Jeffrey G. Snodgrass

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Phone: (970) 491-5894
Office: Clark B219A
Mail: Department of Anthropology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

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Professor, Department of Anthropology
Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Public Health (Health Disparities and Global Health)
Advising Faculty Member, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, California, 1997
M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, California, 1990
B.S. in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1988


Cultural Anthropology


Cognitive and (biocultural) psychiatric anthropology; subjective well-being; stress and health; addiction; religion and ritual; therapeutic and distressful places and landscapes; virtual worlds; games and play; India (Dalits and Adivasis); ethnographic research methods

Classes (current)

ANTH100, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH322, Religion, Culture, and Mind
ANTH423, Cultural Psychiatry
ANTH444, Cultures of Virtual Worlds: Research Methods
ANTH445, Psychological Anthropology
ANTH545, Culture and Mental Health: Theory and Method
ANTH566, Ethnography in Enchanted Places

I am currently investigating the cultural therapeutics of inhabiting enchanted and sacred places. This expresses itself in two ongoing projects. First, I am investigating the therapeutic and addictive dimensions of Internet-based virtual game-worlds. I am most interested to understand how these online environments facilitate altered “dissociative” experiences, which, by promoting or relieving stress, are linked to both positive and negative health outcomes. My research has begun with primarily U.S. gamers with plans to extend the project to other parts of the world (Europe, East Asia). Second, I am working to understand how loss of access to forest spaces and resources—for example, through deforestation and displacement from a newly established wildlife preserve in central India—impact Indigenous peoples’ health and systems of healing. I am especially interested to clarify how the ethnopsychiatric and potentially stress-relieving dimensions of Indigenous therapies—for example, the healing power of community rituals and spiritual states of consciousness—continue to function in these compromised environments. This latter research is funded by the National Science Foundation: 2011-14. “Environmental Displacement and Human Resilience: New Explanations Using Data from Central India” (NSF Grant #: BCS-1062787). My research relies on ethnographic methods like participant-observation and interviews, enhanced by more systematic and quantifiable approaches such as cognitive anthropological cultural domain analysis, field surveys, and biocultural methods.

I have published one sole-authored book (Casting Kings: Bards and Indian Modernity, Oxford University Press, 2006), one co-authored (Indigenous Peoples and the Collaborative Stewardship of Nature: Knowledge Binds and Institutional Conflicts, Left Coast Press, 2011), and one co-edited special journal issue (March 2008 issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, “Indigenous Nature Reverence and Environmental Degradation: Exploring Critical Intersections of Animism and Conservation”). In addition to numerous book chapters, my research has appeared in journals of anthropology and cultural studies (American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Religion, Ethnos, Field Methods (forthcoming), and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society), communications and games studies (Cognitive Technology, Computers in Human Behavior, Games and Culture), health and medicine (American Journal of Public Health, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (forthcoming), and Transcultural Psychiatry), and environmental studies and risk analysis (Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Natural Hazards, Risk Analysis). I have received grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, the Killam Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and, as mentioned, the National Science Foundation.

I am especially interested to take in graduate students ready to employ mixed qualitative-quantitative ethnographic research methods to explore how inhabiting culturally-patterned places and spaces impacts human health and subjective well-being.

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