Cultural anthropologists study the diversity of human cultures and societies around the world and the processes by which people construct local, regional and global forms of social relationships. Several anthropologists in our department study the processes by which people construct particular social identities, worldviews, and forms of community in a changing, globalizing world. In the contemporary world, much ethnography addresses the manner in which people in local communities orient themselves to global networks and institutions. We have particular strengths in work on gender and kinship, religious identities, indigeneity, migration and transnationality, modernity, colonialism, comparative jurisprudence, and local appropriations of mass media. Some of our faculty also specialize in the diverse ways that humans around the world adapt to and transform the ecological environment in which they live. Geographically, our faculty focus on the Americas and East Africa.