David E. Sutton | Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

David E. Sutton


David Sutton

Phone: 618.453.5017
email: dsutton@siu.edu
Office Location: 
Faner Hall, Room 3537

Since the early 1990s I have been doing research in Greece, with a focus on the island of Kalymnos in the Eastern Aegean. I have been interested in questions of memory, historical consciousness and the relevance of the past in daily life, ranging from naming practices to the ritual throwing of dynamite at Easter.

More recently, I have explored food and the senses on Kalymnos, with a focus on everyday cooking practices. I have employed video to get at some of the ways that Kalymnians reproduce and innovate their recipes, use tools as extensions of the body, and create their kitchenspace.

I am also doing research on the so-called Greek financial crisis, as seen through the lens of changing food practices.

Research Interests

  • Memory and the Senses
  • Food and Cooking
  • Movies and Popular Culture
  • Gender
  • Political Protest
  • Materiality
  • Tools and Technology

Research Link: https://siu.academia.edu/DavidSutton


  • PhD 1995, U. of Chicago
  • MA 1987, U. of Chicago
  • BA 1985, U. of Chicago


  • ANTH 240D Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 310D Greek Islands of Imagination
  • ANTH 410L Transcending Gender
  • ANTH 410N Anthropology of Popular Culture
  • ANTH 410Q Food, Symbol and Society
  • ANTH 500D Theory and Method in Sociocultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 515B Topics Vary, Past topics have included: Knowledge, Skill and Transmission; Objects, Nature and the Non-Human, The Environment, The Senses and Situated Action

Courses in Planning include:

  • ANTH 251 Anthropology and Science Fiction
  • ANTH 567 The ANthropology of Neoliberalism