Heather Settle, Ph.D.

Heather Settle, Ph.D.
Office location:

011 Allen Bldg, Box 90050, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Mailing address:

Box 90050, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-6066

Email: heather.settle@duke.edu


Academic Dean for first-generation/low-income (FGLI) students.  Trinity Courses Committee, Trinity Curriculum Committee, Paletz Awards for Innovative Course Enhancements Committee.


About me:

I grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, and attended Swarthmore as the first person in my family to earn a college degree.  I earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke after conducting extended field research in Havana, Cuba, on the lived experience of “permanent crisis” in the early- to mid-2000s.  I taught Latin American studies, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist studies, and Anthropology courses at Miami of Ohio before returning to Duke as a visiting professor in 2008.  In 2011, I co-founded the Director of Academic Engagement (DAE) program at Duke, first specializing in Global & Civic Engagement and then in Social Sciences.  I consider the university a rich field site for thinking about inequality, growth, and the politics of care.  I am particularly interested in research on student well-being as it relates to academic success, and on first-generation/low-income student experiences at elite universities.