Of Sociology


Cissy Fowler is an Associate Professor at Wofford College and President Elect of the Society of Ethnobiology.  Cissy conducts transdisciplinary research on society and nature.  Dr. Fowler teaches a variety of classes in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Wofford.  Her studies of socioecological change, especially in relation to fire, have been published in several venues.  Dr. Fowler is a founding member of the Editorial Board for the open access journal Ethnobiology Letters. Contact Dr. Fowler by email ( or telephone (864-597-4698).

Classes Taught

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology & Communication


Dr. Cissy Fowler in the Wildnerness

Dr. Cissy Fowler in the Wilderness

Ecological Anthropology

Global Health

Public Health

Medical Anthropology


Ethnographic Film

Cultures of Southeast Asia & Oceania


2015. Wayfinding Women: The Generation of Landscapes and Society through Female Entrepreneurship. Urbanities 5(1):83-94.

2015. With James R. Welch. Introduction: Special Issue on Fire Ecology and Ethnobiology. Journal of Ethnobiology  35(1):1-3.

2014. An Editor’s Opinion on the Ethics of Open Access. Ethnobiology Letters 5:1-3.

2013. Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecologies in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone. Carolina Academic Press, Durham.

2013.  Book Review of Fire: Nature and Culture by Stephen J. Pyne. Progress in Physical Geography 37(5):722-724.

2011. With Amy Pittsenbarger. Interview with Ethnobiologist Dr. Elizabeth Widjaja. Letter from the Editors. Ethnobiology Letters 2:81-84.

2011. Performing Pisgah: Endurance Mountain Bikers Generating the National Forest. Anthropology News 52(3):11.

2009. National Teach-In on Global Warming. Anthropology and Environment Column. Anthropology News May 2009:42-43.

2009. Heather McMillen, Lisa Gollin, Cynthia Fowler, JD Baker, Dan Moerman, Elaine Elizabetsky, and Michael Heinrich. Tribute to the Late Nina Etkin. HerbalEGram 6(6).

2008. National Public Health Initiatives that Integrate Traditional Medicine. In Human Health and Forests: A Global Overview of Issues, Practice and Policy. Carol J. Pierce Colfer, ed. Pp. 295-315. London: Earthscan.

2007. With Evelyn Konopik.  The History of Fire in the Southern United States. Human Ecology Review 14(2):165-176.

2007. Book Review of Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction by Brian Morris. American Anthropologist 109(1): 221-222.

2006. Edited with Deborah Kennard. The Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science.  Available at

2005. Why is Maize a Sacred Plant? Social History and Agrarian Change on Sumba.  Journal of Ethnobiology 25(1):39-57.

2003. The Ecological Implications of Ancestral Religion and Reciprocal Exchange in a Sacred Forest in Karendi.  World Views: Culture, Environment, Religion 7(3): 303-329. 

2003. Human Health Impacts of Forest Fires in the South: A Literature Review. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 7: 39-63.

2002.  Book Review of People, Plants, and Justice: The Politics of Nature Conservation. Journal of Ethnobiology.

2001. Ecosystem Health and the Political Process: Ullsten and Rapport Revisited.  Journal of Ecosystem Health 7(3).