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About Us

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 [email protected]. In your email, please specify which course you would like tutoring in and who your instructor is for that course.

Ongoing Professional Research Projects

Ethnography Lab Personnel

Ethnography Lab Director: 
Rebecca Forgash, PhD

Department of Sociology and Anthropology Lab Coordinator:
Jill Scott, MA


Fall 2022 Ethnography Lab Student Staff

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Hisashi Araya-Kjeseth

Hisashi Araya-Kjeseth is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Biology. Hisashi came to the United States from Japan in 2006 and is fluent in both Japanese and English. His hobbies include Judo and swimming.



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Dre Bacon

Dre Bacon is a senior at MSU Denver with a double major in Linguistics and Anthropology. They love learning about other cultures and people and how their language reflects that, and they have a passion for language preservation and evolution. In their free time, they enjoy playing dungeons and dragons, video games, and reading.


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Raine Barker

Raine Barker is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in History. They love learning about monster folklore, queer history, cross-cultural studies, and trying new foods. Outside of school they enjoy embroidery, watching disaster movies, reading, and playing with their cat, Oscar.


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Emma Britt

Emma Britt is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Linguistics. She is currently working on the Ch’orti’ Project in the lab. Outside of school, she enjoys playing video games and reading books. She has worked in the Ethnography Lab since spring 2021 and is the current Student Lab Lead.


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Marissa Erickson

Marissa Erickson is a senior at MSU Denver double majoring in Anthropology and IDP Interdisciplinary Community Studies. She loves learning about culture, language, interaction, and historical social/cultural movements. In her free time, Marissa likes playing instruments, growing rare and ancient plant varieties, and making art.


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Cassie Gibbs

Cassie Gibbs is a Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor, with plans to work in the field of Forensic Psychology. Research is a passion of hers. She is the Previous President of the MSU Denver Psychology Research Club, and completed her thesis on Witness Preparation for the Female Sexual Assault Victim. Outside of school Cassie enjoys spending time with her dog, Opal and cat, Esther.


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Sophia Gordon

Sophia Gordon is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in English. She loves exploring new cultures and perspectives and has an interest in learning languages. In her free time Sophia enjoys reading, playing piano, cooking, and writing.



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Lucien Herzog

Lucien Herzog is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Linguistics and double-minoring in Japanese and Spanish. He has always loved studying languages and learning how they work. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, drawing, and attempting to catch up on Critical Role.

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MSU Denver Ethnography Lab

Campus Location:
Central Classroom 106S

Mailing Address:
MSU Denver Ethnography Lab
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Campus Box 28, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362


[email protected]