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Students working in the Ethnography Lab

MSU Denver Ethnography Lab

The MSU Denver Ethnography Lab is located in CN 106S.  For more information, and to reserve and check out equipment, call 303-605-5807.  


Lab Overview and Facilities

The MSU Denver Ethnography Lab is a research and training facility dedicated to the documentation and analysis of human culture. As a professional data-gathering method, ethnography involves cultural and linguistic immersion in the community under study and the collection of qualitative data through participant-observation, interviewing, recording of naturally-occurring social interaction, and other techniques. Analysis centers on the patterns and substance of human beliefs and practices as they relate to a diverse set of real world communities and issues.

Housed within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the MSU Denver Ethnography Lab facilitates access to state-of-the-art field equipment and technologies used by professional ethnographers, including high-quality digital audio and video recording equipment, lapel microphones, smartpens, and headsets. PC work stations are outfitted with software for transcribing, analyzing, and archiving digital audio, video, and textual data. The facility also houses a small library. The lab supports courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, as well as sociology and linguistics, providing undergraduate students with hands-on training in ethnographic data-gathering and qualitative data analysis.



Tutoring is available by appointment for the following courses:

  • ANT 1310: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 2330: Cross-Cultural Communication
  • ANT 2500: Anthropology of Language

To schedule a tutoring appointment with one of our student staff, please email In your email, please specify which course you would like tutoring in and who your instructor is for that course.


Ongoing Professional Research Projects


Auraria Library Resources for Anthropology Research



Ethnography Lab Personnel 

Ethnography Lab Director
Rebecca Forgash, PhD

Lab Coordinator
Jill Scott, MA


Spring 2019 Ethnography Lab Student Staff

Leah Bourgoin

Leah Bourgoin in front of mountain vista.Leah Bourgoin started an internship in the Ethnography Lab in spring 2019. She is a junior at MSU Denver majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Nonprofit Studies. She hopes to be a project manager for a nonprofit and use applied anthropology to create meaningful projects. She loves hiking, cooking, and travelling. She also loves museums and has been to the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Smithsonian. 


Cassie Hardy

Cassie Hardy Photo in Ethnography LabCassie Hardy has been working in the Ethnography Lab since fall 2016 on the Ch’orti’ Language Project. A full time student in her final semester of undergrad, she is a double-major in Linguistics and Spanish, pursuing a Translation Certification. Her interests include history, politics, anthropology and sociology, world-travel, and world languages. Her hobbies include exploring our beautiful state, bike-riding, writing (fiction and nonfiction), and slowly learning piano. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She speaks fluent Spanish, and can actively translate Latin, Koine Greek, and Old English.  

Roman Khamov

Roman KhamovRoman Khamov is a senior at MSU Denver. He is a Linguistics major and Computer Science minor, leading him to study the sciences of both human and computer languages. He currently speaks 3 (human) languages and is also working on Japanese, with the goal of eventually becoming a polyglot. Roman joined the Ethnography Lab in the fall of 2017, and is currently the Student Lab Lead, always happy to help with any work that needs doing around the lab. 


Nichole Lambert

Nichole Lambert is a junior at MSU Denver, majoring in Anthropology and double-minoring in Linguistics and History. She has an adoration for other cultures and languages and is interested in traveling, history, hiking, painting, and reading. Nichole joined the Ethnography Lab at MSU Denver in the fall of 2018.



Liam Price

Liam Price

Liam Price is a junior at MSU Denver who has been working in the Ethnography Lab since spring 2018. Liam is double majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology, with a minor in Spanish. In his free time Liam likes to hike, read, and practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As with others in the lab, Liam is an aspiring polyglot and loves to study languages and travel.



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