Wendi Haugh (Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist with a joint appointment in African Studies. She spent her junior year abroad in Kenya, and she does research in northern Namibia on the ways that people construct a sense of national identity in songs, speeches, talk radio programs, celebrations, and conversations. She also writes about the relationship between language ideologies and political identity, and is in the early stages of developing plans for research on the social and cultural dimensions of environmental conservation projects. She teaches Cultural Anthropology and courses on the anthropology of Africa, including Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Popular Culture in Africa, and Environmental Conservation in Africa. She enjoys travel, birdwatching, and hiking in her spare time.
“I love introducing students to the concepts and methods of cultural anthropology - besides preparing them to take further courses in the discipline, the course prepares students to get the most out of their cross-cultural experiences, whether at home or abroad. I’m biased, of course, but I think everyone needs at least a little anthropology in their lives. And I’m very excited to be teaching courses about Africa here at SLU, where students have such interest in learning about life on the continent and so many opportunities to study in Africa for a semester or a summer.”