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Dr. Warren D. Anderson, Ph.D.

Office: Art Building  103



Warren Anderson came to Southeast Missouri State in 1997 after completing a doctorate in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology from Southern Illinois University. His graduate studies in Linguistics include stints at the University of North Dakota and the University of Washington. His undergraduate degree in Modern Languages is from Millikin University.

He lives with his wife on a family farm in Southern Illinois, about a 35 minute commute from the SEMO Campus. Their two daughters are both pursuing university degrees.

He has worked among the P’urhépecha migrant workers of Michoacán, Mexico since the early 1980s, living and traveling with them as they cross the border, seeking work and returning to their homes. Recently his ethnographic interests have taken him to some remote parts of the Chirripó region of Costa Rica to work with researchers and teachers among the Cabécar Indians.


Commentary: Warren D. Anderson. 2006. “Medical Education: What would the Shamans and Witches Think?” Academic Medicine 81(10): 138-143.

Article: Warren D. Anderson. 2006. “Tarascan.” In Keith Brown (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition. Oxford, England: Elsevier Ltd.

Book Chapter: Warren D. Anderson. 2004. “P’urépecha Migration into the U.S. Rural Midwest: History and Current Trends.” In Jonathan Fox and Gaspar Rivera-Salgado (eds.) Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the United States. La Jolla, CA: Center for US-Mexican Studies, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. Pp. 355-384.

Article: Warren D. Anderson. 2001. Oral History and Migrant Wage Labor: Sources of Narrative Distortion. The Oral History Review 28(2):1-20.

Book Chapter: “Transnational Research: Bettering Anthropology’s View of the Other.” In Elzbieta M. Gozdziak and Dianna J. Shandy (eds.). Rethinking Refugee and Displacement (Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants Volume VIII). Washington, D.C. American Anthropological Association, 2000. Pp. 276-290.


Academic Interests

  • P’urhépecha Ethnography and Research (Michoacán, Mexico)
  • Cabécar Ethnography and Research (Costa Rica)
  • Transnational Labor Migration
  • Bilingualism
  • Language Training and Learning
  • International Education
  • Teaching

Other Interests

  • Folk Music and 5-String Banjo
  • Photography
  • Just About Anything Outdoors
  • Camping, Canoeing, Hiking
  • Woodworking
  • Construction
  • Goat Tending

Courses Taught

AN 101 Observing Other Cultures
AN 181 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
AN 241 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
AN 317 Ethnographic Field Methods
AN 360 Mesoamerican Civilizations
AN 493 Seminar in Anthropological Theory


Art Building 203
Global Cultures and Languages
One University Plaza, MS 4150
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701