Carolyn Heinz

My interests are in social history, religion, and Asian societies, particularly India. I am a cultural anthropologist and most of my fieldwork has been in North India, where I study and write about the Maithil Brahmans and Bihar, most recently “Bihar: Caste, Class, and Violence,” in Introduction to Contemporary Anthropology of India (2013).

I founded the Asian Studies Major at Chico and my textbook, Asian Cultural Traditions (Waveland Press, 1999), is used widely in American universities. I taught for many years in the Department of Anthropology on topics of religion, women, visual anthropology and psychological anthropology. I’ve enjoyed leading study-abroad programs in London, Thailand, and Beijing, and also taught two semesters at Semester-at-Sea, which collectively generated a lot of outside-the-envelope courses. Currently I’m enjoying teaching Humanities 222, Arts and Ideas: Modern.

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