Ethnographic Field School
for Risk and Disaster
The Ethnographic Field School in Risk and Disaster (ANTH 442 – 6 credits) is a 4-week summer program taking place on the island campus of Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas. The field school will provide hands-on training in qualitative and quantitative research to better understand perceptions and realities of risk and varieties of human adaptation following disaster.
What to expect:
- – You will conduct original fieldwork in one of three communities in Rockport, Texas, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall in September 2017. People are still recovering and they have a lot to teach us.
- – You will learn through on the ground immersion and classroom work–research methods, social mapping, and what the literature can help us understand about risk and disaster. Why do people live in high-risk areas? How do they recover from terrible losses? What can we do to lessen risk and increase resilience?
- – You will live close to the shore on the Texas coast in high quality campus apartments with pleasant surroundings–4-bedroom units, each with private baths and a shared kitchen and common space (yes, really).
Field Course Instructor
Dr. Katherine Browne, Professor, Cultural Anthropology