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Faculty Profile

 
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 NoMug-Female   Name:  Susan Osborne 
Title:  Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology 
Education:
M.A., Anthropology, Wake Forest University
B.A., Anthropology, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
B.A. (Honors), English, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Office:  340 Kinard Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2524 
E-mail:  osbornes@winthrop.edu  
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Area(s):
Cultural Anthropology (Culture Change and Mechanisms for Maintaining Cultural Traditions), Supernatural Belief Systems/Cross Cultural Religious Expression, Religious Syncretism, Cultures of Mesoamerica (Historic and Modern-Day Peasant Societies of Southern Mexico), Human Cultural History (including Pre-Historic Origins)
Following the completion of her first undergraduate degree, professor Osborne served several years in social work; subsequently, she worked in student financial aid at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. Traveling in Mexico and South America ignited her interest in anthropology. 

Osborne has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Honduras and in Mexico, specifically the highlands of the southern state of Chiapas and northern Yucatan. On Roatan Island, Honduras, she was part of a team studying culture change. In Mexico she studied the effects of tourism on modern Maya arts and crafts. 

Her teaching has included "College Study Skills," English, and general anthropology classes at CPCC. At Winthrop she has focused on cultural anthropology. Recently, she developed a new course in supernatural belief systems and ritual titled "Anthropology of Religion." In teaching students about societies with lifeways are so different from modern-day American culture, she considers it important to emphasize the common humanity that links us all.