News and Events
CCS is proud to congratulate Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn, who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (effective Sept. 1, 2021)
CCS is delighted to welcome Dr. Debarati Sen as a new Associate Professor of Anthropology, starting in January 2021.
Congratulations! Dr. Luca Oliva has accepted an offer as tenure-track Assistant Professor, effective Fall 2021
CCS will host Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton) as a Scholar-in-Residence, April 25-29, 2022
Dr. Nicholas De Genova has been appointed to chair a Special Committee on Race and Social Justice in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
CCS was the UH sponsor of two art installations at The Blaffer Art Museum, April 17 – May 15, 2021: “ Hostile Terrain 94” AND “ Detention Nation,” addressing the humanitarian crisis for migrants and refugees crossing the US-Mexico border
Mapping the “Venezuelan” Crisis: Venezuela through the Looking Glass
The Cultures of U.S. Empire — February 26, 2021, 3-5 p.m.
The Politics of Migration and Border Control across the Americas during the Pandemic — February 5, 2021, 12-2 p.m.
Congratulations! Dr. Christian Eberhart and Dr. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, who were both honored as “50-in-5” Scholars for having achieved national or international recognition in their scholarly pursuits.
Congratulations! Dr. Elizabeth Farfán-Santos and Dr. Luca Oliva have both been awarded the 2020 Ross M. Lence Award for Teaching Excellence.
CCS faculty engage the protests for racial justice following the police murder of George Floyd.
CCS researchers engage the COVID-19 pandemic.
The undergraduate Anthropology program ranked #15 nationally on the 2020 Best Colleges list, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard.
CCS awarded $45,000 in scholarships during 2019-20, and $19,500 in 2020-21.
Welcome to Comparative Cultural Studies
The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies (CCS) at the University of Houston is an interdisciplinary department offering degree programs in Anthropology (BA, BS, MA) Liberal Studies (BA, BS), Religious Studies (BA) as well as undergraduate minors in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Collaboration across these programs enhances the strengths of each and encourages cross-cultural learning and understanding.
Students in CCS explore the historical and present-day production of cultures and the ways in which cultural constructs affect the political, social, and aesthetic relationships that shape human communities. CCS prepares students to understand and apply a comparative approach to cultural difference and change in a globalized world.
By creating a shared space for interdisciplinary learning and research, particularly through engaged community-based public scholarship in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region, CCS enhances the comparative cross-cultural opportunities available in each of its component curricular programs: Anthropology, Liberal Studies, and Religious Studies.
CCS provides students with the foundation for lifelong learning, and the critical intellectual tools for a wide range of careers – in education, research, media and communications, business, government and policy-making, law, healthcare, and the other professions.
Goals of Comparative Cultural Studies
- analyze and understand diverse cultures from multiple disciplinary perspectives;
- to inspire, promote, and develop cross-cultural understanding and literacy through the comparative study of distinct belief systems and symbolic, textual, and performative traditions;
- to provide the skills and knowledge to understand and work in cross-cultural and global contexts
Our students gain the comparative cultural knowledge and cross-cultural skills to become effective thinkers and culturally sensitive leaders in the global workplace as well as in diverse local communities.