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Marcus Griffin
P.O. Box 1068
Newport News, VA 23601
[email protected]


Current Position

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Christopher Newport University

Academic Training

1996 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1994 M.A. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1991 B.A. Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa



2000-Present Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Christopher Newport University

  • Human Adaptation
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • Food and Culture
    • Ethnographic Research Methods
    • Human Ecology
    • Practicum in Anthropology
    • Multicultural Education
    • Peoples and Cultures of Oceania
    • Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
    • Microsociology
    • Politics, Leadership, and Power

2000 Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University

  • Native North Americans
    • Introduction to Anthropology (four-field)

1999 College for Lifelong Learning, University System of New Hampshire

  • Introduction to Human Development

1998 Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Food and Drink in Culture and Societies

1997-2002 Office of Continuing Education, Guided Individual Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • History of Southeast Asia
    • Introduction to Ethnography
    • Comparative Family Organization

1997 Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Cultural Anthropology

1992-96 Graduate Teaching Assistant: Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Cultural Anthropology
    • Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia

Scholarship: Publications


Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
Dr. F. K. Lehman, Advisor

The Agta view their environment in terms of a social landscape and base their exploitation of resources on the availability and quality of social connections. With whom the Agta work is more important to them than whether they act as foragers, traders, paramilitary scouts, farmers, or wage laborers. They work as kinfolk. I use a formal theory of kinship (Lehman and Witz 1974, Witz and Lehman 1979, Lehman 1993) to illustrate how Agta society operates through kinship. This study demonstrates that social relations are not necessarily products of economic systems.

Recent Publications:

n.d. Review Essay: Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, & Environmental Change in Honduras & the United States. Soluri, John. University of Texas Press. 2005. In Gastronomica.

n.d. Review Essay: Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture. E.N. Anderson. New York University Press. 2005. In Food, Culture, & Society.

n.d. Critical Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation in the Northern Philippines: A Case Study. In Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society.

n.d. Review Essay: Kinship and Continuity: British Pakistanis in Britain. Shaw, Alison. Harwood Academic Publishers. 2000. In International Journal of Contemporary Sociology.

2006 The Liberal Arts and Sciences University Job Market. In Anthropology News 47 (3):33.

2005 Kinship and Social Network Analysis. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 4th Edition.Patricia Rice and David McCurdy (eds.) New York: Prentice Hall.

2005 Public ociology. In Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change, 4th Edition. Joseph F. Healey. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press.

Old Publications:
Journal Articles or Book Chapters

2000 “Homicide and Aggression Among the Agta of Eastern Luzon, the Philippines: 1910-1985.” In Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern Context: Conflict, Resistance, and Self-Determination. Peter Schweitzer, Megan Biesele, and Robert K. Hitchcock (eds.) London: Berhghan.

2000 “Agta Hunting and Sustainability of Resource Use in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines.” InHunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests. John G. Robinson and Elizabeth Bennet (eds.) New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 325-335 (with P. Bion Griffin).

2000 “The Agta of Eastern Luzon, the Philippines” In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 289-293 (with P. Bion Griffin).

1997 “The Cultural Assumptions of an Integrated Conservation Development Project (ICDP): The Northern Sierra Madre Wilderness Park, the Philippines.” In Pilipinas 28:1-11.

1997 “Agta Foragers: Alternative Histories and Cultural Autonomy in Luzon.” In The Australian Journal of Anthropology 8(3):259-269 (with P. Bion Griffin).

1996 “The Cultural Identity of Foragers and the Agta of Palanan, Isabela, the Philippines.” InAnthropos 91:111-123.

1994 “Shifting Political Economy and the Breakdown of Conflict Resolution: The Agta of Northeastern Luzon.” In Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern Context, Vol. 1. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Linda J. Ellana and Victor Shnirelman (eds.) Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences. pp. 225-233.

1992 “Fathers and Childcare Among the Cagayan Agta.” In Father-Child Relationships: Cultural and Biosocial Contexts, Barry Hewlett (ed.), Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. pp. 297-320 (with P. Bion Griffin).

Technical Reports/Manuals:

2001 Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan for Ft. Bragg, Camp Mackall, and Simmons Army Airfield. XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.

2000 Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan: United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.

2000 Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan: Department of The Navy, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.


1994 Power from the Forest: The Politics of Logging. Vitug, Marites Danguilan. Manila: Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. In Pilipinas 23(2):109-110.

1994 Forestry for People and Nature: Field Research and Theory on Environment and Development in the Cagayan Valley, Philippines. van den Top, Gerhard (ed.) Isabela, the Philippines: Cagayan Valley Programme on Environment and Development. In Pilipinas23(2):83-84.

1994 Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines. Broad, Robin with John Cavanagh. Berkeley: University of California Press. In New Asia Review 1(2):73-74.

1994 The Tasaday Controversy: Assessing the Evidence. Headland, Thomas (ed.). AAA Scholarly Series, Special Publication No. 28. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association. In Asian Perspectives Vol. 33(2):367-370.

Popular Press Articles or Stories:

1995 “Katalakai.” Mabuhay (in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines) 16(4):18-22.

1994 “Return to Palanan.” Mabuhay (in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines) 15(3):26-31.

Scholarship: Research Grants

2006 CLAS Dean’s Office Grant, CNU: Critical Heritage Management and Environmental
Conservation in the Northern Philippines.

The destruction of biodiversity has an adverse impact on the physical and social health of
local human populations. Critical heritage management projects must therefore take into
account biodiversity preservation and environmental justice in their efforts to sustainably
develop remote rural communities. Using an evolutionary model for understanding
change in human societies, the overall objective of this research is to understand how
environmental degradation affects the biocultural integrity of local communities.

2005 Faculty Development Grant, CNU: Ethnographic Research Methods Summer Fieldschool Design in Honolulu, HI.

This project seeks to establish an interdisciplinary field research site in Hawaii. The
initial effort, funded specifically by this proposal, is to design a six-credit summer
fieldschool in social statistics and ethnographic research method and establish the
necessary partnerships with the College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at
Manoa. Based on the success of the initial fieldschool, other disciplines such as biology
and environmental science, may join the partnership and conduct their own field-based
research method schools.

2004 The Tablet PC as Primary Instructional Device: A Test of Learning Outcomes.
Information Technology Services, Christopher Newport University. Co-
investigator with Michelle Chan, ITS CNU.

This project will investigate during the spring 2005 term the learning outcomes of three
introductory anthropology classes to assess how instructional technology affects student
performance. The hypothesis being tested in an effort to falsify the statement is: student
performance scores will increase as interactive and collaborative instructional technology
use in the learning environment increases.

1993-95 “Palanan Agta Kinship, Cultural Heritage, and Environmental Conservation” Conservation International, Asia and Pacific Program

Ethnographic research conducted on economic strategies, kinship, social organization, and family group mobility among the Agta of Palanan, Isabela, Philippines. Genealogies, structured and unstructured interviews, census, and residence area mapping conducted to obtain vital statistics on the Palanan Agta and quantify the fluidity of residence group composition, ancestral domain boundaries, and resource use. Community organization activities performed to find a means of livelihood and self-determination among the Agta prior to the enforcement of legal restrictions on extracting forest and aquatic resources. Indigenous people’s organization promoted. Baseline data collected to measure future change and the significance of social relations for economic activities.

1991 “Homicide Patterns Among Northern Cagayan Agta” Luce Foundation Grants-in-Aid through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Ethnographic survey of Agta violence in Eastern Luzon, Philippines. Field research conducted on the significance of deteriorating social and economic relations between the Agta and local farmers, soldiers, and politicians for intra-kin and alcohol related violence among the Agta.

Scholarship: Professional Experience:

1997-2000 Cultural Anthropologist, U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (USACERL), Land and Heritage Conservation Branch

  • Worked with cultural resource managers from over twelve installations in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps
    • Consulted over thirty federally recognized Native American Tribes regarding Native American human remains and funerary objects, Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs), and sacred sites
    • Assisted installations to develop a consultation relationship with federally recognized Native American Tribes
    • Assisted military installations to develop Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans (ICRMPs) at Washington Navy Yard, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, and US Army Fort Bragg
    • Co-developer of the ICRMP Electronic Toolbox, an electronically based resource for writing ICRMPs funded by the Legacy Program and developed at USACERL.

1996-97 Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Post-Doctoral Fellow, U.S. Army Construction Research Laboratories, Land Management Laboratory, Cultural Resources Research Center.

• Developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Comprehensive Agreements (CAs) between Native American tribal governments and U.S. Army Forces Command installations for the treatment, protection, and disposition of Native American remains and funerary objects according to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA).

1991-92 Research Assistant, U.S. Army Construction Research Laboratories, Land Management Laboratory

  • Developed service manuals for the Environmental Compliance Assessment System (ECAS)
    • Tested ECAS manuals on the Alaska Army National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Okeechobee, Florida.


Coordinator of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Current International Study Abroad Advisory Committee

  • Committee on Undergraduate and Graduate Research
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology Merit, Tenure, and Promotion Standards Subcommittee


  • Peer Review Committee Chair for Marion Manton
  • Peer Review Committee for Steve York and Eduardo Perez
  • Academic Technology Advisory Committee (Vice Chair, 2004-Present)
  • Academic Task Force on Curriculum and Academic Life (2002-2003)
    • First Year Experience subcommittee chair
  • Web Standards Advisory Committee (2003)
  • Library Capital Improvement Committee (2002)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Advisory Pool
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology Search Committee (chair, twice)
  • University Librarian Search Committee
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Search Committee


I was the peer mentor for Dr. Marion Manton, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Dr. Peter Snow, Department of English in 2005. I was also the faculty mentor for Jennifer Barton and Chris Singarella as part of CNUConnect in 2005. I was a faculty mentor for the President’s Leadership Program between 2003 and 2005.

Community Outreach:

  • Guest Lecture, “Domestic Honey Production in the Philippines,” Tidewater Beekeepers Association, September 2006
  • Guest Lecture, “Wild Honey Collection among the Agta of Northeastern Luzon, the Philippines,” Tidewater Beekeepers Association, October 2005
  • SmartRoomware Training, New Horizons Governors School, September 2005
  • Computer Technology Institute for CNU-NNPS Teachers’ Academies June 2002

CNU Development

  • Professional training on SmartRoomware for CNU faculty (October 2006)
  • Professional training on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to CNU staff (October 2001)
  • Anthropology Overview for Lifelong Learning Society (2001)
  • PLP Faculty Mentor (2003-2005)