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Graduate Student
Email: robertogmunoz@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A, Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Archaeology, 2015
  • B.A. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Psychology, 2004

Subfield

Archaeology


Chair

Dr. Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo


Research Interests

Theory of Value in the Spanish and Caribbean; Money and Economics from the early Spanish Colonial Period of Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico (XVI and XVII centuries; Historical Archaeology)


Selected Publications

Published Article on Numiexpo 2016, the only Professional Numismatic Publication in Puerto Rico. Article name: “Breve historia numismática de la República Dominicana” Puerto Rico Numismatic Society.

Writer of original monthly column “Desde la academia…” at Boletín Numismático, newsletter of the Puerto Rican Numismatic Society during 2016.

Published Article on Numiexpo 2015. Article name: “Hallazgos de contramarcas en excavaciones en Puerto Rico.” Puerto Rico Numismatic Society.

Original article published in the Fall 2015 issue of Astrolabe, the Newsletter of the Turks and Caicos National Museum: “No small change: Spanish colonial coin found in Maravedi Cove.”

Master’s in Archaeology of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Thesis: “Análisis de piezas numismáticas desde la perspectiva de la arqueología histórica de Puerto Rico.” From the Center of Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. 2015.

“Bad hair day;” “While the Towers Collapse the U. S. A. Rises,” and “World War III.” (Pathway to Success: Readings for Hispanics Learning ESL) by Laura Pando, Ph. D.: Editorial Plaza Mayor. Segunda edición 2015; Primera edición 2005.

Published Article on Numiexpo 2013. Article name: “¿Será la numismática el eslabón perdido de la arqueología?” Puerto Rico Numismatic Society.


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

Gerald Murray, Ph.D.

Title : Professor Emeritus

Interests : Applied anthropology, anthropology of religion, linguistics, agroforestry, Caribbean and Latin America, Israel and Palestine

Programs : Cultural Anthropology

Personal Statement
I have done extended fieldwork in Haiti and the Dominican Republic , and have done applied contract assignments in 15 countries for 27 public and private agencies. I designed and directed an agroforestry project in Haiti that during a 20 year period facilitated trees to over a quarter of a million farm families. Recent applied research assignments include child slavery in Haiti and the D.R., potential conflicts surrounding planned dam construction that would flood out farming communities near the Panama Canal, and a month of fieldwork on the Gaza Strip among Hebrew-speaking farmers being shelled by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the turbulent weeks immediately preceding their planned expulsion and involuntary relocation by the Israeli government. I have written three books, 27 articles and book chapters, and 59 applied anthropological reports. I have studied fifteen languages (some extinct) and have interviewed and/or conversed in eight. My Ph.D. students, a heterogeneous crowd of stellar human beings, have done research in Haiti , the Dominican Republic , Barbados , Brazil , Zimbabwe , the Philippines , and the U.S. with a variety of NSF and Wenner-Gren funds.

In my view Cultural Anthropology at its best entails three logically sequenced intellectual operations: (1) fieldwork-based documentation; (2) cross-cultural comparison-and-contrast; (3) the search for causal explanations or interpretation within one or more intellectual paradigms. Fieldwork ideally entails both descriptive and quantitative methods. And it should be sensitive to the shifting, tentative, evolving character of any human system. Explanations are often hypothetical and “hard to prove”. But in my view a major mission of anthropology is the identification of the powerful causal forces which, often unbeknownst to the human actors themselves, govern the evolution of cultures and of individual human lives.

Applied Cultural Anthropology builds on these three operations but adds the assumptions that (1) not all human systems are functioning optimally – as seen in conditions of poverty, violence, slavery, environmental destruction; (2) systemic malfunctions and human suffering and abuse are due to a combination of identifiable internal and external factors; (3) these negative factors can often be either neutralized or at least mitigated with intelligent analysis and planning. Often. Not always. In some settings Anthropology entails the documentation of human ingenuity and creativity; in others it may entail the documentation of human stupidity and malice. Most human cultures, and most human lives, probably entail a sui generis combination of both tendencies.

Office
Grinter Hall, Room 331
PO 117305
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7305

Phone Number : 352-392 3830 x302

Email: murray@ufl.edu

Webpage : http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/murray