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Teaching Professor in Anthropology

Carie Little Hersh is an Associate Teaching Professor, public anthropologist, and former lawyer. Her research focuses on religion, spirituality, healing, secularism, and knowledge production in American parachurches. Past research has included U.S. Navy rituals, gender and sexuality, and legal anthropology. She hosts a public anthropology blog, relevANTH, and a podcast, Anthropologist on the Street, designed to share anthropological research with non-academic audiences.

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2022 Outstanding Teaching Award, Northeastern University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

2011 Manning Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Anthropology, UNC-CH Department of Anthropology

2008 Graduate Student Paper Prize, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, “Who’s Afraid of the Religious Right? Anthropological Issues in the Study of Religion and Politics”

1999 Duke University School of Law Merit-Based Scholarship

  • Hersh, Carie Little. “Losing faith in the secular: The politics of faith and knowledge at two American parachurches”. Doctoral Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2011. 214 pages; 3464919.
  • Hersh, Carie Little. 2010. “Fighting Science with Science at Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network,” in Handbook of Religion and the Authority of Science, James R. Lewis and Olav Hammer, eds. Brill. Pp. 514-548.
  • Hersh, Carie Little. 2008. “Graduate Student Participation in APLA.” Anthropology News. March: 44-45.
  • Hersh, Carie Little and Ingrid M Johansen. 2007. “Free Appropriate Public Education in the Fourth Circuit.” School Law Bulletin. Institute of Government, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Winter: 1-15.
  • Hersh, Carie Little. Fall 2005. “Book Review: Crime’s Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime, Philip C. Parnell and Stephanie C. Kane, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).” Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 28.2.
  • Hersh, Carie Little. 2002. “Crossing the Line: Sex, Power, Justice and the U.S. Navy at the Equator.” Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 9:277-324.

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  • Making Anthropology Public

    ANTH 4100

    Reflects on the social, economic, ecological, and cultural value of anthropology as a field, as well as an experiential learning space for transforming anthropological research into material understandable by the general public. Offers students an opportunity to learn methodologies across visual, collaborative, and engaged anthropologies, as well as to study the ethical considerations and specific skills necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of modalities.

  • Peoples and Cultures

    ANTH 1101

    Surveys basic concepts in cultural anthropology by looking at a range of societies and the issues they face in a globalizing world. Examines the manner in which cultures adapt to, reject, or modify all of the changes they face. These changes impact everything from traditional family structure, to religion, gender, all the way to patterns of joking and concepts of beauty the world over.