John CoggeshallProfessor of Anthropology
Office: 137 Brackett Hall
M.A. Behavioral Science
Introduction to Anthropology
ProfileCurrently I am assisting a regional African-American Upstate community present their history and preserve and protect their heritage in culturally-appropriate ways. Professionally, I serve as the chair of the Committee on Teaching Anthropology for the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association.
U.S. regional and ethnic cultures. Specific research interests include the cultural history of the SC mountains, traditional cultures in the Midwest and Carolinas, heritage tourism, gated communities, cross-cultural gender identity, ethical issues in ethnographic research, undergraduate pedagogy, prison culture.
Currently I am examining the relationship between people and place in the mountain communities of Pickens, Oconee, and Greenville counties. Specifically, I am investigating the means by which people become "embedded" into landscapes, through ownership, occupancy, stories, and burials. I also lead biennial Study Abroad trips to the Czech Republic.
Soapstone Church Heritage Project, Pickens County Accommodations Tax, 2010. $7,500.
"Symbols of Division: Plantations Along South Carolina’s Coast," Home Cultures: the Journal of Architecture, Design, and Domestic Space, 5:1 (2008), pp. 49-64.
Jocassee Gorges Cultural History Project, Duke Energy Foundation, 2006. $5,000. Renewed 2008 $4,500.
"Mountains of Menace and Majesty: Memories in the Jocassee Gorges Region of Upstate South Carolina," Southern Anthropological Society, Staunton, VA, March 2008.
"Negotiating Private History Into Public Space: Collaboration with an African-American Community," American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2008.