Major in Sociology and Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Sociology and Anthropology Major


Lauren A. Wynne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Lauren Wynne
Phone: (315) 223-2514
Office: 120 DePerno Hall


Lauren Wynne received her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Columbia University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2005 and 2012 respectively. Lauren’s dissertation explores the changing nature of human relationships with food in rural Yucatán, Mexico, specifically as it is expressed through a Yucatec Maya concept of “care.” As an undergraduate, she conducted ethnographic research on indigenous midwifery in Oaxaca, Mexico, and on the pregnancy and childbirth experiences of Mexican immigrants to Brooklyn, New York.

Lauren continues to write on food practices in rural Yucatán. Her first publication, “Transformations in Body and Cuisine in Rural Yucatán, Mexico,” will appear in an edited volume titled Food and Identity in the Caribbean, due out in early 2013. She is also in the process of transforming her dissertation into a book manuscript.

Lauren’s teaching and research interests also include medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, Native American cultures, class and consumption, and alcohol and drug studies.

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