Wendi Haugh (Associate 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 has done 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 is currently launching a new research project on birding, bird guides, and bird-related ecotourism in eastern and southern Africa. She teaches Cultural Anthropology, Humans and Other Animals, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, and Environmental Conservation in Africa. She enjoys travel, bird watching, 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.”