Heather Settle, Ph.D.

Heather Settle, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Engagement, Global and Civic Opportunities
(919) 613-6689

Hi, I’m Heather Settle. I have a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke, returned to Durham in 2008 and have served as a director of academic engagement since 2011. My research interests are in social movements, gender and Latin America. I earned my undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology at Swarthmore College, and I studied abroad in Mexico and Central America. In graduate school, I did my dissertation research in Havana, Cuba, where I lived for 15 months while studying the cultural effects of economic reform in the early 2000s. After finishing my Ph.D., I taught Latin American studies at Miami University in Ohio before returning.

I love working with undergraduates, and I especially enjoy helping students discover and explore the connections between their experiences abroad and their intellectual passions. As director of the senior thesis seminar for cultural anthropology majors here at Duke, I worked closely with students whose interest in their topic first bloomed while participating in global and civic opportunities.

As a DAE, it’s my job to help you make sense of the alphabet soup of global opportunities here at Duke and figure out what’s a great fit for you and how to get the most out of that experience. And as an anthropologist, I’m passionate about helping students explore and learn from other cultures.