Dr. Lauren Dodaro

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

headshot of lauren dodaroDr. Lauren Dodaro is an environmental anthropologist who works in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She arrived at Mercer in 2023 to help begin the University’s new major in anthropology.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Tulane University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Tulane University
  • B.A., Anthropology and Art Studio, SUNY Potsdam


Cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, traditional environmental knowledge, art, gender, education, ceramics

Professional Interests

Dr. Dodaro researches what children are learning about the environment and how that knowledge is important to the empowerment of young girls. She works with Indigenous Kichwa speakers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Her research seeks to assert the value of local environmental knowledge in the Amazon, such as garden-keeping, ceramic-making, and plant identification/use.

Dr. Dodaro has taught courses on culture, language, gender, and the environment. She believes that everyone can benefit from taking an anthropology course.

Other Interests

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Dodaro loves traveling with just a backpack, reading trashy fantasy novels, and making art of all kinds.

Contact Dr. Lauren Dodaro

(478) 301-5656
Office: Groover Hall, Room 213