Kimberly K. Cavanagh, PhD

Kimberly K. Cavanagh, PhD

Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Library 258
One University Boulevard
Beaufort, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8347
Kimberly K. Cavanagh, PhD

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. I hold a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (2013), as well as an MA in Cultural Anthropology (2006), and a Graduate Certificate in Visual Anthropology (2007) from the University of South Carolina. I also earned two undergraduate degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada: Anthropology (2003) and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Classical Archaeology (1999). I am the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award (2019-2020) and a Fulbright Student Award (2008-2010). In 2012, I was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in Social Sciences by University of South Carolina Education Foundation.

I have been conducting ethnographic research since 2005. My research on identity, tourism development and the Middle East guides my work in the classroom where I encourage students to not only be aware of global cultures but also to appreciate differences. More recently, I have begun a research agenda closer to home. In 2019 I began a new collaborative project with Dr. Audrey Dawson, exploring the archaeology of the Barnwell Site on Hilton Head Island. Currently I am using digital ethnographic methodologies paired with archival and media-based research, to explore the fragility of two tourism-dependent economies (Hilton Head Island, SC and Aqaba, Jordan), highlighting challenges encountered by two communities, as they attempt to survive this moment.

I am an active campus citizen and sit on several committees promoting student scholarship and research, including the Student Research and Scholarship Day Committee (co-chair), the International Programs Committee and it’s Fulbright and International Opportunities sub-committee, and the Student Scholarships and Fellowships Committee.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in Cultural Anthropology. The University of South Carolina 2013

MA in Cultural Anthropology. The University of South Carolina 2006

BA in Anthropology. Carleton University 2003

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Classical Archaeology. Carleton University 1999

  • ANTH B101 - Primates, People and Prehistory
  • ANTH B102 - Understanding Other Cultures
  • ANTH B312 - Contemporary Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • ANTH B344 - Anthropology of Tourism
  • ANTH B351 - The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH B385 - Gender and Language Use
  • ANTH B399 - Independent Study
  • ANTH B452 - Medical Anthropology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Tourism
  • Development and Globalization
  • Issues surrounding identity creation, negotiation and representation
  • Anthropology of childhood and the cross-cultural examination of children's museums and the power of play in early childhood
  • Gender and Pedagogy
  • Culture of nursing care in the Lowcountry
  • Using archaeology to reframe the early history of Hilton Head Island