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Karla L. Davis-Salazar

Karla L. Davis-Salazar

Karla L. Davis-Salazar
Associate Professor


Office: SOC 156C



Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University
B.A., French Language and Literature, University of Michigan


Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Global Issues and Perspectives, Writing Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Archaeological Field Methods, Maya Archaeology, Ancient States, Teaching Anthropology


Originally trained as an archaeologist, Dr. Davis-Salazar’s early research focused on human-environmental interaction among ancient Mesoamerican societies in Honduras, where she conducted excavations and lead archaeological field schools for undergraduate and graduate students for 17 years. Through these experiences, she became deeply involved in undergraduate research and education. Her current interests lie in pedagogy, curriculum development, and assessment, among other higher education issues, especially for undergraduate students. As part of these interests, she developed and directed USF’s Global Citizenship General Education Program (2011-2015), which provided students with a globally focused general education curriculum culminating in a significant study abroad experience. Dr. Davis-Salazar’s leadership and teaching skills have been recognized at USF through various awards including the Hispanic Pathways Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award, USF’s top teaching honor. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and directs USF's Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project.

Graduate Students

Sasha Litt

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
87131ANG 6971006Thesis: Master's

TBA 100