Giovanni Bennardo, Ph.D.
Presidential Research Professor

Professor Bennardo's area of specialization is linguistic and cognitive anthropology. His research and interests are interdisciplinary; he brings together linguistic, psychological and anthropological perspectives to cognitive science.  He's taught at UCLA, University of Missouri, Columbia, College of Charleston, South Carolina. He currently teaches courses in linguistic anthropology, cognitive anthropology and cognitive science.


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in Linguistics, Ohio University
  • Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere: English. Universitá di Pisa, Italy

Academic Interests

  • Linguistic and cognitive anthropology
  • Knowledge representations
  • Spatial cognition
  • Cultural models
  • Language and culture
  • Language and space
  • Cultural models of nature
  • Conceptual semantics
  • Pacific navigation
  • Polynesian kinship
  • Social networks
Giovanni Bennardo


Giovanni Bennardo
Department of Anthropology
Stevens Building Rm 269
Curriculum Vitae