Aurelien Mauxion, Ph.D.
Aurelien Mauxion’s teaching interests are fundamentally multidisciplinary. After graduating from the University of Rennes in France, with Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and History and a Masters in Geography, he completed a doctoral degree in Anthropology at Northwestern University. His research explores political and economic changes in West Africa, specifically in the countries of Mali and Niger, where he has lived and conducted research for extended periods of time. More recently, his research explored how historically stigmatized linguistic minorities strove to maintain their cultural heritage and produce new forms of social identity (French creoles in the American Midwest and Bretons in France).
At Columbia College, Aurelien Mauxion shares with students his comprehensive approach to the study of cultures and societies by teaching courses in Anthropology, Sociology, and Geography. His course General Anthropology (ANTH/SOCI 112), for example, explores the diversity of humankind both in the past and present by focusing on ancient civilizations, linguistic variations and evolution, and contemporary societies and cultures. Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212) examines contrasting patterns of family relationship, gender relations, religious practices, and economic activities in various cultures of the world. Slavery and Human Trafficking (ANTH 412), an upper-level course, explores both historical and contemporary forms of slavery, asking what a comparative approach to human trafficking can reveal about humanity and the way it has been defined in different cultures and at different times.
Courses taught at Columbia College:
- General Anthropology (SOCI/ANTH 112)
- Introduction to Geography (GEOG/ANTH 101)
- Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212)
- General Sociology (SOCI 111)
- Qualitative Research Methods (SOCI/PSYC/ANTH 327)
- Music and Society (SOCI/ANTH 381)
- Religion and Society (SOCI/ANTH 341)
- Environment and Society (SOCI/ANTH 345)
- Slavery and Human Trafficking (ANTH 412)
Edited special issue
- Launay, Robert and Aurelien Mauxion. 2018. “Eating French.” [Special Issue]. Food and Foodways. 26(2)
- Mauxion, Aurelien. 2018. “Eating and Being French in Old Mines, Missouri.” Food and Foodways. 26(2). Pp. 105-123
- Launay, Robert and Aurelien Mauxion. 2018. “Introduction: Eating French.” Food and Foodways. 26(2). Pp. 87-91
- Mauxion, Aurelien. 2016. “Please Turn on your Cell Phones: Using Pictures to Explore the Concept of Culture in an Introductory Sociology Course.” TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology website)
- Mauxion, Aurelien. 2012. “Moving to Stay: Iklan Spatial Strategies Towards Socioeconomic Emancipation in Northern Mali (1898-1960).” Journal of African History. 53(2). Pp. 195-213
Contact Dr. Aurelien Mauxion
Office Location: STC 201
Phone Number: (573) 875-7147