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University Honors Anthropologist Chantal Ferraro for 20 Years of Service


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Chantal FerraroDr. Chantal Ferraro, professor of sociology and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was honored for 20 years of service to LIU Post, at a ceremony on November 16, 2011.

Dr. Ferraro joined the faculty of LIU Post in 1991.  Before receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1991 from the City University of New York, Dr. Ferraro was a licensed registered nurse in both France and New York. After receiving her bachelor's degree in anthropology and in political science in 1983, Dr. Ferraro worked as a translator for Haitian Creole / English at the immigration clinic at the Columbia University School of Law. 

Dr. Ferraro is skilled in several languages including French, English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. As an assistant professor, Dr. Ferraro was awarded the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. Her cultural and physical anthropology skills and expertise have been applied in the field of forensic science leading to her appointment as consulting scientist to the Shelby County Medical Examiner. As author of dozens of scholarly publications and conference papers, Dr. Ferraro's scholarly interests include Cultural and Social Anthropology, Eurohistory, Forensic Anthropology, Peasant Societies, Political Anthropology, South Pacific Islands and Western Europe. A recent publication in the proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences focuses attention on how improper use of sciences and investigative procedures can lead to wrongful conviction.

Dr. Ferraro has been a valuable resource providing cultural experiences to students outside of the traditional classroom boundaries. Dr. Ferraro led students on a tour through upper Paleolithic caves in France, introduced students to the Polynesian culture and people during a Hawaiian excursion, and will be taking a group of students on a travel course to Mexico this summer. 

Posted 11/28/2011

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