ethan gulledge

Bio: Ethan Gulledge (they/them) is an adjunct instructor in the Anthropology department since 2023. Previously, they were enrolled in the early entry graduate program at UNC Charlotte. Their M.A. research focused on the foraging behaviors of semi-free ranging ring-tailed lemurs at the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City, Florida. 


M.A. Anthropology, UNC Charlotte

B.A. Anthropology, UNC Charlotte

Research Interests:

  • Non-human Primate Diet
  • Captive Primate Behavior
  • Conservation


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Primates Past and Present

Dori Beeler

Dr. Dori Beeler is an applied medical anthropologist whose work spans across spirituality, medicine, Science and Technology Studies, public health, and oncology. Since 2015, she has worked in academic and applied work across the US and UK in collaboration with many disciplines and private, and public institutions. Her current work is focused on Implementation Science and collaborative projects investigating cancer-related fatigue across the cancer continuum. She employs mixed-methods research to inform evidence-based interventions aimed at improving patient-centered cancer care.


  • Ph.D. Durham University, UK, Anthropology, 2015
  • M.A. Durham University, UK, Anthropology, 2011
  • B.F.A. California State University, Fullerton, Fine Art, Minor in Anthropology, 1995


  • Fundamentals of Social and Cultural Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Anthropology of Religion (undergraduate)
  • Anthropology of Food (undergraduate)
  • Witchcraft and Magic (undergraduate)
  • Medical Anthropology, Writing Intensive (undergraduate)
  • Ethnography of Medical Institutions (combined undergraduate and graduate course)
  • Ethnographic Methods (combined undergraduate and graduate course)


  • Medical anthropology
  • Supportive Oncology/Integrative Oncology
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Caregivers
  • Childhood cancer
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Spirituality
  • Implementation Science
  • Patient-reported outcome measures
  • Applied anthropology
  • Rapid Ethnography


2013 HE Unltd*, Social Enterprise Grant

2016 Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Small Grants Awards

2017-2020 The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

2020 Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) 2020 Virtual Conference

Scholarship Award

2020 Hrabowski Innovation Award


Beeler, D and Jonker J. In press. Reiki Practice and the body as a mediator for religiosity. In: Pati, G. and Greenberg, Y. (eds.) Routledge Handbook on Religion and the Body. Routledge.

Wharton, B., Beeler, D.M., and Cooper, S. 2022. The “Day Zero Talk”: the Initial Communication of a Pediatric Oncology Diagnosis by Primary Care Physicians and Other Primary Care Providers. Journal of Cancer Education, 37(3), pp.728-738.

Beeler, D., Paré-Blagoev, E.J., Jacobson, L.A. and Ruble, K. 2021. Educating childhood cancer survivors: a qualitative analysis of parents mobilizing social and cultural capital. Journal of Cancer Education, 36(4), pp.819-825.

Bezuidenhout L. and Beeler, D. 2021. Dynamic Boundaries: Using Boundary Work to Rethink Scientific Virtues. In: Stapleford, Thomas A. and Ratti, E. (eds.) Science, Technology, and Virtues: Contemporary Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Beeler, D.M. 2020. When my four-year-old got cancer: a retrospective on resilience in a paediatric oncology ward. Anthropology & medicine, 27(3), pp.347-362.

Bezuidenhout, L., Ratti, E., Warne, N., and Beeler, D. 2019. Docility as a primary virtue in scientific research. Minerva, 57, pp.67-84.

Beeler, D.M. and Jonker, J. 2019. Health and religion. Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. Published July 31.

Bezuidenhout, L. and Beeler, D., 2019. Docility is not passiveness: teaching learners to learn in science education. Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences.

Beeler, D. 2018. A reiki sense of well-being. Anthropology News website. January 24. doi:10.1111/AN.747 (

Beeler, D. 2017. Reiki as surrender: evidence of an external authority. Journal of contemporary religion, 32(3), pp.465-478.

Beeler DM. 2016. An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Jasmine Strickland

Name: Jasmine Strickland

Advisor: Dr. Andrea Freidus


BA Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University, 2017

Research Interests:

College transition and student success for first-generation and minoritized students in the U.S.; Decolonizing pedagogies; Intersectionality; Maternal-child health disparities in the U.S.

Current Research:

My current work uses an anti-deficit framework to examine how Black undergraduate students navigate a predominantly white university. More specifically, my research addresses how Black undergraduate students modify their environment in order to reduce the risk factors associated with experiencing racism on campus.

Lennin Caro


Lennin Caro is a cultural anthropologist that specializes in Christianity, neoliberalism, and subjectivity. His research experience includes ethnographic investigations on evangelical practices within college campuses and volunteer tourism/short-term mission narratives. He is currently researching how the circulation of affect between volunteers and Malawian orphans contribute to subject-making.

He is the recipient of the 2023 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Part-Time Instructor.


  • MA, Anthropology, UNC Charlotte
  • BA, Anthropology, UNC Charlotte


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • The Self in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Liberal Studies)
  • Economic Anthropology


  • Evangelical Christianity
  • Neoliberalism
  • Volunteer Tourism
  • Subjectivity/Selfhood


Freidus, Andrea and Lennin Caro. Malawi, Orphans, and the Search for Authenticity in Protestant Short-Term Missions. Human Organization. 2018.


Caro, Lennin. Missional Subjectivity: Neoliberal Human Capital and Christian Campus Ministries. 2017. Available on ProQuest. (Master’s Thesis)


“Sin and Hope: Christian Evangelical Perceptions of the University.” Presented 9/6/2018 at “Religion and Secularism on Campus: Examing how Universities Experience and Negotiate Diverse Beliefs”: SOAS, University of London.

“Orphanage Tourism, Protestant Students and the Affect Economy.” Presented with Dr. Andrea Freidus 2/22/18 at the “16th Annual Africana Studies Symposium.” UNC Charlotte.

Marty Gimson

Martha Gimson (B.A. UNC Chapel Hill 1998, M.A. UNC Charlotte 2021) has been with the Anthropology department at UNC Charlotte as faculty since 2022. Previously, she was a Geography lecturer at King’s College in Charlotte. She is a historical archaeologist and lifelong educator with a foundation in biological archaeology and geography. She is focused on the promotion of marginalized groups and the preservation of historical culture, primarily in the southeast region of the US. Research and fieldwork include locating unmarked burial grounds of the enslaved and formerly enslaved, cemetery mapping and remote sensing analysis of unmarked burials, skeletal analysis of marginalized populations for corporeal evidence of structural and systemic violence, and historical archaeology of homestead and plantation sites to further define the roles of African and African Americans in the history of the settlement of the Piedmont of North Carolina. She is currently working with several local organizations as a Cultural Resource Consultant, providing guidance and insight on preservation, salvage, history, and advocacy. She is on the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Courses taught:
Global Theme -The Human Species: An Introduction to Anthropology
Cultural Resource Management Methods
Field Project in Archaeology

Kitty Kolb

Katharine Rainey Kolb, MA, GISP Kitty has degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology from Arizona State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include archaeobotany, GIS, human-environment interactions, political economy, feminist environmentalism, resilience theory, and fan studies. Her geographical areas of interest are the North American Eastern Woodlands and the American Southwest.

Heather Mode

Ms. Mode holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UNC Wilmington and an M.A. in Anthropology from Florida State University. She specializes in bioarchaeology.

Alan May

Received: Ph.D. From: University of Missouri Specialty: Archaeology, North America, North Carolina.

Specializations: Southeastern Native Americans, North American Native Americans, North American Historical Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, and Introduction to Anthropology.