Department of Sociology and Anthropology
MSU Denver Ethnography Lab
The MSU Denver Ethnography Lab is located in CN 106S. For more information, and to reserve and check out equipment, call 303-605-5807.
Lab Overview and Facilities
The MSU Denver Ethnography Lab is a research and training facility dedicated to the documentation and analysis of human culture. As a professional data-gathering method, ethnography involves cultural and linguistic immersion in the community under study and the collection of qualitative data through participant-observation, interviewing, recording of naturally-occurring social interaction, and other techniques. Analysis centers on the patterns and substance of human beliefs and practices as they relate to a diverse set of real world communities and issues.
Housed within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the MSU Denver Ethnography Lab facilitates access to state-of-the-art field equipment and technologies used by professional ethnographers, including high-quality digital audio and video recording equipment, lapel microphones, smartpens, and headsets. PC work stations are outfitted with software for transcribing, analyzing, and archiving digital audio, video, and textual data. The facility also houses a small library. The lab supports courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, as well as sociology and linguistics, providing undergraduate students with hands-on training in ethnographic data-gathering and qualitative data analysis.
Tutoring is available by appointment for the following courses:
- ANT 1310: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
- ANT 2330: Cross-Cultural Communication
- ANT 2500: Anthropology of Language
To schedule a tutoring appointment with one of our student staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please specify which course you would like tutoring in and who your instructor is for that course.
Ongoing Professional Research Projects
- Ch'orti' Mayan Language Documentation and Revitalization Project
- Gesture-Speech Bimodalism in Arapaho Language
- The lab also provides resources and support for ethnographic field programs at Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and for projects in Japan.
Auraria Library Resources for Anthropology Research
Ethnography Lab Personnel
Ethnography Lab Director:
Rebecca Forgash, PhD
Jill Scott, MA
Fall 2020 Ethnography Lab Staff
Angel Castañeda is a senior at MSU Denver who began working in the Ethnography Lab in spring 2020. Angel is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Sociology. He is interested in art, soccer, and hiking, among a number of other things.
TJ Daniel is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and double-minoring in Japanese and Linguistics. She loves the study of languages, and is never tired of learning! Outside of school, TJ enjoys cooking, playing soccer, hiking, and reading.
Nichole Lambert is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and double-minoring in Linguistics and History. She has an adoration for other cultures and languages and is interested in traveling, hiking, and reading in her spare time. In the future she hopes to work with historical and heritage preservation. Nichole joined the Ethnography Lab in the fall of 2018 and is currently the Student Lab Lead.
Victoria Rodgers is a senior at MSU Denver, designing her own major in International Relations with a minor in Anthropology. She loves learning about culture and history and is particularly interested in Africa. She is a collage artist And enjoys all art forms. In the future, Victoria hopes to make a career out of traveling, advocating for human rights, and owning her own product line for ethnic hair and skin. Victoria began working in the Ethnography Lab in the fall of 2020.
Julianna Zellner is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Linguistics. She has always loved learning about languages and cultures and takes advantage of any opportunity she can to travel to new places. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and anything that involves being outdoors. She has worked in the Ethnography Lab since fall 2019.