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David Griffith

(PhD, Florida, 1983)
Office: 250 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-1748
E-mail: griffithd@ecu.edu

About Me

David Griffith has been conducting ethnographic research on labor, migration, and small-scale fisheries and farming in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, and the United States since the early 1980s. His work has resulted in seven books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters in edited volumes, book reviews, and review articles, along with technical reports, posters, government documents, conference presentations, policy reports, and appearances in the national media. He regularly consults for government agencies and private foundations. In 2012, building on a long tradition of securing external funding, he was awarded his seventh grant from the National Science Foundation to study Managed Migration and the Value of Labor in Guatemala and Mexico. This project evolved out of a seminar sponsored by the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which also resulted in his forthcoming edited volume: Mismanaging Managed Migration: Captive Labor in North American Labor Markets. Another of his books, The Estuary's Gift: An Atlantic Coast Cultural Biography, won second place in the James Mooney Award, given by the Society for Southern Anthropology. He has been editor-in-chief of The Anthropology of Work Review and Human Organization and is currently the Associate Editor for Public Anthropology for American Anthropologist. Griffith also writes fiction and creative essays, publishing in literary journals. He has been married to Nancy for thirty-seven years and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. He is currently working on a series of essays about poignant fieldwork experiences in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Arctic, and several other locations where he has conducted research, tentatively entitled, Field Days.

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Department News

On February 19th, the Department celebrated National Anthropology Day by hosting a public open house. Displays were presented in the labs, and mini-lectures and anthropology films were presented. 

The North Carolina Studies program hosted Dr. Christine Avenarius for her lecture "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change".

Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.