Program Curriculum

Based on a 2019 survey of AAA members, and in consultation with colleagues from anthropology programs across the US, the three-week curriculum for NSF CAMP is designed to meet the learning needs of contemporary Ph.D. students. The curriculum in the table below integrates and leverages methods from across anthropological subfields. Training students to do methodologically rigorous and innovative work will transform the field of cultural anthropology far into the future.

CAMP ModuleMethods to be Taught
Research Design  Research Design; Proposal Writing, The Exploratory-Confirmatory Continuum; Survey Methods; Online Research Methods; Causal Analysis; Data Management & Archiving
Sample Design  Non-Probability Sampling & Saturation; Sampling for Surveys; Sampling for Online Research
Indigenous MethodsCritical Indigenous Research Methods; Indigenous Storywork; Talanoa; Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Decolonizing MethodsDecolonizing Ethnography; Abolition as Method; Ethnographic Refusal
Participatory Methods  Community-based Participatory Research; Participatory Visual & Digital Methods; Citizen Science
Linguistic MethodsIndexicality Methods; Discourse Analysis; Conversation Analysis
Cross-cultural MethodsCross-cultural Design & Analysis; Cross-cultural Collaboration; International Research Ethics
Qualitative Data AnalysisRapid Ethnography; Reflexivity & Positionality; Theme Identification; Coding & Content Analysis; Grounded Theory & Theoretical Sampling
Relational Analysis  Thinking with Matrices; Relational Analysis; Whole Network Analysis; Personal Network Analysis; Cultural Consensus
Ecological MethodsEthnoecology; Spatial Analysis; Agent-based Modeling
Medical/PsychologicalCross-cultural Psychological Methods; Idioms of Distress; Medical Narratives
Biocultural MethodsAnthropometry & Nutritional methods, Cultural Domain Analysis, Cultural consonance
Ethical researchDoing Collaborative Research; Addressing Sexual Harassment & Assault; Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Teaching approach: Our pedagogical approach was honed over years of teaching methods. A low professor-to-student ratio ensures that we are able to provide high-quality, individualized instruction to students throughout the NSF CAMP. We use a mix of teaching modalities, including hands-on exercises, online lectures (both asynchronous and interactive), student-led presentations, Critical Response Process, and one-on-one instruction. In addition to lectures and hands-on activities, we use small groups to guide students as they apply key lessons to their own research projects. 

Diversity & Inclusion: The rising cohorts of Ph.D. students in anthropology are increasingly diverse, in terms of race, gender, immigration status, age, disabilities, and family responsibilities. To best serve Ph.D.  students’ learning needs, our distinguished faculty is racially-diverse, gender balanced, and represents a range of career stages and anthropology programs nationally. NSF CAMP is accommodating of students’ individual needs, including disabilities and family responsibilities. All are welcome and all are asked to contribute to creating an environment that supports every student.

COVID-19 accommodation: To address COVID-19, the 3-week 2021 CAMP will be fully online.  After one week of intensive online methods study and guided preparation, students will receive two weeks of interactive small group and one-on-one mentorship online. In 2022-2023, students will receive intensive online instruction in week 1 and then convene at UC-San Diego for 2 weeks of in-person instruction and mentoring. If the pandemic extends into the summers of 2022-2023, we will shift to an online-only curriculum (as needed).

Program dates & commitment: In 2021, NSF CAMP will be held online from June 28-July 16. All CAMP activities will be online. Students can expect to be engaged full-time in learning, research, and mentorship activities during for three weeks, just as they would be at in-person CAMP. Instruction and mentorship will be conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes. Students should prepare to be available online while CAMP is in session. NSF CAMP is an intensive, immersive learning experience. 

Sample schedule: Here is an example of what a student’s daily schedule will look like at CAMP.

9:00-10:00Lecture & discussion on a method
10:00-11:00Breakout 1: Project progress
11:00-1:00One-on-one: Research advising
1:00-1:30Lunch break
1:30-2:30Breakout 2: Solve a research problem
2:30-3:30Hands-on Activity
3:30-5:00Individual assignment: Work on your own

Housing: In-person CAMP (2022-2023) will be held at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The UCSD campus has a diverse local population and facilities that can accommodate students of all genders and ethnicities.  The site includes dining services, housekeeping, library access, and exercise facilities. The apartment-style housing ensures that students have access to private or semi-private bathrooms and need not be housed according to binary gender categories. In addition, the apartment housing can accommodate families, as needed, to make NSF CAMP accessible to students with children. All facilities have disability accessibility. The UCSD campus is located just 20 minutes from the San Diego International Airport, with convenient shuttle service available to campus.

Costs to students: The NSF CAMP grant covers all the costs of student instruction, housing, and group meals. Students cover only the cost of their transportation to and from CAMP and must supply their own laptops, paper and pens, etc. Students traveling with families will need to arrange and cover the costs of local daycare and family meals. For summer 2021, there are no travel or meal costs as we will be solely online.

Theme: Elation by Kaira.