Melissa A. Johnson

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Environmental Studies

Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology

Co-Chair, Diversity Enrichment Committee


Teaching Fall 2010

Introduction to Anthropology (this is currently only available to the SU community via Moodle)

Theory in Anthropology (this is currently only available to the SU community via Moodle)

Paideia 10: The Good Life?  (this is currently only available to the SU community via Moodle)

Other Teaching

Research, Publications & Presentations

Research and Writing

Selected Presentations

Selected Publications

Full Curriculum Vitae


I am a cultural anthropologist who specializes geographically in the Caribbean (Belize more specifically), and topically in questions of environment, development, race and gender.  I am especially interested in bringing critical analysis of systems of privilege and oppression to the examination of the intersections of the human with the non-human---from analyses of the meanings of place and landscape to relationships between human and non-human animals.  The contexts that attract my attention are those in which people and other things are moving—sites of tourism, toxicity, emigration, immigration, transnational and transplace networks, etc.


I am passionate about teaching, and teach Introduction to Anthropology, Theory in Anthropology, Global Environmental Justice, Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean and the Anthropology Senior Seminar. I also lead a Paideia group.


I am very committed to doing all I can to promote social justice in my community, and have served for a long time as Co-chair of our diversity enrichment committee, and am most proud of having been involved with establishing a social justice curricular requirement at SU.


Contact Information

  • Campus Office:
    • 310 Mood Bridwell Hall
  • Mail Address:
    • Dept of Sociology and Anthropology
      Southwestern University
      Georgetown, Texas 78626-0770
  • Email Me:
  • Telephone:
    • 512-863-1406
  • Fax:
    • 512-863-1535
  • Office Hours
    • M W F 9-10 and email me if you wish to meet with me at another time.


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