Dr. Cynthia Fowler
Associate Professor/Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Cynthia Fowler holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii. She teaches introduction to cultural anthropology and communications, diversity, global health, ecological anthropology, medical anthropology, ethnography, ethnographic film and cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania. During Interim she has taught courses on water and society, fire ecology of the Southern Appalachians and holistic health, among others. Her main area of study concerns biosocial dynamics on Sumba Island in Eastern Indonesia. Another area of study occurs at the intersections of fire ecology and science and technology studies. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Indonesia, Hawaii, Vietnam, Brazil and the U.S. South. Fowler is committed to academic and engaged scholarship, which for her involves teaching undergraduate anthropology courses, performing service for the college, engaging with the community through participation in local and professional organizations, reviewing and editing academic publications and conducting research and writing. Away from Wofford she can usually be found in the garden, forests, rivers, and lakes with a hoe in her hand, on her mountain bike or her paddleboard.