Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

David Scheffel

David Scheffel

David Scheffel

Name: Dr. David Scheffel
Position: Professor of Anthropology
Affiliation: Anthropology
Phone: 250-828-5182


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Research Interests

Russian Old Believers
Labrador Inuit
Czech 'Euro-Indians'
Slovak Roma
Philippines Ati/Agta

My current research program focuses on the growing political participation of Slovak Roma at the municipal level. It is funded through a standard research grant provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2012-2015).


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Propedeuse)
University of Manitoba (B.A.)
University of Cambridge (Graduate Cert. in Soc. Anthropology)
Memorial University of Newfoundland (M.A.)
McMaster University (PhD)

Dr. honoris causa (anthropology), University of Presov



Svinia in Black and White: Slovak Roma and their Neighbours, 2005.

Roma Marginality/Romska Marginalita, 2004 (edited with A. Musinka).

In the Shadow of Antichrist: The Old Believers of Alberta, 1991.

Recent articles

2015 "Belonging and Domesticated Ethnicity in Velky Saris, Slovakia",Romani Studies,vol 25, no.2

2014 "Romove v politice a politizace Romu" [Roma in politics and the politicization of Roma], Romano dzaniben,vol. 21, no. 2, pp.77-85

2013 "Samovlada nebo spoluvlada? Slovensti Romove a jejich sousedi mezi antagonismem a multikulturalismem" [Self-Rule or Joint-Rule? Slovak Roma and their neighbours between antagonism and multiculturalism], in Teoreticke a prakticke otazky politickej participacie Romov na lokalnej urovni, ed. by Vladimir Benc et al., Presov

2013 "Resurrection in Uzhhorod", in Writing in the Field: Festschrift for Stephen Tyler, edited by Ivo Strecker and Shauna LaTosky, Berlin: Lit Verlag, pp. 53-58

2012 "Advocacy Trumps Accuracy? Stereotypes of East European Roma and Ethnography", Collaborative Anthropologies, vol. 5,pp. 268-275

2011 "Anastasia, Pani Viera, and Manong Lito,Reflections on anthropological friendships", Anthropologica, 53: 173-180

2010 "Slovenska chudoba a romska lichva [Slovak poverty and Romani usury]", Obcianska spolocnost [Civil Society), 14: 47-62.

Courses Taught

ANTH 415 Religion and Society
ANTH 403 Field School in East-Central Europe
ANTH 400 History of Anthropology
ANTH 329 Native Peoples of Canada
ANTH 303 Ethnography of Special Areas
ANTH 300 Contemporary Issues in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 260 Minorities in the Modern World
ANTH 225 Sex, Biology and Culture
ANTH 215 Studies in Ethnography
ANTH 214 Canadian Native Peoples
ANTH 121 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 111 Human Origins