Helen C. Blouet, Ph.D.
- Professor of Anthropology
- 120 DePerno Hall
- School of Arts & Sciences
Helen Blouet received her B.A. in anthropology from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She didn’t plan on majoring in anthropology from the start. After her freshman year, she enrolled in an archaeology field school at Jamestown, Virginia, where she learned about excavation at the site of the early British colony. Helen enjoyed the potential for exploration in the social and natural sciences that this experience offered, and she continued to study anthropology into graduate school. Helen received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
Helen’s dissertation research examined the ways in which people in 18th and 19th century Caribbean communities utilized burial practices and commemorated the dead. She is most interested in how, given identities and categories of race, class, and religion, people created commemorative similarities and differences through their access to funerary resources.
Dr. Blouet continues to research death, burial, and commemoration in Caribbean history. In addition, she teaches Introduction to Anthropology (ANT 101), Human Beings in Evolutionary Perspective (ANT 205), Native American Cultures and History (ANT 251), Introduction to Practical Archaeology (ANT 300), Caribbean Anthropology (ANT 300), and Culture, Health, and Healing (ANT 415). She also co-advises, with Dr. Ross, the Utica College Culture Crewe, a student organization focused on expanding multi-cultural and historical awareness.
B.A. College of William and Mary
M.A., Ph.D. Syracuse University
Awards and Recognition
Diversity Award 2011
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