Sarah Lockridge

Lecturer of Anthropology
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Office Location

300A Bailey Hall


(207) 780-5024

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, Cultural Anthropology, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • M.A., Cultural Anthropology, American University, Washington, D. C.
  • B.A., Anthropology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California


Sarah Lockridge’s interest in the study of cultural anthropology was sparked by an opportunity to tutor Hmong refugees from Laos in their pursuit to become naturalized U.S. citizens while she was an undergraduate student at Humboldt State University. After receiving a B.A. in Anthropology, she entered the Peace Corps as a Forestry and Environment Volunteer and lived for two years in an agricultural community among the Bamana of Mali, W. Africa. After her service, she went to graduate school and received a M.A. and Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from American University in Washington D. C..

Sarah is an economic anthropologist that focuses on economic development, social justice, gender inequality, and environmental sustainability. Her research interests include women’s rights are human rights, indigenous rights as impacted by globalization and climate change, tourism and cultural heritage, as well as gender as linked to empowerment and community development. Most of her research is conducted in Africa and the African diaspora.

Courses Taught:

Sarah has taught the following courses: ANT 101: The Cultural View, ANT 255/WGS 245: Cultures of Africa, ANT 262/TAH 262/WGS 245: Women, Arts, and Global Tourism, ANT 299: Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, WGS 101: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, WGS 201: Women, Knowledge, and Power, EYE 199 Introduction to Food Systems, and HON 101: Introduction to Food Systems.


Recent Public Work

Lockridge, S. 2014. The Situation in Mali Report. International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, Netherlands, pp. 1-124.

Recent Publications

Lockridge, S. Forthcoming. Skin Lightening and Strategies for Change Among Low Status Women of Mali: Contradictory Conceptions of Power and Empowerment. Human Organization.

Lockridge, S. 2012. The Effects of Tourism and Western Consumption on the Gendered Production and Distribution of Bogolan: Development Initiatives and Malian Women as Agents for Change. Cultural Heritage and Economic Encounters in the Age of Global Tourism, eds. S. Lyon and C. Wells, pp. 273-294. Lanham, Maryland: Altamira Press.

Lockridge, R. and S. Lockridge. 2012. Mother Care/Daughter Care: The Bridge that is My Back. Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures, eds. A. Deakins, R. Lockridge, and H. Sterk, pp. 105-120. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America.