Brandon Fryman, MA
Brandon Fryman received his Master of Arts at California University, Long Beach with an emphasis in Applied Anthropology in 2011. He has conducted ethnographic and applied research in Africa, Mexico and here in the United States. His undergraduate senior honors project, titled "Female Genital Modification: Beyond the Universalism versus Particularism Debate," was published in 2010 where he discussed FGM in depth. His master's thesis project conducted needs assessment and program evaluation on a non-governmental organization working with orphans and their families in Southwestern Uganda. While conducting ethnographic research, he visited the houses of the orphans and participated in workshops hosted by the NGO working with them. He wanted to see if the basic needs of the orphans were being met and whether the programs had a positive or negative effect on them, focusing on health, education, and sustainable living practices.
Professor Fryman has worked with Cambodia Town, writing grants focusing on capacity building projects, working on the business improvement district, and helping create the Gods of Angkor Wat exhibit at the Getty Museum. Additionally, he has worked at the Downtown Women's Center in the Los Angeles Skid Row area distributing feminine hygiene products and information while collecting data on the homeless population and getting children out of sex trafficking rings. He is also a Ugandan Country Specialist for Amnesty International conducting research and creating advocating strategies for social justice and human rights for the people in Uganda and helping with asylum cases in the United States. He has taught at various schools teaching a variety of courses such as criminology, ethnic studies, sociology, and anthropology, focusing on sex and gender, social justice, human rights, international development, indigenous peoples, applied anthropology, and NGOs.
Current projects of Professor Fryman focus on the embodiment of healing from various cultures around the globe. He has recently worked in Arizona and New Mexico focusing on the pan-indigenous movement of the hoop dance and how this is healing some communities. With tantra, he is studying how Buddhist, Hindus, and psychologists are using tantric techniques to heal through somatic touch. All the above has had a drastic effect on his hobbies and interests, volunteering for many organizations he has received an award from former President Obama in recognition for his service in the United States.