Dr. Debra Picchi

Professor of Anthropology

Debra Picchi's Bio Photo


B.A. Anthropology, University of Buffalo
M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida

Phone: (603) 899-4264

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Women Around the World
  • Human Sexuality
  • International Business Cultures
  • Violence and Aggression
  • Magic and Witchcraft
  • Global Problems
  • Living & Working Abroad
  • Anthropology Theory and Ethics
  • Senior Thesis Supervision
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Brazil
  • Indigenous peoples of the Lowlands of South America
  • Maya and Central American peoples

Honors & Awards

New Hampshire Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, U.S. Professors of the Year Program

Outstanding Faculty Member, Student Senate Award

Faculty Member of the Year   Franklin Pierce College

Publications and Presentations

The Bakairí Indians of Brazil:  Politics, Ecology and Change. First and Second Edition.  Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press.
“Anthropologists and Adventurers: From Sages to Action Heroes.” In The Heroic Anthropologist Rides Again: The Depiction of the Anthropologist in Popular Culture. Pp.33-59.  Ed. Frank Salamone. UnitedKingdom: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Society for Applied Anthropology

Conferences Attended

  • Attended month-long seminar on "Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture" in Amman, Jordan.  Sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) and funded by the U.S. Department of State.
  • “Anthropologists and Adventurers: From Sages to Action Heroes.” Presented at the 2011 Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.  Montreal, Canada.
  • “Becoming a Global Citizen.” Presented at US State Department-Funded Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Western African Young Leaders Training Sessions.


Grants Received

  • Two-times winner of Whiting Foundation Research Fellowship
    -Three-times of Franklin Pierce University Faculty Grant



  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Learning Assessment Subcommittee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee   - multiple terms of service
  • Academic Standards Committee


  • General Liberal Education Council (GLEC)     
  • International Task Force