Dr. Susan Vincent


Department of Anthropology

St. Francis Xavier University


Susan Vincent



    Office: JBB 335E

    Office hours, Fall term 2020:  (14 September to 2 December): Mondays 1300-1400; Thursdays 1100-1200 by MS Teams).

    Telephone: (902) 867-5281

    Fax: (902) 867-5456

    Email: svincent@stfx.ca

    Mail: Department of Anthropology

            St. Francis Xavier University

            PO Box 5000

            Antigonish, NS


            B2G 2W5

    Or via Bonnie McIsaac,  Administrative Assistant, Department of Anthropology (JBB 208, Telephone (902) 867-2283, Email: bmcisaac@stfx.ca)


Will you miss anything if you do not attend class?

Courses Fall 2020: 
ANTH 320/DEVS 321 People and Development (see Moodle page)

Courses Winter 2020:

ANTH 303 Anthropological Theory (this will be on Moodle)
ANTH 323/WMGS 327 Feminist Anthropology (this will be on Moodle)



I am an anthropologist with research interests in political and economic anthropology, livelihood strategy, gender, anthropology of development, peasant society, Andean culture and local food production in Antigonish County. Since 1984 I have conducted fieldwork in the community I call Allpachico in the Peruvian central highlands. Students have accompanied me on courses and as research assistants. Over the past 15 years I have been engaged in research on the political effects of development practice in Allpachico. I returned to Peru in 2011 to study the the diversity of forms of local organization in Allpachico over time, focussing on the current political decentralization/restructuring process. Most recently I have begun researching how pensions of retired workers help to support their families and the community, along with various recently instituted state social spending. Over the period of 2017-2021 I will conduct a SSHRC-funded research project on how the people of Allpachico, along with four other Peruvian communities, achieve livelihood in a context of low employment, poor prospects for agriculture, and increasing state social spending. The project includes positions for student researchers. In 2020 I was unable to conduct fieldwork in person, but have been engaging in distant and online research about how the people of Allpachico are getting by in the context of COVID-19.


I have also written about Tupperware as a gendered income earning opportunity as well as about education equity.

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