Rachel Mitchell
Anthropology Faculty
(209) 790-3887
Watsonville Center and Online

Fall 2023 Student Support Hours

In Person: Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30 AM and 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Watsonville Center, Room A340

Via Zoom: Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00 PM via Zoom Link to Join | Meeting ID 840 9466 9415

By appointment: Please email me at

B.A. Anthropology UCSC; M.A. Anthropology University of Kentucky

Associate Faculty with Cabrillo College since 2002

I discovered my pathway to anthropology right here at Cabrillo College! I am honored and thrilled to now be teaching about this exciting, dynamic, and ever so relevant field. It's through teaching anthropology that I offer students a meaningful opportunity to contemplate what it means to be a member of the community called LIFE and what it means to be human upon the earth as we strive towards a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world.

As an applied anthropologist, my passion is in teaching anthropology by promoting education, empathy, and activism, including student service learning in the community. A degree in Anthropology is an excellent foundation for working in any number of areas: health, business, international relations, social work, education, just to name a few.

I am also active in high school outreach and encouraging high school students to take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities at Cabrillo. Anthropology courses are an excellent option for high school students to start exploring career and academic pathways and I welcome high school students in all of my classes!

Outside of class I love to spend time outdoors watching bees, butterflies, birds, and the stars, hiking all over California (and beyond), reading, cooking, listening to podcasts, and doing yoga.

I am honored to be a partner in your learning journey and am looking forward to learning with and from you during your time at Cabrillo. Please always feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, concerns, or need any guidance in my class or at the college in general. I'm always happy to help support students every step of the way.

Stay human 🙂

This Fall 2023 I am teaching the following courses in person at the Watsonville Center:

Anthro 1: Intro to Biological Anthropology Section 1

Anthro 1L: Bio Anthro Lab, Section 1

I am teaching the following courses ONLINE this fall:

Anthro 1, Section 9

Anthro 1L, Section 7