Heather Settle, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Engagement, Social Sciences
Dr. Heather Settle grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, and was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She has been teaching and advising undergraduates at Duke since she came to Durham to begin her graduate studies in 1998. As a graduate of the Cultural Anthropology Ph.D. program, she has taught courses in that subject, as well as Latin American studies and International Comparative studies. She focuses on social movements, gender and migration, and political and economic transition in Cuba, where she completed fifteen months of ethnographic research in a working-class barrio of Havana. As an undergraduate, she majored in Sociology & Anthropology at Swarthmore, studied abroad in Mexico and Central America, and wrote a thesis on women in the revolutionary Zapatista movement of Chiapas. After teaching for four years at Duke and Miami University of Ohio, she began working with the Academic Advising Center full-time in 2011.
Dr. Settle particularly enjoys working with thesis writers and has mentored dozens of students through distinction projects in Cultural Anthropology and ICS. Formerly, she served as a Director of Academic Engagement for Global and Civic Opportunities, but she is now accepting appointments with students in her capacity as DAE for the Social Sciences. She looks forward to helping students discover some of the many opportunities for deeper engagement, including research, in the renowned and varied departments of the Social Sciences at Duke.