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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration

Sam Pack

Kenyon College

Sam Pack is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kenyon College in Ohio. His research interests address the relationship between media and culture and specifically focus on an anthropological approach to the production and reception of television, film, photographs, and new media. He has authored almost fifty articles published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes as well as two book manuscripts and two ethnographic films. Dr. Pack teaches a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology, visual anthropology, narrative history, Native American Studies, and Asian Studies. He has undertaken research and/or film projects in Central America (Honduras and Costa Rica), the Arctic (Labrador, Canada), the Middle East (West Bank, Palestine), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines), and East Asia (South Korea and Japan). He also possesses significant experience teaching overseas, having held visiting appointments in universities and research institutes in India, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Palestine, Iceland, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, and Japan. Dr. Pack has also given lectures, attended conferences, and conducted fieldwork in at least a dozen other countries. A number of his research and film projects have included students. He has found collaborating with students to be intensely more gratifying because the sense of accomplishment is shared. In recent years, Dr. Pack has made a deliberate effort to work closely with first-generation college students and/or students of color in order to provide high-impact opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access to them. He is the grateful recipient of the ASIANetwork Freeman Award for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research (2010 and 2017) and Alpha Delta Phi’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2011). Dr. Pack will be joined on this voyage by his wife, Nhechell, and their three-year-old son, Augustus.