Jason Ramsey

MA (UChicago), PhD (UChicago)
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Jason Ramsey specializes in research on the politics of aging built environments and popular religion. He received his M.A. and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Based on fieldwork in Yucatán among former plantation labourers, he publishes on topics such as semiotics, ruination, value, and the anthropology of history. Trained in both Archaeology and Sociocultural Anthropology, he adopts an eclectic approach to teaching at Kwantlen and has guided KPU students in local fieldwork on heritage and homelessness.


Courses taught

  • ANTH 1100: Social & Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2133: Religion, Magic and Witchcraft
  • ANTH 3100: Anthropological Theory
  • ANTH 3150: Ethnographic Field Studies
  • ANTH 3501: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 4101: Contemporary Readings in Anthropology
  • ANTH 4500: Culture, Community & Wellbeing
  • ANTH 4501: Selected Problems in Anthropology​
  • POST 2900: Special Topics

Scholarly Work

  • Forthcoming: Reckoning with Change: Dialogues of Decline and Growth in Yucatán. London: Routledge.
  • 2016. (With Sandra Rozental and John Collins). “Matters of Patrimony: Anthropological Theory and the Materiality of Replication in Contemporary Latin America,” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 21(1):7-18.
  • 2016. “Sedimentation and Sentiment: Destabilizing Architecture at the Post-Industrial Mexican Periphery.” In Elements of Architecture: Assembling Archaeology, Atmosphere and the Performance of Building Space. Tim F. Sørensen and Mikkel Bille (eds.). London: Routledge, pp. 287-301.
  • 2014. “In Ruins Old and New: Cultivating Threat on a Former Hacienda, Yucatán.” In Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Péturdóttir (eds.). London: Routledge, pp.128-42.