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Erik Aasland

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology

PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary)
MDiv (Bethel University)
MPH (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
BA (St. Olaf College)


Dr. Erik Aasland is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the School of Mission and Theology where he teaches anthropology and research methods. He mentors doctoral students as well teaches a doctoral seminar focusing on qualitative research methods. As a member of the American Association of Anthropology, he serves as President of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. His areas of specialization are ethnography, orality, and folklore.


Erik has an upcoming Edited Volume co-authored with Gulnara Omarbekova: Contemporary Kazakh Proverb Research: Digital, Cognitive, Literary and Ecological Approaches. He published in Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship on contrasting discourse ecologies for two Kazakh proverbial calls to action. He has also published in Western Folklore on proverb pragmatics.