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Dr. Bambi Chapin 











Contact Information:

(410) 455-2082

Academic Program/Department:

Sociology and Anthropology –

When did you start working at UMBC?


Degree/Academic Program/Institution History

B.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Academic and Research Interests

Psychological Anthropology

Child Development across Cultures

Mental Health and Illness

Trance and Spirit Possession

Sri Lanka/South Asia

Other Hobbies and Areas of Interest




What is your favorite class to teach? Why?

I have really loved all of the classes I have had a chance to teach at UMBC, but probably my favorite is ANTH 211: Cultural Anthropology. Since this class is a lower-level class that meets a “Culture” credit, it draws students from across the university with all sorts of interests and experiences. It is really exciting to talk about cultural variety, about writing and argumentation, and about social justice with such a diverse group. Not only are these issues I feel passionate about, but I always learn so much myself!

What makes you proud to be a Retriever?

I am proud to be part of a community in which we are all learners and we are all scholars and researchers. 

What advice would you share with students about being successful at UMBC?

Be curious. Pay attention. Talk to all sorts of people. Don’t restrict your learning to what you think will get you a job. And make sure you get enough sleep!