Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2007
Office: Howard Hall 328
On Leave, 2012-2013
Professor Ansell’s research focuses on political participation and sustainable development in contemporary Brazil, and in Latin America in general. His doctoral dissertation examined the impact of the Brazilian anti-poverty program, “Zero Hunger,” on subsistence cultivators in the arid hinterlands of the northeast. His other scholarship includes an analysis of the local speech genres that shape the way villagers implement development projects, as well as a study of how fund-raising auctions allow Brazilians to combine the values of political nepotism with those of democratic citizenship. Professor Ansell’s courses at Monmouth University focus on the symbolism of food and eating, Brazilian culture and history, and various theoretical topics within cultural, linguistic and political anthropology.
"‘But the Winds Will Turn Against You’: An Analysis of Wealth-Forms and the Discursive Space of Development in Northeast Brazil," American Ethnologist (December 2008).