Emily A. Schultz is Associate Professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She received the Ph.D in anthropology from Indiana University. She has done field research on ethnic identity in northern Cameroon. Her research on linguistic relativity led to a book comparing the work of Benjamin Whorf and Mikhail Bakhtin, Dialogue at the Margins: Whorf, Bakhtin, and Linguistic Relativity. She is currently doing research on the anthropology of science and the possibilities of four-field anthropology.
Robert H. Lavenda is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Cloud State University. He received the Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University. His dissertation research examined social organization and social change in Caracas, Venezuela. He has also done research in Costa Rica and Chile, but most of his research over the last 20 years has been on small town festivals in Minnesota, which has resulted in several publications, including Corn Fests and Water Carnivals: Celebrating Community in Minnesota.
Schultz and Lavenda have worked together on a variety of projects since 1974, and have published three textbooks together. Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, now in its sixth edition, has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Bulgarian. They are married and have two children.