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Isabel Scarborough


Dr. Isabel Scarborough is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Arts, Media, and Social Sciences at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. She teaches courses including Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Introduction to Anthropology.

Research Interests

Cultural heritage, nation building, Andean ethnography, indigeneity and gender. 

Research Description

For the 2021 International Studies Research Lab at UIUC, Dr. Scarborough researched a white paper about the adoption of open access educational material at community colleges titled "A Review on the Impact of Open Access Course Materials on Community Colleges: Student Success and Social Equity". The paper explores the current ecosystem for open access materials that explore global studies and the social sciences.


For the 2022 ISRL, Dr. Scarborough will develop a plan for revitalizing Parkland Community College's International Studies program. 


International Studies Research Lab — 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022



Awards and Honors

Mellon American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 2021

Wenner-Gren Anthropology Foundation, Faculty Engaged Anthropology Grant

Fullbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow

Wenner-Gren Anthropology Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Awardee

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UIUC



Additional Campus Affiliations

Department of Anthropology, UIUC

Recent Publications

“In Search of a New Indigeneity: Archaeological and Spiritual Heritage in Highland Bolivia.” Nova Religio, 22(4). May 2019. Winner, Sixteenth Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religions. Awarded by the American Academy of Religion and the Editorial Board of Nova Religio.

“Ethnology: South America Highlands.” Review of ethnology scholarship from the South American Highlands 2016–2018. Handbook of Latin American Studies, Library of Congress, 73: 102–122. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2018.