Irma McClaurin, PhD


“My pathway from a creative writing literary background to administrator and public anthropologist is a non sequitur. I am a strong example of how it is possible to translate the liberal arts into practical realities.”   ~Irma McClaurin

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Music throughout this site provided courtesy of beatmaster, Antonio "Elevation" Allen

 McClaurin featured in film on Education Reform and 1968 Yale Summer High School Program.  View press release.
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about her Yale Summer High School experience. Read article.

Four years after founding it, Dr. McClaurin's legacy of Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)

 lives. Watch Video


 McClaurin delivers the 2013 MLK keynote for the Scanner Foundation on Technology and Inequality.  View the video.

McClaurin on KBOO Portland.mp3

Hear Irma McClaurin speak with Portland's KBOO's Don Merrill on the world of academics, literature, philanthropy and anthropology.  Click here for the full one hour interview.

Irma McClaurin is a woman of many talents: activist anthropologist, administrator, consultant, leader, mentor, professor, and writer.  She has provided leadership, mentored, made grants, and written poetry, creative non-fiction, and policies, all  informed by social justice.  She holds both the MA (’89) and PhD (’93) in anthropology and also the MFA (’76) in English all from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Full Bio

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JOURNEY TO BELIZE:  Watch the videos 

Panel on Black Feminist Anthropolog(ies), November 23, 2013, Annual Meeting of the Association of Anthropology, Chicago.  Read more

Panelists: Dr. Irma McClaurin, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Dr. Bianca Williams, Corliss D. Heath (PhD student), and Dr. Rachel Watkins. Missing: Dr. Riché Barnes-organizer and Dr. Kimberly E. Simmons