Faculty & Staff
Visiting Professor of Anthropology
Diana P. Hatchett is a cultural anthropologist interested in religion, secularism, identity, and the state in the Middle East North Africa region. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kentucky, holds a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and is a graduate of Sewanee. Diana recently completed two years of fieldwork in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with grants from the University of Kentucky and from P.E.O. International, and with the support of University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr. Diana also has conducted language learning and fieldwork in Jordan and in Tunisia.
Her doctoral dissertation, "Ministries of Education: Moral Visions of State, Society, and Schools," examines how Kurdistani youth experimentations with identity give rise to new notions of self, community, and nation and subsequently challenge the emerging Kurdistani “state” in its ability to regulate the boundaries of sectarian identities. From 2015-2017, Diana conducted fieldwork in the city of Hewlêr (Erbil) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She spent most of her time in secondary schools and gyms, where she also coached an indoor cycling class (spinning).
Diana enjoys teaching across the subfields of anthropology. At the University of Kentucky, she taught a variety of courses in the anthropology department and worked with Presentation U, a faculty development and student tutoring program integrating oral, written, and visual communication skills.