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Bonnie Glass-Coffin

Bonnie Glass-Coffin

Cultural Anthropology

Undergraduate Program Director, Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Logan Campus, OM 245A0730 Old Main HillLogan UT 84322
Phone: (435) 797-4064

Educational Background:

1992, Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

1985, M.A. in Anthropology,  University of California, Los Angeles

1980, B.A., Spanish Literature/Anthropology combined, Whitman College

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Cultural Anthropology, Peoples of Latin America, Methods and Careers, Medical Anthropology: Matter, Culture, Spirit, and Health, Contemporary Issues in Anthropology, Ethnographic Field School, Shamanism


Medical anthropology, shamanism, religion, gender, applied anthropology, community development; Latin America, Utah


Bonnie Glass-Coffin, PhD, is a Professor of Anthropology and an Affiliate Professor of Religious Studies at Utah State University as well as a past Managing Editor for the journalAnthropology of Consciousness. She is an award winning teacher, (she was the 2004CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for the State of Utah) and she strives to "bridge head and heart in higher education" through both her research and teaching. To that end, her research focuses on shamanic states of consciousness as a tool for transformation, of individuals, communities, the planet, and the discipline of anthropology. She is also committed, in her pedagogy, to the development of curricula and programming that encourages students, faculty, administrators and staff to engage the "Big Questions" in their lives while fostering compassion, empathy and respect for people of religious and spiritual traditions other than their own. She works with multiple stakeholders at her university on the "USU Interfaith Initiative" in support of this goal. Among her many publications are: The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru(University of New Mexico Press, 1998), Anonimo Mexicano (with Richley Crapo, Utah State University Press, 2005) and Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life (with don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Rainbow Ridge Books, 2013).