31 December 2019


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

I am currently conducting SoTL research based on data I collected in my Culture & Society courses during AY 2018-2019. This IRB-approved study focuses on the mechanisms through which students come to challenge their ethnocentrism and internalize cultural relativism.

20 November 2019

Tamil Nadu

Country Chicken, Globalization, and Discourse

In this article, I draw on Foucauldian concepts of knowledge, discourse, and power to explore comparisons Tamils in Madurai provided for valuing country chicken over broiler chicken, and the extent to which these comparisons level critiques against globalization.

01 April 2019


Judging Non-Judgement

Assessing Anthropology Students’ Adoption of Cultural RelativismReferenceChera, Madeline. 2019. “Judging Non-Judgement: Assessing Anthropology Students’ Adoption of Cultural Relativism,” 20th Annual Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN, April 2019.

01 October 2018

Tamil Nadu

Our Drama, Our Food

Susan Seizer and I co-authored a paper using our two specialty foci to discuss the socio-linguistic significance of the inclusive "we" and "our" in Tamil culture.