Professor of Anthropology
Claudia Chang has taught at Sweet Briar College since 1981. She received her master's and doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her specialties include ethnoarchaeology, archaeology, Central Asia and the Mediterranean.
Chang is the director of an international field research project on the archaeology of the Iron Age in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has been a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in 1994-1995 at the Kazakh State University in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in 2006 at Banasthali Vidyapith University in Rajasthan, India. In 2015-2016 she is a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University.
In 1994, she edited, with Harold A. Koster, "Pastoralists at the Periphery: Herders in a Capitalist World" (University of Arizona Press). She also has edited volumes on Kazakh prehistory and archaeology, as well as co-edited an exhibition catalog, "Of Gold and Grass: Nomads of Kazakhstan" in 2006 (Foundation for International Arts and Education, Bethesda, Md.). Chang is the author of more than 25 articles in her field.
At Sweet Briar, she teaches courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology.
Professor of Anthropology
After majoring in history at Smith College and studying archaeology at Boston University, Deborah Durham earned a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1993.
Since the 1980s, Durham has conducted research on cultural identity, liberalism and democracy, and on youth groups and discourses of youth in Botswana, focusing on the Herero community of Mahalapye. More recently, she has been engaged in fieldwork on retirement, aging and the middle class in western Turkey, work begun with a Fulbright research grant in 2007-2008.
Durham has received grants from, among others, the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the American Council of Learned Societies. She also spent a year as a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. In 2014-15 Durham received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for Humanities, and Sweet Briar College.
Durham is co-editor with Jennifer Cole of two books, "Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy" and "Figuring the Future: Globalization and the Temporalities of Children and Youth." She has published numerous articles and chapters in edited books and convened conferences on anthropological topics.
Durham has been at Sweet Briar since 1993, where she has directed the Honors Program and taught a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology.
While in Turkey on summer research projects, Durham misses her three cats, Cengiz Bey, Lâle, and Zeki.
Adjunct Instructor of Archaeology
Perry A. Tourtellotte started his career in archaeology in the 1960s. While in high school, he attended his first archaeological field school, and the summer before he started college he had his first paid job as an archaeologist.
After graduating from Hartwick College with an anthropology degree with concentrations in archaeology and geology, Tourtellotte started his career working on a highway survey in Central New York and conducting an archaeological survey in the highlands of Costa Rica.
He spent several years working on historic and prehistoric archaeological projects in New York, North Carolina and Virginia.
In 1984, Tourtellotte received a master's in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Since that time, he has worked on contract archaeology projects in central Virginia and as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Jefferson National Forest.
Tourtellotte also has worked with his wife, Claudia Chang, on an ethnoarchaeological project in northwestern Greece, and has spent many years conducting archaeological surveys and excavations in Southern Kazakhstan. In 2008, he and Chang received medals from the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education for their contributions to science and history of Kazakhstan.