The Innovative Anthropologies Lab

Logo for the Innovative Anthropologies Lab. The logomark is a spirograph of continuous overlapping circles with the words "Inno Anth" in the center.

About the Lab

The Innovative Anthropologies Lab (InnoAnth) at Texas State University is a laboratory and network of researchers dedicated to cultural and linguistic anthropologies that take up applied, public, activist, and community-based research aimed to produce impactful and actionable insights.

Being Innovative

Being innovative isn’t just about generating new ideas but also following those ideas out into the communities that live with them to. Real impacts happen among the improvisations of social life. Thus, as innovative anthropologists, we seek to broaden and support diverse forms of doing and communicating anthropology to build iterative and collaborative relationships for ongoing responsive innovation. We support research and learningto help businesses, organizations, and communities better understand how ideas become social realities. And, we strategize better ways of engaging social improvisation as we seek social, economic, and environmental justice and improvements in our communities.

Complex circles of light in a long-exposure photograph.
Complex circles of light in a long-exposure photograph.

The Lab

The InnoAnth lab is located in the Evans Liberal Arts building at Texas State University, Room 261. The space is a hub and co-working space for researchers interested in cultural and linguistic anthropology, public anthropology, and the innovative use of technologies and multimodal production in anthropology research. The lab offers technology and equipment for students, faculty, and our collaborators to use in research, learning, and experimentation. During our open hours, any TXST student or researcher may visit the lab to work, learn and use equipment and computers, collaborate with our members, and learn about our community and research. Members may access the lab outside of open hours and check-out equipment for use in their research.

The Lab Network

Our community is more than just a room. The lab network consists of online resources and services to support and promote the learning and research that takes place in the lab. This includes a member portal, weekly newsletter, events, mentorship and collaboration classifieds, a member generated knowledge base, and more to come. Network members and research members have full access to all network resources.

Complex circles of light in a long-exposure photograph.

Lab Hours

Fall 2023 | ELA 261

Monday 8AM - 4PM

Tuesday 8AM - 4PM

Wednesday 12PM - 6PM

Thursday 8AM - 2PM

Friday Closed

Members may access the lab with their
student ID any time ELA is open.

Learn More

Read about our circular community, our "both...and" values, and committment to a safe and welcoming environment for uncomfortable learning.

Get Involved

Find out about what InnoAnth membership means and how your can get involved in our community.


Already an InnoAnth member? Log into our member portal to access our events, equipment reservations, lab tutorials, and community classifieds.


InnoAnth Lab events are hosted by our members. Public events are open to all. To register for upcoming events, visit our EventBrite page. Members, want to host an event? Log into the member portal to pitch your idea.