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Scupin, Ray

Professor Emeritus
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Scupin, Raymond U

Director,Center for International and Global Studies, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
and International Studies (636-949-9244)

Editor in Chief: Journal of International and Global Studies

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Raymond Scupin has been employed at Lindenwood University since 1981.
He and his wife Susan have two sons, two daughters in law, and one grandson.

Educational and Professional Experience

Dr. Scupin earned his B.A. degree in History, Asian Studies,and Anthropology, from the University of California–Los Angeles. He completed
his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology at the University of California–Santa Barbara. He did extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Thailand with a focus on understanding the ethnic and religious movements among the Muslim minority. He was awarded two Fulbright Awards for research in Asia. He also did ethnographic research among Native American Indians in California. Before coming to Lindenwood he taught at Ramkhamhaeng University in Thailand, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Northern Kentucky University. In 1999 he received the
Missouri Governor’s Teaching Award. In 2008, he received the President’s Scholar of the Year award. Military Service: US Army, Alaska 1966-68.


American Anthropological Association, Association of Asian Studies, Council of Thai Studies, SEASSI, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Association: past board member, Human Rights Council AAA, Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Evolution and Anthropology Society, Federation of Small Anthropology Programs, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable

Research Interests

Globalization, Race and Ethnicity, Anthropology of Religion, Islam, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Language, Political Economy, Theory, Cognition and Culture, and Social and Cultural Evolution

Selected Publications


2006 ed. Peoples and Cultures of Asia. Pearson Prentice Hall Press.

2008 ed. Religion and Culture: An Anthropological Focus. 2nd edition. Pearson Prentice Hall Press.

2012 ed. Race and Ethnicity: The United States and the World, 2nd edition. Pearson
Prentice Hall Press.

2012 Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective. (8th Edition). Pearson Prentice Hall Press.

2012 with Christopher DeCorse. Anthropology: A Global Perspective. (7th Edition), Pearson Prentice Hall Press.


1980 "The Politics of Islamic Reformism in Thailand." Asian Survey, Vol. 20, No. 12

1998 “Muslim Accommodation in Thai Society” Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford Centre
for Islamic Studies)
Vol. 9 (2): 229-258

2013. “South Thailand: Politics, Identity, and Culture.” Journal of Asian Studies 72 (2): 1-10.

2013. “Correlates of Objective Historiography: A Review Essay on Hierarchy, History, and
Human Nature
by Donald E. Brown” Cliodynamics 4: 162-170.

n.d. “Anthropology and International Studies” In James, Patrick, Steve Yetiv, and Stefan Fritsch (eds.) Interdisciplinary Approaches in International Studies. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan
Press (Forthcoming)


International Presentations

The Anthropology of Ethnicity in Asia. (Invited lecture). Hiroshima University,

Nationalism and Muslim Identity in Thailand. Pattani, Thailand. 2002

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