Melissa Beresford is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. She received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego.
Melissa's research investigates how people enact, implement, and imagine new and alternative economies. Her current research examines cultural schemas of entrepreneurship across low-resource and high-resource environments in South Africa. For the past two years she has also collaborated on research investigating economic development practices in Bolivia. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
Melissa has been trained in a wide array of social science research methods and is passionate about the exchange of methodological expertise with other social scientists. As such, she teaches the National Science Foundation Research Methods in Anthropology Text Analysis Workshop at the Society for Applied Anthropology and American Anthropological Association annual meetings. She also teaches the graduate-level Text Analysis online course through the University of Florida, which was developed through the National Science Foundation Research Methods in Anthropology training program and is open advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.
Melissa also teaches various undergraduate classes at ASU including Food and Culture, the Global Health Research Practicum, and the Senior Seminar in Global Health. She is committed to inclusion and access in higher education, seeing high-quality online education as a key element in this endeavor. From 2012 through 2015 she supervised the development of the online Anthropology and Global Health programs in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU, including collaborating on building over a dozen new online courses in anthropology and global health. Based on this experience, she and her colleagues designed and now teach "Online Teaching 101" as a workshop at the American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings in order to share best practices for teaching anthropology in an online environment.
PhD, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2012-2018
MA, Social Sciences/Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2007-2008
BA, Urban Studies and Planning, University of California, San Diego, 2001-2005
Economic anthropology; institutions; global capitalism; development; entrepreneurship; alternative economies; food and water; ethnographic research methods; text analysis; South Africa & United States
Economic anthropology; institutions; global capitalism; development; entrepreneurship; alternative economies; food and water; ethnographic research methods; text analysis; South Africa & United States.