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CIGS - Director's Biography

Ray Scupin,PhD

Raymond Scupin, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Lindenwood University. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for International and Global Studies.

He received his BA in History, Asian Studies, and Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles (1972), his MA (1974), and PhD (1978) in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He has been a lecturer at University of California, Santa Barbara, and Visiting lecturer at Ramkhamhaeng University (Bangkok, Thailand), and Northern Kentucky University.

He has received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999) and the President’s Scholar Award (2007). He was awarded Fulbright grants (1979, 1985), and received an NEH grant award in the Philosophy of Social Sciences (1998). He has served as a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Human Rights Council, the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, and belongs to numerous organizations related to Southeast Asian Studies and Islamic Studies. He is on the Board of Consulting Editors for anthropology texts published by McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall Press.

He has published numerous essays in the areas of Islamic studies, Asian studies, race and ethnicity issues, linguistics, the anthropology of religion, and globalization. He has conducted ethnographic research in Thailand and among Native American Indians. He has written books on the Chumash Indians of California and the Islamic education system as it relates to politics in Thailand. Over the years he authored two major anthropological textbooks that emphasize globalization: Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective 8th edition, (Prentice Hall Press, 2012) and Anthropology: A Global Perspective 7th edition (co-authored with Christopher DeCorse, Prentice Hall Press, 2012). In addition, he produced a series of key anthropology textbooks Race and Ethnicity: The United States and the World 2nd edition (Prentice Hall Press 2012), Peoples and Cultures of Asia (Prentice Hall Press 2006) and Religion and Culture: An Anthropological Focus 2nd edition (Prentice Hall Press 2008). He is currently engaged in research on Islam, race and ethnicity, religion, and globalization issues.
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