Trained in anthropology and sociology, Dr. Altaïr Despres examines how international mobility and transnational experiences shape social trajectories and hierarchies in sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in both West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso) and East Africa (Zanzibar-Tanzania).
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Sevda Numanbayraktaroglu specializes in the field of human development across the life span with an emphasis on the social constitution of the self and gendered emotional subjectivity. Much of her research addresses the topics of the self and language, subjectivity and social change, and language socialization. Her work focuses on Turkey, and combines ethnographic, quantitative, and discourse analytic methods.
Research Associate Professor
Lindsey Richland investigates children's memory and analytical reasoning development. Much of her work explores children's emergent ability to think about relationships and make inferences such as through metaphor and analogy.