Amy Cox Hall



My teaching philosophy is rooted in my experiences working with a diverse array of students at Amherst College, University of Florida and University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Engaging with this varied student body has improved both my teaching and my scholarship as I have sought to develop courses to engage student interest and expand student learning.  My goal is that students leave my courses better informed and equipped to negotiate and influence their futures. I currently teach at Amherst College.



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The Photograph

This course examines photography as a social actor and its history in telling truths and making facts. 

Food & Culture

This first year seminar examines the varied facets of food as a socio-cultural phenomenon to understand how what we eat constitutes who we are and who we want to become. 

Latin American Nations

Builds on histories and anthropologies of Latin America to understand its complex production since independence. 

Anthropology of Science

Focuses on the role scientific practices and technologies play in cultural production. 

Faraway Places

Draws on histories of scientific expeditions, colonialism, pilgrimage, migration, trade and tourism to think about what it means to travel and how travel shapes identity, place, space and time. 


I have also taught courses on ethnographic film, the politics of humanitarian aid, and museum theory.