Dr. Melissa Rinehart, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. (Anthropology), Michigan State University, 2006
Office: (229) 249-4975
University Center: 1141
As a cultural anthropologist I have many interests. My area of specialization is in American Indian studies and I have worked with Miami Indian communities in Indiana and Oklahoma for several years. Topics I have examined include Miami removal from Indiana in 1846, marriage practices, Miami Catholicism, boarding school experiences, and language shift and revitalization. Other interests include language ideologies (Sociolinguistics), gender relations, racial formation, the dichotomy between public/private identities, and the anthropology of food. Methodological interests include ethnohistory and collaborative ethnography.