Faculty & Staff

Amy Todd, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Urban anthropology, marketplace systems in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mesoamerica, biological anthropology


PhD Brandeis

Additional Information

Amy Todd’s dissertation explored the interaction between formal regulation, economic decision-making and culture on urban markets in Oaxaca, Mexico. Although she is a socio-cultural anthropologist, she was originally trained at UMass/Boston and the University of Arizona in biological anthropology.  Most generally, she is interested in the relationship between “culture” and everything else and recently has been monitoring arguments that aspects of cognition and talent are influenced by genetics and neurology, as well as culture.

She teaches Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at UMass Boston as well as graduate courses on managing cultural diversity at Brandeis University. 

Amy lives in Cambridge with her 9-year-old son.