Professor Van Dusenbery has been teaching courses at Hamline University since 1993. He received his AB in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1973, his AM in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1975, and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1989. To view Van Dusenbery's Intellectual Biography, please click Intellectual Bio in the Additional Links section.
Professor Van Dusenbery's teaching seeks to engender "deep learning."
Students will be challenged to question conventional thinking on such
questions as how the world works, what motivates people, and the meaning
of life. This is central to Anthropology as a discipline and to the
Liberal Arts more generally. Students will make connections among
different domains of knowledge (cultural, political, economic,
ecological, ideological). This is central to Global Studies and
Anthropology as disciplines with holistic perspectives. As a social
scientist, Dusenbery asks students to test claims against evidence and,
informed by postcolonial theory, to ask who is making the claims, to
what end, based on what assumptions, and with what institutional power
"I teach different courses in different ways. How I teach each course depends on number of different considerations. It depends upon whether it's a big course or a small course. It depends upon what Hamline Plan designations the course carries. It depends upon whether it's an introductory course or an advanced course. It depends upon the substantive content of the course. It depends upon the student makeup of the course. No two courses are taught the same way, and all involve multiple teaching strategies."
Diaspora Philanthropy in Punjab: Global Giving for Local Good
(co-edited with Darshan
New Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009
at Large: Religion, Culture, and Politics in Global Perspective.
New Delhi and New
York: Oxford University Press, 2008
Punjabi Sikh Community in Australia: From Indian Sojourners to Australian
with Rashmere Bhatti). Woolgoolga, NSW, Australia: Woolgoolga Neighbourhood
Centre for the Australian Centenary of Federation Project, 2001.
Sikh Diaspora: Migration and the Experience Beyond Punjab
with N. Gerald Barrier). Columbia, MO: South Asia Publication and Delhi:
Chanakya Publishers, 1989.