Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology
Angela Castañeda is Associate Professor of Anthropology at DePauw University. Her research in Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. explores questions on religion, ritual, expressive culture and the anthropology of reproduction. She has published on the performance of Afro-Caribbean identity, the commercialization of Brazilian religious traditions, and mothering in a neoliberal world. Dr. Castañeda uses examples from her research in her courses, which include: introductory cultural anthropology, religions of the African diaspora, anthropology of food, performing cultures in the Americas, ethnographic methods, history of anthropology, and ethnographies of reproduction.
Dr. Castañeda’s current project focuses on the role of doulas in birth culture. She is editor of a forthcoming volume with Demeter Press entitled Intimate Care: Doulas and the Birthing Body. In addition to her work as a practicing birth and postpartum doula, Dr. Castañeda also volunteers as a Spanish childbirth education instructor with Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS) and serves on the Advisory Council for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO).