Sara Withers

Phone: (603) 862-1842
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Brandeis University in 2009.   My research was in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I was interested in a growing urban middle class—more specifically in the intersection of gendered ideals and ideas about work.  In Oaxaca, I focused on the ways in which female teachers negotiated their personal identities as professional women with idealized notions of motherhood in both Oaxaca and Mexico.  Since my research in Oaxaca, I have shifted my interests more locally—particularly to the lives and experiences of refugees in NH.  I was Project Manager for the film Uprooted: Heartache and Hope in NH (2010), produced by the Center for Humanities at UNH, and since then, I have been a Humanities-to-go Presenter for NH Humanities Council, acting as discussant and facilitator for the film.  In addition, I was the Humanities Expert for the World Council of NH’s film, Refugees of Shangri-La, about Bhutanese refugees in NH and the US (2013-2014). My next research project is a follow up film to Uprooted, as I continue to work to share the stories of NH’s refugees.  I teach a variety of classes including: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America, Medical Anthropology, and Applied Anthropology.  I am constantly honing my teaching practices, which focus on open pedagogy and engaged learning strategies, and am excited to be a University of New Hampshire Open Educational Resource (OER) Ambassador for 2016-2017.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Brandeis University
  • B.A., Women's Studies, Brandeis University
  • B.A., Anthropology, Brandeis University
  • B.A., Anthropology, Bowdoin College

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Latin America
  • Sociocultural anthropology: gender
  • Sociocultural anthropology: refugees/immigrants
  • Sociocultural anthropology: the body
  • United States

Courses Taught

  • 411: Global Perspectives:Intro Anth
  • 500: Peoples&Cultures/Latin America
  • 511: Core Concepts in Anthropology
  • 612: Applied Anthropology
  • 702: Research Interrupted
  • ANTH 411: Global Perspectives:Intro Anth
  • ANTH 440A: Honors/Medicine & Culture
  • ANTH 500: Peoples & Cultures/Latin Amer
  • ANTH 612: Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 650: Anthropology of Migration
  • ANTH 697: Special Topic/Migration
  • ANTH 699H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 796: Reading and Research
  • COLA 702: Research Interrupted
  • COLA 802: Research Interrupted
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Anthropology
  • LS 896: Independent Study