Andria Timmer

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology - Honors Program

Andria Timmer

Assistant Professor

Luter Hall 144a
(757) 594-8543


  • Ph D in Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • MPH in Community Health, University of Iowa
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • BA in Anthropology, University of North Texas


Cultural Anthropology, Human Adaption, Health and Healing, Food and Culture, Life of the Roma (Gypsies), Qualitative Methods, The Refugee Experience


Social change and action, nongovernmental organizations, humanitarianism, migration and refugee issues. Regional specializations in the European Union (specifically, Hungary) and the United States.


I am an applied cultural anthropologist with research specializations in political and legal anthropology and teaching expertise in medical and nutritional anthropology. Broadly my research concerns how individuals and groups identify problems and enact social change. In order to address this research focus, I look specifically at the actions and activities of civil sector and nongovernmental organization. This interest has led me to research humanitarian efforts to alleviate childhood malnutrition in Nicaragua and to desegregate the educational system for the Roma in Hungary as well as efforts on the part of mothers in Virginia to alter food pathways. My current research explores the humanitarian response to the "refugee crisis" in Hungary.

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Introduction: Is Female to Male as NGO is to State?. Berghahn Books.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    Gender, Power, and Non-Governance: Is Female to Male as NGO is the State?. Berghahn Books.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2021). The Duality of Education: The Wish to Learn and Not to Learn. Springer.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). Decentralization, Centralization, and Minority Education in Hungary. Sense Publishers.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). Enemies of the Nation: Understanding the Hungarian State's Relationship to Humanitarian NGOs. Journal of International and Global Studies. Volume, 9. Issue, 2.
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    (2018). A Tale of Two Paranoids: A Critical Analysis of the Use of the Paranoid Style by Donald Trump and Viktor Orban. Secrecy and Society. Volume, 1. Issue, 2. Pages, 47.
  • Andria Timmer, Christopher Loy, John Finn, Talks on Tap, "The Battle of Antietam: Then and Now," Suffolk, VA. (2019)
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