Anthropology

Welcome

Anthropology is an integral part of the John Abbott College Social Science Program and offers courses for both social science and Liberal Arts students. Students from all programs are welcome to take our “hands-on” course in Forensic Anthropology.

Our dedicated teachers, Sarah Bean, Sabrina Gloux, Ed Holland, Jimena Marquez and Robbyn Seller create and teach challenging and enriching Anthropology courses in a stimulating learning environment.

WHAT IS ANTHROPOLOGY?

Anthropology is, literally, the study of humankind. It studies all aspects of human life-the biological, the social and the humanistic- at all times and in all places. Students in Anthropology learn about human evolution as well as the physical and genetic diversity of living human beings. Students gain an appreciation of ancient, historic, and modern peoples and how their lives changed over time. And students also learn about the arts, religions, and philosophies of all these people. Anthropology provides students with the broadest basis for understanding human diversity and their place within it.

Members of the Department

Sarah Bean :

Sarah Bean


514-457-6610 ext. 5413
H-334
sarah.bean@johnabbott.qc.ca

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Human Evolution, Anthropology in the Museum, Understanding the Evolution-Creationism Controversy, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences.

Biographical information: Sarah first became fascinated by Anthropology after taking courses at McGill University in Prehistoric Archaeology and Human Evolution and excavating at a Neolithic site in northern Finland. After completing her B.A. (Anthropology and History), she obtained an Ontario Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship at Sir Sandford Fleming College. Her internship at the Canadian Museum of Civilization further increased her passion for all things museum and Anthropology related.  In 2008, Sarah joined McGill University’s WOW Lab, a Science Education Research and Development Project, where she helped create evolution education activities for elementary and high school students. She also became a member of The Evolution Education Research Centre at McGill. Sarah began her Masters of Arts in Anthropology at McGill University in 2009, and was interested in finding out how human evolution was presented in museums across Canada, and also how Creationist Museums were dealing with the topic of human origins. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Sherbrooke.


Jimena Marquez :

Jimena Marquez


514-457-6610 ext. 5122
H-340
jimena.marquez@johnabbott.qc.ca

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Amerindians Past and Present, Peoples of the World, Race & Racism, First Civilizations, Medical Anthropology, and Research Methods

Biographical information: Jimena grew up in Mexico City and came to study to Montreal in 1998 to do a Bachelors Degree in Arts and Sciences. Her first interest was mainly in world religions and cultural anthropology. In 2003, she started a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology at Universite de Montreal under the supervision of Robert Crepeau, a specialist in South American shamanism. Her research project focused on the religious practices of the Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madre, in Mexico. Jimena started teaching Anthropology in Cegep in 2007. Her main research interests are socio-cultural anthropology, Native American ethnology as well as Native American archeology.

Publications:

Jimena Marquez and Louise Iseult Paradis, Entre costumbre et mondialisation, La Semaine sainte chez les Huichols du Mexique in Religious Dynamics of Indigenous People of the Americas: Towards New Methods, Les Editions Kartala, Paris. 2012

Marquez Jimena, A Review of “La Indianizaciόn : Cautivos, renegados, « hommes libres » y misioneros en los confines americanos” (S. XVI-XIX) Salvador Bernabéu, Christophe Giudicelli et Gilles Havard (dir.). Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 2013, 401 p. in Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, Vol XLIV, No 1, 2014.


Sabrina Gloux :

Sabrina Gloux


514-457-6610 ext. 5117
H-334
sabrina.gloux@johnabbott.qc.ca

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, The Anthropology of Violence and Conflict, Forensic Anthropology, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences

Biographical information: Growing up around the world made me easily and quickly accustomed to many different cultures which is probably the main reason why I naturally oriented myself towards Anthropology. I came to Montreal 12 years ago to study Physical Anthropology in which I completed both a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. degree at the Université de Montréal.  Being interested in Molecular Biology as well as Forensic Sciences, I also completed a certificate in Ancient DNA extraction and analysis at the Paleo-DNA Lab of the Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario; and two certificates in Forensic Medicine and Crime Scene Investigation from the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Criminologie in Paris, France. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Université de Montréal.

My main areas of interest are paleoanthropology, human evolution, functional anatomy, comparative anatomy, human osteology, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and ancient DNA. Specific research interests include the understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic skeletal adaptations to mechanical loads and variations, to better interpret skeletal markers of activity patterns and related injury patterns in osteological remains, especially in Neanderthals. I am also interested in understanding the evolution of primates’ upper limbs in terms of locomotor behavior, especially the shoulder and elbow joint.


Sabrina Gloux :

Sabrina Gloux


514-457-6610 ext. 5117
H-334 - Anthopology
sabrina.gloux@johnabbott.qc.ca

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, The Anthropology of Violence and Conflict, Forensic Anthropology, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences

Biographical information: Growing up around the world made me easily and quickly accustomed to many different cultures which is probably the main reason why I naturally oriented myself towards Anthropology. I came to Montreal 12 years ago to study Physical Anthropology in which I completed both a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. degree at the Université de Montréal.  Being interested in Molecular Biology as well as Forensic Sciences, I also completed a certificate in Ancient DNA extraction and analysis at the Paleo-DNA Lab of the Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario; and two certificates in Forensic Medicine and Crime Scene Investigation from the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Criminologie in Paris, France. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Université de Montréal.

My main areas of interest are paleoanthropology, human evolution, functional anatomy, comparative anatomy, human osteology, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and ancient DNA. Specific research interests include the understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic skeletal adaptations to mechanical loads and variations, to better interpret skeletal markers of activity patterns and related injury patterns in osteological remains, especially in Neanderthals. I am also interested in understanding the evolution of primates’ upper limbs in terms of locomotor behavior, especially the shoulder and elbow joint.


Ed Holland :

Ed Holland


514-457-6610 ext. 5118
H-336
ed.holland@johnabbott.qc.ca

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, First Civilizations, Human Evolution, Forensic Anthropology, and Integration in the Social Sciences (ISS)

Biographical information: Prof. Holland has been teaching at John Abbott College since 1975. He began his undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Art History at Pace University, and completed his BA in Anthropology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His graduate studies in Anthropology include the University of Manitoba (MA) and McGill University (PhD Residency). He holds a Diploma in College Education from l’Université de Sherbrooke and has pursued post-graduate studies in History at Concordia University. He has continued his education in Forensic Anthropology through studies at Mercyhurst College and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His continuing research interests are in Forensic Anthropology and the Archaeology of the Northern Sonora Desert.


Robbyn Seller : Chair

Robbyn Seller

Chair
514-457-6610 ext. 5125
H-336
robbyn.seller@johnabbott.qc.ca

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Anthropology of Sports and Leisure, Anthropology and Environment, Medical Anthropology, Peoples of the World, Race & Racism, Human Evolution, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences.

Biographical information: Robbyn began teaching Anthropology in 1996. She has completed a B.A. honours in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics at Concordia University, an M.A. and Ph.D. at McGill University. Her Master’s work involved an analysis of children’s narratives from the Solomon Islands, focusing on urbanization and cultural and linguistic ‘creolization’. For the Ph.D., Robbyn carried out research in the Caribbean, with a focus on gender identities and relations in the context of decolonization. Robbyn has worked as a fellow or a research associate on various research projects involving immigrant populations in Montreal, notably concerning communication in inter-cultural healthcare situations, and participatory research with Family Medicine at McGill. Her training also includes a graduate course in teaching at the post-secondary level and several teaching workshops, as well as a CIHR-funded fellowship in a transdisciplinary researcher training program.


Courses

COURSES

For a complete list of courses taught by the Anthropology department, please visit both the Social Science and the General Education (Complementary courses) sections of the Course Calendar.

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