Anthropology Faculty

Robyn Ryle
Robyn Ryle

Robyn Ryle

Associate Professor of Sociology

(812) 866-7354


Robyn Ryle is an associate professor of sociology at Hanover College, where she has taught sociology of gender and other courses for seven years.

Ryle attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., for her undergraduate degrees in sociology and English with a concentration in women's studies. She received her doctorate in sociology from Indiana University-Bloomington and is originally from northern Kentucky.

Her hobbies include digging in and cooking out of her garden, and generally enjoying small town life. Ryle currently lives in a 170-year-old house in scenic Madison, Ind., with her husband Jeff, stepdaughter, Grace, and two rather peculiar cats.


B.A. Millsaps College
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:

Modern Society (introductory sociology course)
Sociology of Gender
Environmental Sociology
Research Methods
Race, Class and Gender
Race and Ethnic Relations
Urban Sociology


"Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration." 2011. Pine Forge Press
David Buchman
David Buchman

David Buchman

Professor of Anthropology

(812) 866-7369


Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:

Teaching Areas: Cultures of the Middle East, Cultures of North Africa and East Africa; Comparative Religions; South America; Methods in Anthropology; Islam in the Modern World; History and Politics of the Middle East

International Experience: Middle East, North Africa, India, Thailand.
Lauren Griffith
Lauren Griffith

Lauren Griffith

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

(812) 866-7358


Lauren Miller Griffith earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology at Indiana University in 2010. Her research agenda focuses on the intersections of performance, tourism and education in Brazil, Belize and the U.S. Her earlier work focused on the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and how non-Brazilian practitioners use travel to the source of capoeira's birth, Bahia da Brasil, to increase their legitimacy within this genre.

Griffith's current interests include the links between tourism, cultural heritage and sustainability in Belize. She is particularly interested in how indigenous communities decide whether or not to participate in the growing tourism industry and the long-term effects of these decisions.


B.A., Texas A&M University
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University.


"Signature Pedagogies in the Afro-Brazilian Martial Art Capoeira: Why Problem Based Learning Produces Better Performers," (article manuscript, Theatre Annual, in press).

"Idea Portal: Marks of Distinction in an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art," Local Learning Journal of Folklore and Education, 1 (2014).

"Team Teaching in Anthropology: Pursuing the 4-Field Ideal" (w/ C. Griffith), Anthropology News (February 2014).

"Apprenticeship Pilgrimage and the Acquisition of Legitimacy in Capoeira," Journal of Sport & Tourism 18:1 (2013), 1-15.

"Apprenticeship Pilgrimage, An Alternative Analytical Lens," Annals of Tourism Research 41 (2013), 228-231.

"Intellectual Development Amongst Participants in Faculty-Led Research," (w/ Tolga Kaya), CURQ on the Web 34:4 (2013), 10-16.

"Bourdieu's Game of Life: Using Simulation to Facilitate Understanding of Complex Theories," College Teaching 60 (2012), 147-153.

"Partnerships in archaeotourism: The future of Cueva Borbon, Dominican Republic," (w/ C. Griffith) Chungara 44:3 (2012), 523-532.

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