Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Gaelyn’s work falls under the broad heading of performative anthropology, an area of interest that looks to performance both as the way in which people experience the quotidian aspects of their lives, and the method by which the ethnographer produces knowledge about those experiences. Before she was an anthropologist, Gaelyn was an independent filmmaker who worked with a diverse range of transnational communities to produce documentaries that profiled individuals, organizations, and issues that lacked access to popular support and conventional media outlets. She has carried out fieldwork in the U.S., México, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia, where (as a Fulbright Fellow) she conducted research on dance and the cultural politics of national identity. Since earning her doctorate from the University of Southern California, she has turned her attention to the encounters and articulations between Greater México and the United States.
Luke Kellett is a broadly trained professional archaeologist who has done fieldwork in the US Southwest and the Andean region of South America. As an anthropological archaeologist he is interested in the long-term interactions between humans, landscapes and the environment especially during periods of climate change. He has worked in museum and contract archaeology settings, as well as an archaeologist for the US Forest Service. Since 2002 he has conducted archaeological research in the Andahuaylas region of highland Peru where he is investigating the settlement ecology of the Chanka ethnic group during a period of drought and social upheaval (AD 1000-1400). Luke teaches several courses in the Culture, Meaning and Society (Anthropology) and Geography Programs and has led UMF travel courses to Peru and Newfoundland, Canada. He is also works as UMF's sustainability coordinator and loves to ski, hike, climb and travel internationally.
Nicole Kellett is an applied anthropologist whose research interests center on gender, economic development, medical anthropology, and political ecology. Although the bulk of her research has taken place in the Andean highlands of Peru, Nicole has also conducted research in the U.S. southwest, Belize, and has worked as a research consultant for AIDS and economic empowerment programs in Kenya and Uganda. Due to her international interests, Nicole teaches a number of courses that are cross-listed with International and Global Studies including: Gender, Development and Globalization; Medical Anthropology; Latin America: Cultures and Contexts; Cultural Ecology; and a two-week travel course to Peru. She also teaches upper-division theory and methods courses, among others. When not working with students or conducting research, Dr. Kellett enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends and international travel.