Associate Teaching Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Cultural Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography and Environmental Affairs
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan M.A. in Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan B.A. in Anthropology, Spanish and Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado


Dr. Kent is a sociocultural anthropologist.  Her areas of interest include transnational migration, globalization, gender, international development, and conservation.  Suzanne also studies the ‘production of consumers’ or the ways that cultural and economic systems shape consumption-related beliefs and behaviors.  She is currently initiating collaboration with a colleague at the University of Memphis on a project concerned with voluntourism and conservation on the island of Utila, Honduras.  Outside of academic life, Dr. Kent enjoys recreating in the mountains, cooking, reading novels, and simply spending time with friends and family.  She also likes to get around town on her bike and is grateful to live in a community that makes this an option!


Transnational migration; globalization; gender; international development; conservation; voluntourism; production of consumers


  • ANTH100, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH200, Cultures and the Global System

  • ANTH400, History of Anthropological Theory

  • ANTH479, International Development Theory and Practice

  • ANTH679, Applications of International Development