Maggie Cummings

Maggie Cummings
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Director of the Centre for Ethnography
Building HL 332


  • American Ethnological Society
  • Society for Cultural Anthropology
  • Melanesian Interest Group
  • Canadian Anthropology Society
  • CASCA Taskforce on Precarity
  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Teaching Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Racism
  • Culture, Film, and Media
  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology of the Body
  • Fieldwork and Qualitative Analysis

Research Interests

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Landscapes of Knowledge: Teaching and Learning in Canadian Universities
  • Urban Melanesia
  • Gender, Livelihood, and Social Change in Vanuatu
  • Moral Economies of Fitness and Health
  • Social Media


  • 2016 Uncertain Belongings: Relationships, Money, and Returned Migrant Workers in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Journal of Pacific Studies. 36 (1): 21-33.
  • 2016 Sociocultural Anthropology: A Problem-based Approach (3rd Canadian edition), eds. Robbins, Cummings, and McGarry. Toronto: Nelson Education.
  • 2015 Teaching About and with Selfies in the Classroom. Teaching Culture: The Blog, June 29.  in-the-classroom/
  • 2015 Notes from the Teaching Stream. Culture: The Canadian Anthropology Society Newsletter. 15 (1): 14-15
  • 2013 Afterword: Expertise in our Time. Anthropologica. 55 (2): 329-334.
  • 2013 Imagining Transnational Futures in Vanuatu. In A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism, eds. Ato Quayso and Girish Daswani. New York: Blackwell. 381-396.
  • 2013 Looking Good: The Cultural Politics of the Island Dress for Young Women in Vanuatu. The Contemporary Pacific.  25 (1): 33-65.
  • 2013 Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-based Approach (2nd Canadian edition), eds. Robbins, Cummings, McGarry and Larkin. Toronto: Nelson Education.
  • 2011 Citizenship and Urban Space: Intersections of Housing, Services, Identity, and Belonging for Newcomers to Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park, Scarborough, with co-authors Susannah Bunce and Girish Daswani. CERIS Working Paper Series. CERIS-- The Ontario Metropolis Centre, December, No. 86. Available online:…
  • 2008 Gender, Blame, and Kastom: Understanding HIV in Vanuatu. In Making Sense of AIDS: Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia, eds. Leslie Butt and Richard Eves. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 133-149.
  • 2005 Who Wears the Trousers in Vanuatu? In Auto-Ethnographies: The Anthropology of Academic Practices, eds. Anne Meneley and Donna J. Young. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press. 51-64