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Jody Taylor Watkins

Jody Taylor Watkins

Associate Teaching Professor // Cornerstone

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Room: WANG 4094


Jody Taylor Watkins was educated at the University of Maine, Vanderbilt University, and Purdue University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology, focusing her research on Welsh identity in relation to language, regional politics and the British state. Her interests include the Welsh diaspora in North America and national and ethnic identity studies. She also has an interest in contemporary applications of classic texts, and has a paper accepted for publication in the 2021 Proceedings of the Association for Core Texts and Courses about how students applied core texts to help them understand and respond to the COVID pandemic.
She has taught integrated Liberal Arts education for over 25 years. She came to Purdue in the Fall of 2018, where she has taught SCLA 101 and 102 in the Cornerstone program. Prior to that, she taught for many years at Saint Joseph's College in both the Sociology department and in the institution's Core program, an integrated liberal arts curriculum required of all students. She served as Director of the intercultural component of the Core program for many years, and received the Teaching Excellence Award.