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Dr. Ross Sackett

Dr. Ross Sackett

Instructor/Adjunct Faculty



Phone: (901) 678-1424

Office: Manning Hall 310






Research Focus


Ecological anthropology; environment and adaptive strategies; household economics; ecology and nutrition; South American Ethnography and World Ethnography; Latin America with special emphasis on the Andes and Amazonia; global cross-cultural and cultural-historical comparison



Academic Summary


Dr. Sackett earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1996. He has been teaching in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Memphis as an adjunct since the 1980s. He has also taught at Rhodes College and the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, he is an instructor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and primarily teaches courses in anthropology, as well as advises anthropology undergraduate students.



Recent Publications


Kiser, Laurel, Linda A. Bennett, Jerry Heston, Marilyn Paavola, Ross Sackett, and Constance Durbin. “Family Ritual and Routine: An Exploratory Study Comparing Clinical and Non-Clinical Families.” Journal of Family Psychology, 2004.


Finerman, Ruthbeth, and Ross Sackett. “Using Home Gardens to Decipher Health and Healing in the Andes.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 17, no. 4 (Dec. 2003): 459-482.


Johnson, Allen, and Ross Sackett. “Direct Systematic Observation of Behavior.” In Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology, edited by H. Russell Bernard, 301-332. Beverly Hills, CA: AltaMira Press, 1998.


Torun, Benjamin, Peter Davies, Barbara Livingstone, Michael Paolisso, Ross Sackett, and G.B. Spurr. “Energy Requirements and Dietary Energy Recommendations for Children and Adolescents 1-to-18 Years Old.” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 50 (1996): S37-S81.


Finerman, Ruthbeth, and Ross Sackett. “Saraguros.” In Encyclopedia of World Cultures, edited by David Levinson and Johannes Wilbert. New York: Macmillan, 1994.


Paolisso, Michael Jeffrey, and Ross Sackett. Time Allocation Among the Irapa-Yukpa.  Vol. 2, HRAF Comparative Time Allocation Series.  New Haven, CT: Human Relations Area Files Press (HRAF), 1988.



Research Projects


Finerman, Ruthbeth, and Ross Sackett (Co PIs). Research on medical change and medicinal plant use, Ecuador, 2003.


Finerman, Ruthbeth, and Ross Sackett (Co PIs). Research on healthcare of Andean elders, 1996-1998.



Leadership Positions


President, Mid-South Association of Professional Anthropologists, 1990-1991



Courses Taught at The University of Memphis

ANTH 1100

Human Origins and Variation

ANTH 1200

Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3111

Human Paleontology

ANTH 3300

The Ascent to Civilization

ANTH 3511

Culture, Kin, and Family

ANTH 4010

Anthropological Methods of Field Research

ANTH 4111-6111

Human Adaptations

ANTH 4200-6200

Ecological Anthropology

ANTH 4252-6252

Economic Anthropology

ANTH 4541-6541

Nutritional Anthropology

ANTH 7076-8076

Techniques of Anthropological Data Analysis

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