Dr. Garrett McDowell, no pronouns, please use my name

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  • Ph.D., M.A. (Anthropology), Temple University
  • M.A. (Visual Communication/ Photojounalism), University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. (Anthropology and History), Rhodes College

Garrett McDowell came to the Honors College from a faculty position in anthropology and with professional experience in still photography and graphic design. Dr. McDowell spent two and a half years living and working in Japan during and after graduating from Rhodes College. As a cultural and visual anthropologist, Dr. McDowell studied the post-1990 return migration of Nikkei (of Japanese descent) from Latin America to Japan, and has fieldwork experience in the Soconusco Coast of Chiapas, Mexico, and Lima, Peru. Most recently, teaching interdisciplinary Honors seminars, Dr. McDowell has turned her focus to neurodiversity, contemplative practices, and the global food system. Dr. McDowell was drawn to the Honors College at App State because its commitments to student-centered learning, global education, and community-engaged research and service learning, match her own educational philosophy. 

Title: Honors Academic Mentor (Social Sciences)
Department: Honors College

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2023

Fax: (828) 262-2734

Office address
274 Appalachian Hall
Mailing address
ASU Box 32073 Boone, NC 28608