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Dr. Scott M. Lacy

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 213
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Scott Lacy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He teaches Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Black Studies courses.  Prof. Lacy is also the founder and Executive Director of African Sky, Inc., a non-profit organization that collaborates with hard-working farm families in rural Mali, West Africa.  His research interests include cross-cultural knowledge production, food systems, and intellectual property rights associated with seed, and more recently, the anthropology of happiness.  He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara where he started his teaching career in the Department of Black Studies as University of California President's Faculty Fellow.  Prior to arriving at his current post at Fairfield University, Lacy taught in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University during his tenure as Marjorie Shostak Endowed Lecturer.

Professor Lacy was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and Achievement from the US House of Representatives in 2011, the same year he was the inaugural awardee for Otterbein University’s Global Intercultural Achievement Award.  He received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Moms on a Mission and the Strategic Solutions Group, Inc.  Since his first years as a teacher, Professor Lacy has received numerous teaching awards and grants from the University of California, and Emory and Fairfield Universities.  His unique teaching style is featured in a DVD/streaming course produced by The Great Courses.  As an innovative instructor, he has mentored Institute of Developing Nations Scholars (Mali, Uganda, Panama) through Emory University and the Carter Center.  His applied teaching has resulted in a number of student projects including community-based research, student research conferences, documentary shorts, and campus sustainability consulting.

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