by Dr. Teresa Tellechea, Instructor, Department of Anthropology
As a cultural and medical anthropologist, Dr. Tellechea has professional field work experience in various applied settings. Most recently, she worked in Sri Lanka and Maldives for the last two years. She lived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she worked at the US Embassy as a Political Officer covering in Sri Lanka and Maldives for the State Department.
In addition to advising the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Political Officers in identifying and understanding political issues, trends and developments, Dr. Tellechea was in charge of the religious and civic society portfolios. She worked with a wide range of Sri Lankan and Maldivian government, religious and civil society contacts to help the Embassy understand the religious and social context and potential destabilizing factors.
Serving as deputy to senior political officer, Dr. Tellechea covered Madivian politics, tracking events in Maldives with special attention to democratic and judicial reform, religious freedom and capacity building. She developed and maintained an extensive range of contacts within the Sri Lanka and Maldives leading political and religious figures, civil society leaders, law enforcement officials, journalists and academics.
Questions about what kind of applied work anthropology majors can accomplish? Contact Dr. Tellechea: she has ample professional experience as an anthropologist in the fields of education, criminal justice, agriculture, foreign policy, and public and mental health.