Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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.