Dr. Jefferson C. Boyer


Ph.D. 1982 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A. 1975 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. 1968 Portland State University

  • Academy of Outstanding Teachers, College of Arts & Sciences (1995)

Areas of Research/Interest:

Social anthropology, peasant and agrarian studies, rural and sustainable development; Honduras and Central America, Appalachia.


Understanding Culture, Agrarian Studies and Rural Development, Sustainable Development, Senior Seminar, Sustainable Development: Theory, Research, and Methods


Dr. Boyer continues to focus on agrarian studies and rural communities sustainable development outreach in Central America and Appalachia. Boyer's scholarly-outreach efforts in Appalachia and the South include his work as board member at Highlander Research & Education Center (New Market, TN), and with ASU-Sustainable Development Program outreach with the Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities (ACJSC) and the Center for Integrating Research and Action (CIRA) at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is writing a manuscript entitled Once Upon an Agrarian Nation: Globalization Battles in Mesoamerican Honduras. Finally, Boyer is on the international advisory board of the Journal of Peasant Studies and board member of the Highlander Research and Education Center in New market, TN.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Department: Department of Anthropology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2295

Fax: (828) 262-2982

Office address
348 Anne Belk Hall