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Phyllis Ressler

DEPARTMENT: Harrisonburg LOM

POSITION: Adjunct Faculty

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | n/a


Research, writing, and teaching in the field of Cultural Anthropology with a focus on cross-cultural perspectives, migration/immigration/refugees, and foods and culture. Additional areas of study and work include: textiles as a window onto cultural understanding, Anthropology of Food, and cultural diversity in the media.


  • MA Anthropology /Sociology- School of Oriental and African Studies – London UK-2008
  • Advanced Intercultural Management Certificate – University of Notre Dame – USA – 2015
  • Certificate on-Line instruction/Eastern Mennonite University, VA USA 2017


Penn State, Harrisburg campus, International Education Week

Kanga- The Cloth that Reveals – November 2017, Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2014 – Kenya Mambo Poa Program – Washington DC, USA

Research and publication of, Kanga Stories, a book on the Kanga textile in East Africa and the Indian Ocean region, Prepared for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival/2014.

Kanga Stories Exhibition and presentations – Produced for, Mambo Poa, Kenya, Folklife Festival 2014, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA.

Presenter: Kanga Stories and Foods of the Swahili Coast and Western Kenya
Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA. October 30, 2014. Kanga Stories, lecture

Textile Society of America Accepted paper, Textile Society of America, 13th Biennial Symposium, September 2012 Washington DC.

Mambo Poa, Kenya, Folk Life Festival 2014, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA. The Kanga, A Cloth that Reveals – Co-production of Culture in the Indian Ocean Region published in Textiles and Politics: Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium Proceedings, Washington, DC, September 18- September 22, 2012.