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Dr. Scott M. Lacy

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 213
p: x2345
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Current Research Interests

Professor Lacy has worked in Mali since 1994 when he first served in the Peace Corps.  Since then, he has partnered with family farmers, teachers, community leaders, plant scientists, engineers, and a host of other knowledge specialists in Mali and throughout the world.  A two-time Fulbright Scholar (Mali 2001-2002 & Cameroon 2016-2017), Lacy has presented his work as a consultant and/or keynote speaker for Engineers Without Borders, The Peace Corps, The Material Research Society, ICRISAT Mali, the Institute d’Economie Rural (Bamako, Mali), the Guangxi Maize Research Institute (Nanning, China), the D80 Conference, MIT and, Columbia.  Currently, Lacy is working on a book manuscript that chronicles over two decades of friendship and collaboration in southern Mali. His non-profit and academic work has been featured in two major documentaries:  Sustaining Life by Sprint Features (nominated for a 2009 academy award), and the 2017 release, Nyogonfe: Together

Lacy is co-editor and author of two popular textbooks, Applying Anthropology, and Applying Cultural Anthropology, both published by McGraw-Hill.  He has published a number of book chapters and articles that document cross cultural knowledge production in agriculture, community development, engineering, and even nanotechnology.  Professor Lacy has appeared as a panelist on Huffington Post Live, and has been featured in newspapers and magazines including Sports Illustrated.  Lacy is also known for his batik artwork, including one piece that toured the country from 2006-2009 as part of a travelling Smithsonian Folklife Festival exhibit celebrating the US National Parks Service.

Courses Taught

  1. AY 10: Intro Four-Field Anthropology
  2. AY 130: Cultures of Africa
  3. AY 145: Anthropology of Food
  4. AY 200: Anthro Research Methods
  5. AY 399: Independent Study
  6. HR 202: Honors Seminar
  7. SO 399: Independent Research

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