Angela Demovic

Sociocultural Anthropologist

Angela R. Demovic 215 Neff Hall
(316) 978-7192

Ph.D., 2007, Tulane University

Area of study/interests

Sociocultural anthropology of Africa, South Asia, and Hawai’i. Theoretical focus on globalization, economics, and gender. Additional interests in tourism development, land tenure, sex work, clothing and the anthropology of the body


Cultural Anthropology (both in classroom and on-line), World Cultures, Magic Witchcraft and Religion, Africa, Women in Other Cultures, Anthropology of the Body, Advanced Studies in Cultural Anthropology, Seminars in Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology of Development, Ethnographic Methods)


Dr. Demovic is a sociocultural anthropologist. Her fieldwork in Zanzibar, Tanzania, concerned tourism development, Islam, culture change, and household economics in rural fishing villages. She has experience as an applied anthropologist, teaching methods of collecting oral histories to parklands’ descendants and employees in Hawai'i. Angela has also completed extensive interview research with sex workers in New Orleans, which has led her to an interest in feminist jurisprudence and the rights of sex workers globally. Her theoretical interests include economics, gender, political change, and globalization.

Dr. Angela Demovic received her BS in psychology, with a secondary major in English literature and a minor in Religious Studies from Western Illinois University. She completed graduate coursework in the departments of Psychology and Anthropology at Tulane University, where she received an MA in Anthropology in 2000 and a PhD in 2007. Although Dr. Demovic is trained as a traditional four fields anthropologist, the academic focus of her doctoral work at Tulane was on the sociocultural anthropology of subSaharan Africa. Her dissertation was based on field research in Tanzania done in 1997 and 2001. After graduation, Dr. Demovic moved to Hawai’I to volunteer for the National Parks Service, teaching oral history classes to park employees and interested community members. Dr. Demovic has experience teaching as a visiting faculty member in departments of Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Psychology. She has been a faculty member at WSU since 2008.

Selected Publications

  • 2008 Veiling the Dangers of Colliding Borders: Tourism and "Danger" in Contemporary Zanzibar. In Women Fielding Danger: Gender Ethnicity, and Ethics Intersecting in Social Science Research. Martha K. Huggins and Marie-Louise Glebbeek, eds.
  • 2006 Identity, Islam, and Incomes in Zanzibar. Presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November, 2006.
  • 2005 Inshallah: Islamic Discourse and Youthful Interpretations of Development in Zanzibar. Presented at the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 2004 Walking Like a Man: The Gendered Use of Space and Tourism Development in Zanzibar. Presented at the 47th Annual Meetings of the African Studies Association. April, 2004.
  • 2004 Ethnopharmacology. In Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Phyllis G. Jestice, ed.
  • 1993 Strippers in New Orleans: A Preliminary Study. Human Mosaic 27(1-2):19-28.
  • 1992 (Majeres, Demovic, and Preston) Reported Head Injury and Sex Differences in Color Naming, Color Matching, and Digit-String Matching. Perceptual and Motor Skills 77: 511-514.