Rebecca Robertson

Lecturer & Research Associate - Cultural/Applied Anthropology


Graduate Advisor
Director, Ethnographic Research Lab

Office Hours
Email:rer3( at )
(707) 826-4372


I am an applied anthropologist with a focus on equity and social justice within the broad context of development. I critically examine practices, processes, and outcomes of social change and have undertaken research in a variety of domains, including: integrated resource conservation and community development in South Africa, transnational student social media activism, higher education diversity work, and post-secondary education policy. In addition, I am actively engaged in local applied research projects, with a commitment to equitable and inclusive community development. My work employs both qualitative methods (participant observation, interviewing, cultural mapping, time-use analysis…) as well as quantitative approaches (social network analysis, descriptive and inferential statistical analysis). For details about my current research and applied projects, check out my website:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Theory & History in Anthropology
  • World Regions Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology Lab
  • Anthropology and Development
  • Women and Development

Ph.D. Education, Oregon State University                           
M.A. Globalization and the Environment, Cal Poly Humboldt
B.A.  Anthropology, Cal Poly Humboldt

Network diagram, anthropologist speaking at a conference, Rhodes Must Fall social media posts

Rebecca Robertson