Aaron Ansell has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Ansell is one of 27 new tenure-track faculty members at the college this fall. The new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. The college has added more than 100 full-time permanent faculty members in the past four years.

Ansell is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in northeastern Brazil and with research interests in political discourse, social inequality, and alternative democracies. He will teach multicultural communication, ethnography, investigations in religion and culture, historical and theoretical frameworks in material culture, and public humanities.

The author of “Zero Hunger: Political Culture and Antipoverty Policy in Northeast Brazil,” Ansell has been published in American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, and Bulletin of Latin American Research. He is a contributing co-editor for the Society of Linguistic Anthropology’s Section News column.

Ansell received his bachelor's degree from the University of California in San Diego and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.