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
In recognition of CCS’ commitment to racial justice, the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership in the Hobby School of Public Affairs is partnering with CCS to fund a Scholar-in-Residence during the 2021-22 academic year.
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 is the principal sponsor of two art installations — "HostileTerrain94," addressing the deaths of migrants and refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and a virtual tour of "Detention Nation," addressing the conditions of migrant detention in the United States — to be exhibited in the Blaffer Art Museum, April 17 – May 15, 2021.
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 at the University of Houston ranked #15 nationally on the 2020 Best Colleges list, based on the median early-career salary data of over 5 million graduates from the U.S. Department of Education's resource, College Scorecard.
CCS awarded $45,000 in scholarships during 2019-20, and $19,500 in 2020-21.
About Comparative and Cultural Studies at UH
The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies 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 among these programs enhances the strengths of each, and encourages cross-cultural learning and understanding.
Students in these programs explore the historical production of cultures and the ways in which cultural constructs affect the political, social, and aesthetic relationships that shape human communities. By creating a shared space for interdisciplinary scholarly debate and student learning, the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies enhances the comparative cross-cultural opportunities inherent in its constituent disciplines.
CCS provides students with the foundation for lifelong learning and the intellectual tools for a wide range of careers in education, research, media and communications, business, government and policy-making, and the professions.
Goals of Comparative Cultural Studies
- to compare cultures from diverse disciplinary perspectives;
- to explore the universals of human experience, as well as practices and belief systems unique to particular cultures;
- to inspire, promote, and develop cultural understanding and visual literacy through the comparative study of distinct belief systems and symbolic and performative traditions;
- to provide students with the intellectual tools and interdisciplinary vocabularies to work in the complex networks that define cultural production worldwide;
- 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 and in local communities.