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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


Spring 2022 Ethnography Lab Student Staff

Emma Britt

Emma Britt

Emma Britt is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Linguistics. She has always had an interest in languages. 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.


Phoebe Isaacson

Phoebe Isaacson

Phoebe Isaacson is a recent MSU Denver graduate who majored in Anthropology with a minor in Chicano/a studies. She loves cultural studies and really enjoys the university programs she is involved in. In her free time, she likes to watch documentaries, listen to podcasts, cook, and go on trips to the mountains.


Samantha Ross

Samantha Ross

Samantha Ross is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Japanese. She loves learning about different cultures, languages, and the evolution of humans. Outside of MSU, she enjoys cooking, watching crime shows, and helping her mom foster puppies.


Julianna Zellner

Julianna Zellner

Julianna Zellner is a recent MSU Denver graduate who majored in Anthropology and minored 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 and just finished her stint as the Student Lab Lead.

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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]