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Sociology and Anthropology

A holistic approach to the study of human life and its contemporary issues.

Sociology and anthropology are distinct from other social sciences in their holistic approach to the study of human life, encompassing social, cultural, economic, political and psychological aspects. Students in DePauw’s sociology and anthropology programs learn to think creatively and to meaningfully link individual biographical events to larger social patterns in society. They acquire sophisticated data collection and analysis skills, using qualitative and quantitative methods; cultivate a sensitivity to issues of social stratification and social justice; and consider the ethical implications of their knowledge.

Careers and Graduate


  • Education (early childhood education, bilingual education, K-12 education, libraries, special education) Law (attorney, legal advocacy)
  • Government (criminal justice, cultural resource management, international diplomacy, land management, national and state parks, policy analysis, statistics)
  • Health and medicine (physician practice, public health, rehabilitation)
  • Higher education (admission, alumni relations, communications, development, financial aid, experiential education, grant writing, institutional research, international student services, libraries, multicultural student services, student disability services)
  • Museums (collections management, curation, exhibit design, public education)
  • Nonprofit organizations (advocacy, community organizing, lobbying, research)
  • Social work


  • American University
  • Emory University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University-Purdue
  • University at Indianapolis
  • Ohio State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of North Carolina



While still a student at DePauw, David Dietz ’11 volunteered for then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s nascent presidential campaign in advance of the Iowa and Nevada primaries. He was so invigorated by the experience that he returned to Greencastle and helped Obama become the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana on the road to the White House. David later interned in the White House social office, working for first lady Michelle Obama; he then accepted an offer to do advance work during his senior year, when he tackled makeup assignments and reading while traveling to arrange logistics for the Obamas’ events. After graduation, David worked for President Obama’s reelection campaign and, later, returned to the White House, where – among other things – he served as the president’s liaison to athletes, leagues and teams. In August 2015, he joined the National Basketball Association’s social responsibility team, where he helps manage NBA Voices, the league’s effort, he says, “to use the power of conversation and the game of basketball to demonstrate the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion and get conversations started in the community about our shared responsibilities to create change.”


Rebecca Bordt, Ph.D., Yale University. Interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and the sociology of punishment. Won the John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, North Central Sociological Association.

Angela N. Castañeda, Ph.D., Indiana University. Interested in identity, religion and expressive culture among communities of the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the cultural politics of reproduction, birth and motherhood in the Americas. Co-editor of “Doulas and Intimate Labour: Boundaries, Bodies, and Birth.” Won the George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award for Exemplary Teaching.

Lydia Wilson Marshall, Ph.D., University of Virginia. Winner of the 2018 John L. Cotter Award for excellence in early- career scholarship from the Society for Historical Archaeology. Editor of “Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion.”

David M. Newman, Ph.D., University of Washington. Interested in culture, social inequalities and intimate relationships. Author of “Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life;” “Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality;” and “Families: A Sociological Perspective.”

Alicia Suarez, Ph.D., Indiana University. Interested in medical sociology, the sociology of deviance and women’s health. Won the George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award for Exemplary Teaching.

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