Brent Horning graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2023, earning a BA in Anthropology. He was an event organizer with Minorities in Anthropology, and a founding member of the UCSC Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society. Passionate about integrating body/mind awareness within the discipline, he created Somatic Anthropology Sessions.
He is a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship, and Benjamin Gilman Scholarship in 2022. This included intensive Bangla language study in West Bengal, India at the American Institute of Indian Studies and ethnographic fieldwork for his thesis "Globalization of the Gaze: Divine and Secular Seeing in the Durga Puja Festival of Kolkata". The thesis was awarded the Deans Honors for undergraduate research and the Jeremy Demian Marx award for Cultural Anthropology.
With his certifications and extensive work experience in massage therapy, yoga/meditation/sound therapy, and addiction counseling (CADC-1) a body-mind connection informs his explorations and research.
Recent presentations of his research include the 2023 Society for the Anthropology of Religion biennial conference in Victoria, British Colombia and the UCSC Digital Scholarship Symposium.
Upcoming 2023 presentations include the 19th IUAES-WAU World Anthropology Congress on Marginalities, Uncertainties, and World Anthropologies: Enlivening Past and Envisioning Future to be held at University of Delhi, India.
World Anthropology Congress Anthropology in Public Sphere: Indigeneity, Social Justice, Sustainability and Global Peace at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.