• Professor Van Dusenbery

    Van Dusenbery

    Professor of Anthropology
    Chair of the Global Studies Department


    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 behind them.

    "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."

    -Van Dusenbery

  • Selected Publications

    Sikh Diaspora Philanthropy in Punjab:  Global Giving for Local Good
    (co-edited with Darshan S. Tatla).  New Delhi and New York:  Oxford University Press, 2009

    Sikhs at Large:  Religion, Culture, and Politics in Global Perspective.
    New Delhi and New York:  Oxford University Press, 2008

    A Punjabi Sikh Community in Australia:  From Indian Sojourners to Australian Citizens
    (co-edited with Rashmere Bhatti).  Woolgoolga, NSW, Australia: Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre for the Australian Centenary of Federation Project, 2001.

    The Sikh Diaspora: Migration and the Experience Beyond Punjab
    (co-edited with N. Gerald Barrier). Columbia, MO: South Asia Publication and Delhi: Chanakya Publishers, 1989.