Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Material culture and religion, religions of the world, African religions in Africa and in the Caribbean, religion and identity. life histories
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- Ph.D., Anthropology, Wayne State University, 2012
Awards and Grants
2012 Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship
2011 Graduate School Summer Dissertation Fellowship
2010 Office of Teaching & Learning Summer Institute
2009 College of Liberal Arts & Science IT Mini Grant
2009 Humanities Center 2009 Faculty Fellowship
2007/09 Research Enhancement Program Social Science & Humanities
2011 Sherylyn H. Briller and Mary E. Durocher
What is Held Dear: Personhood and Material Culture in Old Age. In Nobody’s Burden: Historical and Critical Perspectives on Women’s Search for Social Security. Ruth Ray and Toni Calassanti, eds. Pp 197-222. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2011 Janet L. Langlois and Mary E. Durocher
The Haunting Fear: Narrative Burdens in the Great Depression. In Nobody’s Burden: Historical and Critical Perspectives on Women’s Search for Social Security. Ruth Ray and Toni Calassanti, eds. Pp 245-269. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2008 Mary Durocher and Gillian Gray
Establishing a Clientele: Cases of Acceptance and Denial for Pensions in Old Age. Special Issue: “Historical Perspectives on Older Women's Struggle for “Security” in Old Age,” Journal of Aging, Humanities and Arts, Official Journal of the Gerontological Society of America, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, December, Vol. 2 (3):175-185.
2008 Janet Langlois, Thomas B. Jankowski, Mary Durocher and Elizabeth Chapleski
Otherwise Destined for Eloise: Dread, Contentment, and the Public Alternative to Private 'Relief' in Old Age. Special Issue: “Historical Perspectives on Older Women's Struggle for “Security” in Old Age,” Journal of Aging, Humanities and Arts, Official Journal of the Gerontological Society of America, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, December, Vol. 2 (3):186-206.
2012 Review of “Remembering Home: Rediscovering the Self in Dementia” (Habib Chaudhury). In Anthropology & Aging Quarterly, September 2012, Volume 33, Number 3. pg. 114.
ANT 3200 Lost Cities & Ancient Civilizations F 2017, 3 credits (2 sections online)
ANT 2100 Introduction to Anthropology, 3 credits
ANT 3600 Anthropology of Religious Thought, 3 credits
ANT 5260 The African Religious Experience: A Triple Heritage, 3 credits
ANT 5370 Magic, Religion and Science, 3 credits
Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught
Study Abroad & Global Programs, Wayne State University
Coordinator, January-June 2015
2015 Cuba Study Trip Cuba: Anthropology in Santiago de Cuba & Havana
Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology, Wayne State University
Exhibit: Follow the Lines: Fishing the Detroit River
Exhibit Curator, 2016
Anthropology Material Culture Lab, Wayne State University, Anthropology Department