Castaneda, Angela N., Ph.D.
Sociology and Anthropology, Asbury Hall, Room 219
Professor of Anthropology
I earned my doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University. My research interests include 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. I have published on the performance of Afro-Caribbean identity, the commercialization of Brazilian religious traditions, mothering in a neoliberal world, and the role of intimate labor for doulas. As a recipient of the George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award (2012) and as the Edward Myers Dolan Professor of Anthropology (2014-2019), I use examples from my research in my courses, which include Human Cultures, Latin American and Caribbean Cultures, Religions of the African Diaspora, Anthropology of Food, Performing Cultures in the Americas, Ethnographic Methods, Ethnographies of Reproduction, and Senior Seminar.