The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

Rebecca Forgash

Rebecca Forgash
Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Transnational intimacy and marriage, US military and militarization, globalization, language and identity

I am a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose primary research focuses on international dating and marriage between U.S. military personnel and local people in Okinawa, Japan. I recently published the scholarly volume Intimacy across the Fencelines: Sex, Marriage and the U.S. Military in Okinawa (Cornell University Press, 2020). Secondarily, I support The Ch’orti’ Project, a research and community-development project involving collaboration with Ch’orti’ Maya communities in Guatemala and Honduras. I involve students in my research and am always on the lookout for motivated undergraduates who are interested in obtaining qualitative research experience relating to anthropology, linguistic ethnography, Japan and Guatemala. More generally, my interests include gender, intimacy, and the family; globalization and identity; ethnographic research methods; discourse analysis; and cross-cultural communication. At MSU Denver, I teach a variety of cultural and linguistic anthropology courses, including courses on Japanese culture and society. I direct the MSU Denver Ethnography Lab and MSU Denver's Japan Study Abroad program. Additionally, I serve as an Associate Director for the MSU Denver Honors Program.  

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
East Asia and the Pacific
Western Hemisphere