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As part of our ethnographic field training for anthropology majors, the Department
has placed students with organizations such as Stone Soup Fresno and Fresno Interdenominational
Refugee Ministries (FIRM) to evaluate their organizational strengths and weaknesses.
Henry Delcore is currently working on two research projects in partnership with FIRM.
In one project, Dr. Delcore is advising FIRM on the conduct of a photographic research
project on the housing conditions of new Hmong immigrants; the second project involves
collection of work history data from new immigrants to facilitate their movement into
Hinds Hospice House of Fresno is a small, innovative non-profit firm specializing
in end of life care. Hinds approached the Department and requested help in better
understanding their own organizational culture. In spring 2006, an anthropology major
will intern at Hinds and work toward an analysis of their organizational culture.
Dr. James Mullooly is currently working with the Lyles Center of Entrepreneurial Studies to increase awareness in the business community of the utility of an applied anthropology
of entrepreneurship. One of the proposed fruits of this endeavor will involve getting
business majors to conduct participant observation in their analysis of business enterprises
In spring, 2006, Dr. Mullooly is teaching a version of Anth 105W (Applied Anthropology)
which will focus explicitly on applied research of entrepreneurial activities.
Dr. James Mullooly is currently involved in a research project on the multi-faceted
nature of change and development in the town of Mariposa. He has built partnerships
with the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce and the Mariposa County Town Council. They
are interested in the use of anthropological methods to help them understand their
own community and the social, cultural, and economic changes underway in the entire
Sierra foothills region.
See for example, “The Last Un-commercialized Town in the Sierra Foothills: Depictions
of Change in a Landscape of Stability.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of
the Society for Applied Anthropology. April 5-10, 2005. The research involves the
discussion of a longitudinal study that will investigate how the opening a UC Merced
will impact life (economic, cultural, etc.) of Mariposa.
Dr. Mullooly is working with Dr. Matthew A. Jendian of the Fresno State Department of Sociology and the Director of American Humanics Program and student Amro K. Suboh to investigate
housing concerns in the Fresno. Dr. Mullooly and some of the students in his ethnography
course will use the following report as the impetus for further investigation in the
Fall 2006 - Spring 2007 academic year.