Roxanne Varzi

Returning to the show is Roxanne Varzi, UCI anthropology professor, and award winning author, filmmaker, and playwright. She is rolling out a whole new creative enterprise: the Armchair Anthropology Whodunit Series. Death in a Nutshell, a murder mystery, is the first book in a series. This genre offers another way for her to examine and interpret anthropologists’ assumptions and roles in the study of humans. “I started writing the book as a murder mystery – for fun. And then, at the same time, I had wanted to do some kind of curriculum series. ... I decided to put the two together and it works really well because I think detectives and anthropologists do a lot of the same kind of work,” says Varzi.

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