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Teaching Assistant Professor

Email: adelgaty at


Office: 409C

Areas of Interest:

Economic Anthropology; Anthropology of Work; Care; Crisis and Disaster; Resilience; Craft production; Consumption; Locality; Collaboration; Ecology; Occupational Identity; Organizational structures and strategies; Alcohol Consumption and Alcoholism; Rural Anthropology; Applied Anthropology; Rural wellness; Japan and Okinawa



PhD, Anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill, 2020

Certificate, Concise Course in Brewing Technology, Siebel Institute of Technology, 2017

MA, Asian Studies & Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013

BA, Asian Studies & Japanese, Calvin College, 2009


Professional Background:

I am a teaching assistant professor in the Anthropology department at UNC, Chapel Hill. I received my PhD in Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill in 2020. My research broadly explores how creators and consumers make decisions in precarious economic environments. Presently, I examine experiences of resilience and crisis as it animates the lives of professional craft brewers and distillers in the US and Japan.

I also run a research lab in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences and UNC’s IDEAs curriculum where we apply quantitative and qualitative methods toward understanding aesthetic design among artisan creators and consumers.

I previously worked as a professional brewer, and now work as a freelance market and UX researcher alongside teaching.


Research and Activities:

Market Research; UX Research; Brewing; Distilling