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Cynthia Noyes, J.D.

Chair, Social Science Department; Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Pre-Law Advisor

Professor Cynthia Noyes completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana after first studying at the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany. After her graduation she worked and studied as a survey archaeologist for the Illinois Archaeological Survey. Noyes earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of New Hampshire School of Law, then practiced law in New Hampshire for 11 years before coming to Olivet College.

Prof. Noyes’ primary areas of interest are alternative dispute resolution and gender law. Following recent study at Vermont Law School she is currently working on a paper addressing the need for paradigm change in our perception of our place in the environment.

Prof. Noyes helps her students develop their academic and intellectual capacities by integrating the courses in the Sociology/Anthropology program in a way that has students continuously building on prior learning. She is a strong proponent of experiential learning and encourages her students to engage in internships and volunteer service as they study. She also promotes student attendance at professional conferences.

Prof. Noyes has traveled with her students in Michigan, South Dakota, Ireland and through the south on the trail of the civil rights movement. She is planning a future course on pilgrimages that will take students to England and Spain. She encourages her students to study abroad and has seen them do coursework in Honduras, Ghana, Japan, India and England.

Prof. Noyes is also the director of Olivet College's Women's Resource Center. 

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