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Erik Aasland

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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


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 and 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.


Dr. Aasland has an edited volume coauthored 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.