Laura Montgomery, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology Dean of Global and Experiential Learning (GEL)
On Faculty since 2012


Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University

M.A., Anthropology, Michigan State University

B.A., Anthropology, Certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR), Wheaton College

About Laura Montgomery

Laura Montgomery earned a B.A. with high honor in anthropology from Wheaton College where she was also one of the first students to complete the Human Needs and Global Resources Program. She then attended Michigan State University where she received an M.A. and also a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Dr. Montgomery has conducted field research in Latin America and the United States.  She has studied and published on a range of topics from the impact of ecological crises on agricultural change to the role of gender, class, and ethnicity in the life path choices of undergraduate students. She is also one of the first scholars to study the effects of short-term missions, with an emphasis on medical missions.  Her more recent work focuses on the development of intercultural skills and understanding among college students. With her colleague, Dr. Mary Doctor, she designed an innovative semester study abroad program in Mexico which uses a comprehensive orientation, on-site, and re-entry curriculum.

From 1984-87, she was a member of the Wheaton faculty as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of the HNGR Program.  Before returning to Wheaton she was a Professor of Anthropology at Westmont College where she served for over twenty years.  In January of 2012, she assumed her current position as Dean of Global and Experiential Learning.

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