Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice received her dual Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Miami. She then earned her Master’s degree in Archaeology (Palaeoethnobotany) from the University of Nottingham in England, and later received her Ph.D. in Communication (Film, Media, and Visual Anthropology track) from the University of Miami. She is also on the Register for Professional Archaeologists. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she has taught courses in Film, Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology at the University of Miami, Barry University, and Metropolitan College of New York in New York City.
As an archaeologist, Dr. Shriver-Rice has experience in Cultural Resource Management as a “rescue archaeologist,” excavating at sites where urban development threatens archaeological remains. She has dug in Downtown Miami at the 2,000 year old Tequesta Village/Fort Dallas/Royal Palm Hotel site (Met Square) at the mouth of the Miami River, as well as in California, Missouri, and Illinois. She has also excavated overseas with international teams in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Scotland, England, and Italy. Her primary research focus is the pre-Roman Italic peoples called the Etruscans from modern day Tuscany. She is especially passionate about the social aspects of food, feasting and trade, the colorful tomb paintings, and portable artwork of the Etruscan culture.
Her film and media research examines the shared ethical themes that place Denmark at the forefront of utilizing film as a medium to negotiate cultural ethics and political values. Her book Inclusion in New Danish Cinema: Sexuality and Transnational Belonging (Intellect Press, 2015) examines this topic. She is currently working on an edited volume on the work of director Susanne Bier. Further research interests include social media addiction, sexuality and Scandinavian women filmmakers of explicit cinema, and issues of first world guilt in Scandinavian cinema. Her publications include a forthcoming article in The Journal of Scandinavian Cinema special issue on sexuality (2015), a chapter in an interdisciplinary book on war and trauma (Speaking the Unspeakable, 2013), and the cover story “Adapting National Identity: Ethical Borders Made Suspect in the Hollywood Version of Susanne Bier’s Brothers,” inFilm International’s special issue Hollywood and the Norden (9:2 2011).
Dr. Shriver-Rice has presented at conferences for The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Society for Advanced Scandinavian Studies, the Conference on the Image in Los Angeles, Film & History Conference, Popular Culture Association, Women and the Silent Screen in Italy, War and Peace in the Czech Republic. She is an active member of the American Institute of Archaeology, Society for Ethnobiology, and is a board member for the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida. She is also a marathon runner, owns a projection screen instead of a television -- and as you can tell from her profile photo -- she is a fan of street artists like JR who use art for social commentary. She serves as the faculty advisor for the GLBT rights club MDC PRIDE as well as the MDC Student Art Club.
You can keep up with her Film and Humanities students from Wolfson campus as they experience (and give strong opinions on) Arts events in Miami on Instagram and Twitter at #MDCArtsImThere and #MDCFilmImThere