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Dr. Chad T. Morris

Associate Professor

Director of Honors Program

Department: Sociology and Public Health
Office: 206 Trout Hall



B.S., Anthropology/Sociology and Biology, Centre
College (Danville, KY)
M.A., Anthropology, University of Memphis
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Scholarly Activities

Director, Roanoke College Honors Program

Elected Ethics Seat, American Anthropological Association Members Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee


Morris, C., Lancey, A., eds. (2015) The Applied Anthropology of Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Identity. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Recent Publications

Morris, C., Tashima, N. (2018) Responding to Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities for Anthropological Engagement: Revised NAPA Guidelines for Ethical Practice. Annals of Anthropological Practice 42(2):34-38. DOI: 10.1111/napa.12122

Morris, C., Kellam, A., Spangler, E., Duke, K. (2018) Teaching Note: Short-Term Experiential Learning in the Republic of Palau. The Southern Sociologist 50(1):7-11.

Morris, C. and ANTH/PHST 202-G2. (2018) Understanding Immigrant Health Care Needs in the Roanoke Valley. Report prepared for Child Health Investment Partnership of the Roanoke Valley. Salem, VA: Roanoke College.

Morris, C. and ANTH/PHST 202-G1. (2018) Capitol Health: A Worksite Wellness Program Designed for the Palauan Capitol Complex. Report prepared for Non-communicable Disease Branch, Ministry of Health, Republic of Palau. Salem, VA: Roanoke College.

Morris, C., Wolfe, A., Womack, S., Kuartei, S. (2015) “Modernization,” Global Influence and Obesity Prevention in In Morris, C., DeLaricheliere, A., eds. The Applied Anthropology of Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Identity. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.



Chad Morris is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Roanoke College. Dr. Morris has a B.S. from Centre College in Anthropology/Sociology and Biology, a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. He serves as co-coordinator of Roanoke College’s Anthropology Concentration and is Director of the College’s Honors Program.  His current research agenda includes investigating and promoting community-driven means of reducing rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity in the Micronesian Republic of Palau, where he has worked alongside Roanoke College students and Palauan officials to conduct household and school-based research about dietary practice and public health promotion. Dr. Morris has additional research expertise in public health coalition development and practice, indoor environmental health, cross-cultural perspectives on organ and tissue donation, immigrant access to health care, and urban and rural development initiatives. He is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and serves as the elected ethics representative to the American Anthropological Association's Members Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee. He is the 2013 recipient of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Hiter Harris, Jr. Rising Star Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the 2014 recipient of the Roanoke College Dean's Award for Exemplary Service. 

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Public Health Promotion

Food and Culture

Global Health (Nutrition/Non-Communicable Disease)

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Effective Coalition Management (Increasing Diversity of Participation and Dissemination of Ideas)

Public Health Promotion and Social Marketing for Health

Effective Strategies for Community Development

Global Culture