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Dr. Matejowsky is an associate professor who specializes in cultural anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 from Texas A&M University. His research interests include fast food, economic anthropology, globalization, urbanization, culture change and development, disaster studies. Dr. Matejowsky currently conducts his research in Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. Recent publications include “The Incredible, Edible Balut: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Philippines’ Favorite Liminal Food” (Food, Culture and Society) and “Like a “Whopper Virgin”: Anthropological Reflections on Burger King’s Controversial Ad Campaign” (Studies in Popular Culture). He joined the faculty at UCF in 2002 and teaches Peoples of the World, Magic, Ritual & Belief, and Anthropological Perspectives on Fast Food.

Cultural anthropology, economic anthropology, globalization, fast food, disasters, culture change and development; Southeast Asia (Philippines).

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Congratulations to Dr. Ty Matejowsky for receiving the Teaching Incentive Program Award.

May 2013:

Dr. Ty Matejowsky and Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster wrote a guest column piece for the Orlando Sentinel called, “Anthropologists should do a better job of promoting their field.”

July 2012:

Dr. Ty Matejowsky is quoted in the Wall Street Journal article “Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond.”

November 2011:

Merchant Coping Strategies in the Post-Disaster Context: Anthropological Perspectives from Dagupan City, Philippines

The main Philippine island of Luzon endured the destructive impact of two Category Three typhoons that hit the region within days of each other in late September 2011. Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae battered towns and cities across Luzon with successive waves of high winds, storm surges, torrential rains, and catastrophic flooding. This proposed field project seeks to elucidate how small retailers in the urban Philippines remain resilient and commercially viable under conditions of chronic natural hazard by focusing ethnographic attention on downtown merchants in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Insights about the risk aversion/management strategies and coping mechanisms employed by Dagupeño traders in the immediate wake of Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae would not only add ethnographic depth to current understanding about how social networks are locally cultivated and engaged within post-disaster recoveries, they would also provide a cross-cultural counterpoint to those developing societies less frequently impacted by natural disasters. Taken as a whole, this proposed research project stands to contribute to the social scientific literature on natural hazards by (1) elucidating how local retailers negotiate a major disaster’s immediate and secondary effects within a developing urban context; (2) illuminating the specific mechanisms by which small businesses engage the Philippines’ more pervasive and highly resilient “culture of disaster” vis-à-vis conditions of chronic natural hazard; and (3) exploring the interplay between local business networks and their interactions with outside resources.

June 2010:

Congratulations to the faculty who have been promoted!

Dr. Ty Matejowsky, Anthropology – Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

May 2010:

Congratulations to Ty Matejowsky on being promoted to the rank of Associate Professor effective Fall 2010!

December 2009:

Anthropology Student Studies Homelessness

Anthropology graduate student, Rebecca Young, ’14, currently has an article under review in the peer reviewed journal, Human Organization, about homelessness in Orlando and Oviedo. Rebecca has done resea... Read more

Undergraduates; The Backbone Of Anthropology

Anthroplogy professors Dr. Matejowsky and Dr. Reyes-Foster write articles on a periodic basis for Anthropology News, which is the official publication from the American Anthropological Association.  This is t... Read more

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