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MSU Denver Ethnography Lab

The MSU Denver Ethnography Lab is located in CN 106S.  For more information, and to reserve and check out equipment, call 303-605-5807.  


Lab Overview and Facilities

The MSU Denver Ethnography Lab is a research and training facility dedicated to the documentation and analysis of human culture. As a professional data-gathering method, ethnography involves cultural and linguistic immersion in the community under study and the collection of qualitative data through participant-observation, interviewing, recording of naturally-occurring social interaction, and other techniques. Analysis centers on the patterns and substance of human beliefs and practices as they relate to a diverse set of real world communities and issues.

Housed within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the MSU Denver Ethnography Lab facilitates access to state-of-the-art field equipment and technologies used by professional ethnographers, including high-quality digital audio and video recording equipment, lapel microphones, smartpens, and headsets. PC work stations are outfitted with software for transcribing, analyzing, and archiving digital audio, video, and textual data. The facility also houses a small library. The lab supports courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, as well as sociology and linguistics, providing undergraduate students with hands-on training in ethnographic data-gathering and qualitative data analysis.



Tutoring is available by appointment for the following courses:

  • ANT 1310: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 2330: Cross-Cultural Communication
  • ANT 2500: Anthropology of Language

To schedule a tutoring appointment with one of our student staff, please email In your email, please specify which course you would like tutoring in and who your instructor is for that course.


Ongoing Professional Research Projects 


Auraria Library Resources for Anthropology Research


Ethnography Lab Personnel

Ethnography Lab Director
Rebecca Forgash, PhD

Department of Sociology and Anthropology Lab Coordinator:
Jill Scott, MA

Spring 2021 Ethnography Lab Student Staff

Max Brehm

Max Brehm with dogMax Brehm is a senior at MSU Denver majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Human Services. He continues to be fascinated by the human experience and is thrilled to be spending his last semester focused on research by interning in the Ethnography Lab. Max has rediscovered his love for cooking over the past year and is working on his fear of baking.

Emma Britt

Emma Britt headshot.Emma Britt is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Linguistics. She has always had an interest in languages, and looks forward to learning and working in the Ethnography Lab this semester! Outside of school, she enjoys playing video games and reading books.

TJ Daniel

TJ Daniel and her dog.TJ Daniel is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and double-minoring in Japanese and Linguistics. She loves the study of languages, and is never tired of learning! Outside of school, TJ enjoys cooking, playing soccer, hiking, and reading.

Phoebe Isaacson

Phoebe Isaacson head shot.Phoebe Isaacson is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Chicano/a studies. She loves cultural studies and really enjoys the university programs she is involved in. In her free time, she likes to watch documentaries, listen to podcasts, cook, and go on trips to the mountains.

Samantha Ross

Samantha Ross HeadshotSamantha Ross is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Japanese. She loves learning about different cultures, languages, and the evolution of humans. Outside of MSU, she enjoys cooking, watching crime shows, and helping her mom foster puppies.

Julianna Zellner

Julianna Zellner with scenic mountain background.Julianna Zellner is a senior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Linguistics. She has always loved learning about languages and cultures and takes advantage of any opportunity she can to travel to new places. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and anything that involves being outdoors. She has worked in the Ethnography Lab since fall 2019 and is the current Student Lab Lead.



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