Department ofAnthropology

Elizabeth Brusco

Elizabeth Brusco

Professor of Anthropology "Phase Retirement"

253-535-8744 (office)



Transitionalism and Globalization

Kinship and Social Organization

Anthropological Approaches to Gender

Religion and Social Change

Feminist Theory

Ethnography-Ethnology of Latin America and the Caribbean


B.A. in Anthropology, Boston Univeristy, 1974

M.A. in Anthropology, Hunter College/City University of New York, 1982

Ph.D. in Anthropology, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 1986


Elizabeth Brusco decided to become a cultural anthropologist at the age of 15 after hearing the late great Margaret Mead speak at a small library in rural Connecticut. She went on to receive her B.A. in anthropology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the City University of New York. She has conducted field research in Colombia, and published a book on the evangelical movement there entitled _The Reformation of Machismo_ (Univ. of Texas Press 1995). She has also written on gender roles in Colombia and religious persecution in that country. She joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in 1988, and teaches courses on Latin America, the Pacific Islands, Anthropology of Religion, Kinship and Family, Linguistics, and Anthropological Methods. She was also the founding Chair of the Women's Studies Program at PLU in the early 1990s. Her current research interests include religion and culture in the Pacific Islands, and the experiences of new immigrants in the Pacific Northwest.