- Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2018
- M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2012
- B.A., Anthropology, University of Central Florida, 2010
Dr. Pete Collings
My PhD research focuses on paranormal perceptions and the subcultural community of paranormal research groups in Florida. Dissertation research includes participant observation, surveys, and interviews of paranormal research groups colloquially known as “ghost hunters.” Topics of ethnicity, gender, religion, community, narrative, ethics, the media, science and technology are incorporated to explore how Western culture portrays and perceives paranormal themes and experiences. This ethnography of ghost hunting groups explores how paranormal themes and uncanny experiences are interwoven with religious beliefs, orientations of the self, media portrayals, and investigated with methods of science and technology.
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
- John M. Goggin Award, University of Florida, 2016
- FLAS Summer Fellowship, University of Florida, 2013
- Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Florida, 2010-2014
- William Carter Field Research Grant, University of Florida, 2011
This student has graduated from the program so the information on this page may not be current.