Saint Michael's Department of Sociology and Anthropology


Adrie Suzanne Kusserow
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Department Chair: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
St. Michaelís College
Colchester, VT 05439
(802) 654-2267


B.A. Amherst College
School for International Training (Nepal)
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D. Harvard University

Areas of Interest:

bulletmodern day slavery
bulletsocial inequality
bulletethnographic poetry
bulletservice learning
bulletanthropology of religion
bulletanthropology of the child
bulletmedical anthropology
bulletpsychological anthropology
bulletanthropological perspectives on gender
bulletanthropology of suffering and poverty.

Professor Kusserow strongly encourages both service work and field work to be an integral part of her anthropology classes. She is also a strong proponent of study abroad.

Adrie Kusserow has most recently done field work on Sudanese refugees in Burlington, Vermont and Kampala Uganda. She has also done field work in India and Nepal on Tibetan Buddhism and the spread of Buddhism to the West, as well as social class and conceptions of the child in New York City. Professor Kusserow is also a poet whose ethnographic poetry most often appears in the journal Anthropology and Humanism. She lives in Underhill Center where she was born, with her husband, Robert Lair, a lecturer in religious studies and Peace and Justice, and her two children, Ana Grace, age 6, and Willem, age 3.

Recent Prizes and Books

bulletAmerican Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in Three Neighborhoods 2004, Palgrave MacMillan (View this book on
bulletHunting Down the Monk, BOA Editions, New American Poets Series, 2002 (View this book on
bullet2002 Vermont Professor of the Year sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation
bullet2001 Society for Humanistic Anthropology Poetry Prize Winner

Recent poems and articles have been published in Anthropology and Humanism, Ethos, Journal of Anthropological Research and Stanford Social Innovation Review


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