Jenell Paris, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Interest and areas of expertise
"Spirituality and culture, conflict transformation, human well-being in evolutionary perspective, identities and intersectionality, race, sexuality, gender."
- Ph.D. Anthropology American University, Washington, D.C.
“African-American Women’s Activism and Ghetto Formation in a Washington, DC Neighborhood”
- B.A. Cultural Studies Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Classes I teach
- Intro to Cultural Anthropology
- Women and Men in American Society
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Senior Thesis
Dr. Paris has published six books and dozens of articles, across genres and for diverse audiences. Recent books include Introducing Cultural Anthropology (2nd ed. co-authored with Brian Howell, Baker Academic, 2019); Teach From the Heart: A Pedagogy of Love (Cascade, 2017); The Good News About Conflict: Transforming Religious Struggle Over Homosexuality (Cascade, 2017).
In her national platform, she serves the discipline of anthropology, and also serves the church. She authors instructor ancillary materials for W. W. Norton in sociology and anthropology. As Senior Fellow with The Colossian Forum, she supports the evangelical movement in taking up divisive issues as opportunities for spiritual growth. She serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Sociology and Christianity, On Knowing Humanity, and the Journal for Contemplative Inquiry.