Professor and Chair of the Department


Lisa L. Gezon is a cultural anthropologist who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995. She has been teaching Anthropology at the University of West Georgia since 1996 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her primary research area has been in Madagascar, but she has also conducted research in that state of Georgia (U.S.A.) and in Guatemala. Her interests broadly include health (social, mental, physical) and the environment, considering the ways that they intersect. Her current research focuses on urban live ways in Madagascar, tourism in Madagascar and Guatemala, complementary and alternative health in the U.S. and Guatemala, and health and the built environment in the United States. Sustainability is a theme that runs through all her research, and she has recently used the lens of degrowth and pluriversality to explore what that means. Previously, she studied commodity chains of the drug khat in Madagascar, considering land cover change, rural and urban livelihoods, and the cultural politics of drug policies and perceptions. Earlier research focused on conservation and protected area management (Madagascar). Her research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship.

Education / Degrees

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1995
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • ANTH-4173 (Language and Culture) Section: 01

    Fall 2018 Sections

    • ANTH-2002 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology) Section: 01

    Summer 2018 Sections

    • ANTH-4186 (Internship: Circles USA) Section: E01

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • ANTH-4173 (Language and Culture) Section: 01

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • ANTH-1102 (Intro to Anthropology) Section: 25H
    • ANTH-4130 (Medical Anthropology) Section: 01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • ANTH-4173 (Language and Culture) Section: 01
    • ANTH-4881 (Community Health & Environment) Section: E01

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • ANTH-1102 (Intro to Anthropology Honors) Section: 25H
    • ANTH-2002 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology) Section: 01

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • ANTH-3180 (Environmental Anthropology) Section: 01
    • ANTH-4186 (Internship: Community Health) Section: 02
    • ANTH-5885 (Environmental Anthropology) Section: 01

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • ANTH-1102 (Intro to Anthropology) Section: 91
    • ANTH-4173 (Language and Culture) Section: 01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • ANTH-4130 (Medical Anthropology) Section: 01
  • Publication List

    Gezon, Lisa L. (2012) Drug Crops and Food Security: The Effects of Khat on Lives and Livelihoods in Northern Madagascar. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 34(2): 124-135.

    Gezon, Lisa L. (2012) Conclusion: Why Gender Matters, Why Women Matter. In Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America. Maria Luz Cruz-Torres and Pamela McElwee, eds. The University of Arizona Press.