Melissa Beresford

Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2018Melissa Beresford


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Melissa Beresford's CV

Dr. Melissa Beresford is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at San José State University. As an economic anthropologist, Dr. Beresford's research investigates how people create alternative economies in response to economic inequality and resource insecurity (with a focus on water insecurity).  As an anthropological methodologist, Dr. Beresford also conducts research on and innovates methods for ethnographic research and qualitative data analysis. She conducts her field work in urban areas of high inequality, including in the U.S. San Francisco Bay Area and Cape Town, South Africa. She also collaborates on research in Latin America and in cross-cultural context.  

As an enthusiastic and experienced teacher, Melissa's primary teaching foci include supporting diverse students; research methods training; pedagogy and practice of diverse teaching modalities (including online); and experiential learning (undergraduate research experiences, study abroad). She also teaches Qualitative Data Analysis for the National Science Foundation funded Research Methods in Anthropology training program and in other national workshops for students and research professionals.