JUNE 5 - JULY 30

This course covers most of the material that is learned in our Advanced Methods summer session, but is designed for those who are either planning projects (like undergraduate Senior thesis, Masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertations) of whom are in the middle of projects and are seeking some research therapy to help get them on track. All of the theories, ethics, and methods that are discussed in our on-the-ground summer session will be covered.


Students can also conduct their own research during this on-line training session, just as we do here on the island, but at their home locations, within the Covid protocols of their community, or on-line. Students who plan on conducting research projects my apply by May 5th so that we have some time to work on their research proposal prior to the start date. We use the Wenner Gren Foundation format for our student proposals.


Summer 2021 Remote Students will not only learn about the process and methods of professional ethnographic research, but also how anthropology can be used in various ways -- from applied anthropology, to the collection of ethnographic records that can assist on creating insight into the lives and struggles faced by people in various communities as this pandemic unfolds. There are many issues and angles to be addressed and we hope our summer 2021 students will join us in this valuable research effort.


Tuition for the program will be $1,500 USD per student. All reading materials are included. Letters of recommendation, photos, insurance, etc. are not necessary for this course.


All reading materials will be provided. Lectures will be daily for the first week and then fall into a Monday – Wednesday – Friday format for the remaining 7 weeks, with one-on-one zoom meetings happening throughout as the need arises per student/project. Class discussions will be determined based on the best for the group given the various time zones that they be in. Last year, even with students all across the globe, the best time was 1pm EST.


Students who intend to publish their research reports can rely on the faculty to work closely with them well beyond this 8 week session for guidance to help them succeed in publishing their research report. Our 2020 remote session had a wonderful academic journal article produced and we expect more for this summer.


Students must become familiar with the Zoom application prior to the start of the program. All discussions are recorded and downloadable by students so that if they want to review a discussion or if they miss one, it is there for them.


We encourage students at all levels of training and from any discipline to apply, as well as those who may be not connected with a program, but whom want to learn more about ethnographic research, anthropological and sociological methods, theory and practice.


Please email Dr. Todd Pierce, the Director of the program directly if you are interested in joining this summer's research team at