donor gametes, cross-cultural experiences of healing, the dynamics of global flows of pharmaceuticals, medical knowledge and technology and the use of public space in shaping subjectivities among marginalized populations. Her course offerings include medical anthropology, anthropology of reproduction, anthropology of Southeast Asia, introduction to cultural anthropology, and senior conference.

 Amanda Weidman

Amanda Weidman, Associate Professor

Phone: 610-526-5033
Office: Dalton Hall, Room 212B
Office Hours: W 12:00-2:00; TH 2:30-3:30 or by appointment
Ph.D., Columbia University; M.A., University of Washington

Amanda Weidman is a cultural anthropologist with an area specialization in South Asia. Her previous research in South India examined the creation of South Indian classical music as a high cultural genre in the context of late colonialism, Indian nationalism, and regional politics in South India. This project combined ethnographic research, examination of archival sources, and her own study and performance of South Indian classical music. Her current research focuses on the people who create the music for South Indian popular cinema: playback singers, music directors, and studio musicians. She examines the social organization of the studios and discourses about voice and sound that emerge in recording sessions, relating these to broader politics and cultural movements. In addition to the introductory cultural anthropology course and senior conference, she teaches South Asian Ethnography, Language in the Social Context, and Cultures of Technology: Aesthetics, Senses, and the Body. In coming years she is looking forward to teaching courses in ethnomusicology, the anthropology of performance, and postcolonial theory.

photoMaja Šešelj, Assistant Professor

Phone: 610-526-5032
Office: Dalton Hall, Room 310
Office Hours: W 1:00-2:30; TH 11:30-1:00 or by appointment
Ph.D., New York University

Maja Seselj is a biological anthropologist whose primary research interest is the evolution of the modern human pattern of growth and development. To that end, she has investigated the relationship between dental development and skeletal growth in a variety of archaeological and known-age human skeletal collections from across the world, as well as the relationship between sexual maturation and bone growth in a longitudinal study setting in the US. She has also participated in paleontological and archaeological field work in Croatia, Tanzania and France. Her broader interests include paleoanthropology, functional anatomy, human and primate biology, and Paleolithic archaeology. In addition to the introductory course in biological anthropology and prehistoric archaeology, her course offerings include forensic anthropology, human evolution, and human growth and development, and she is looking forward to teaching courses in human and primate biology and behavior, and the senior conference seminar.