My Story

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, 90 miles from the Mexican border, though I didn’t think about that until I was 17, when I spent a summer in Guadalajara studying Spanish, and developed an endlessly fascinating sense of marvel with our neighboring country. After getting a degree in History at the University of Michigan, I studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Texas and developed research interests in indigenous ethnic identity, language and culture, shamanism, and tourism. I continued to travel every year to continue research in Oaxaca, Mexico. Warren Wilson has allowed me to share my love of ALL of anthropology, and not become fixed in a particular subfield.

Ben Feinberg
The Warren Wilson College Forest


  • B.A. in History, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • The Politics of Representation and Identity
  • Indigenous Cultures of Mexico
  • Anthropology of Tourism

Courses Taught

  • ANT 2410: Native Peoples of Mexico
  • SOC 3170: Social Theory
  • ANT 4150: Subculture

Crews and Other Activities

  • Coordinate the Annual Capstone Carnival
  • Supervisor of Social Sciences Crew

Contact Dr. Feinberg

(828) 771-3709
Boon 119
WWC CPO 6065

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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