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Aurelien Mauxion, Ph.D.

Aurelien MauxionAurelien 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 earned a doctoral degree in Anthropology from 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 over the last ten years. 

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:

  • Introduction to Geography (GEOG/ANTH 101)
  • Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212)
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Religion (ANTH/SOCI 341)
  • General Sociology (SOCI 111)
  • General Anthropology (ANTH/SOCI 112)
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking (ANTH 412)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (SOCI/PSYC/ANTH 327)

Contact Dr. Aurelien Mauxion

Office Location: STC 201
Phone Number: (573) 875-7147
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