2013-14 General Catalog

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Program Description | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Donald Brenneis
Linguistic anthropology, folklore, legal anthropology, ethnomusicology, overseas Indians, South Asia, disputing and dispute management, legal language, bureaucratic institutions

Melissa L. Caldwell
Poverty and public health; welfare, charity, and assistance; food and consumption; gardens, nature, and landscapes; religion; socialism and postsocialism; Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe

Nancy N. Chen
Medical anthropology, visual anthropology, urban anthropology, Asian American identity, mental health, food, China

May N. Diaz, Emerita

Shelly Errington
Globalization of folk art, visual and social semiotics, photography, film, the Internet and digital media, Southeast Asia, and Latin America

Alison Galloway
Skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, human variation, history and ethics of physical anthropology, reproductive energetics and aging

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez
Neolithic Africa and Eurasia, colonial New Mexico, origins of food production, pastoralists, zooarchaeology, history of archaeology, interpretive theory, visual anthropology

Judith A. Habicht-Mauche
Precontact and early contact North America; cross-cultural interaction and trade; ceramic technology; archaeology of gender, power, and identity; Southwest and Southern Plains

Susan Harding
Culture, politics, narrative, gender, local/global studies, ethnographic writing, fundamentalism, Christianity, state-making, aging, America, and Spain

Diane K. Lewis, Emerita

Daniel T. Linger, Emeritus
General human theory, psychological anthropology, self, consciousness, identity, memory, politics, conflict, Brazil.

Carolyn Martin Shaw, Emerita

Olga Nájera-Ramírez
Folklore theory, ritual, festival, dance, greater Mexican culture, history and folklore, transnationalism, identity; expressive culture, ethnomusicology, bilingual communication, gender, history, and culture of Latin America, the U.S., and Mexico

Triloki Nath Pandey
Native peoples of North America, cultures of India, political anthropology, anthropological theories and comparisons; native North America; tribal India; Nepal

Richard R. Randolph, Emeritus

Lisa Rofel
Critical theory, anthropology of modernity, popular/public culture, gender and sexuality, queer theory, transnational capitalism, postcolonial and transnational feminism, China

Danilyn Rutherford
Borders and frontiers, colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, kinship, performance, Christianity, secularism, sovereignty, publics, affect, technology, governancy, theory and method in anthropology, West Papua, Indonesia, the U.S.

Stuart A. Schlegel, Emeritus

Anna Tsing
Culture and politics; feminist theory; globalization; multi-species anthropology; social landscapes and forest ethnoecologies; multi-sited ethnography; Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.

Adrienne L. Zihlman, Emerita
Primate and human evolution, comparative functional anatomy of monkeys and apes, sex and gender, growth and development, life history and evolutionary theory, history of physical anthropology

Associate Professor

Mark Anderson
Racial formation, diaspora, nationalism, transnationalism, culture and power; Latin America, African diaspora

Andrew Salvador Mathews
Environmental anthropology, science and technology studies, conservation and development, climate change, environmental history, Mexico, Latin America, Italy

J. Cameron Monroe
Historical archaeology, complex societies, political economy, architecture and landscape, Africa and the African diaspora

Renya Ramirez
Native American studies, Indian identity, Native Americans and anthropology, urban Indians, Native American women, cultural citizenship, expressive culture, and anti-racist education

Matthew Wolf-Meyer
Anthropology and history of medicine and public health, science studies, American studies, popular culture, the United States and the United Kingdom

Assistant Professor

Chelsea Blackmore
Pre-Columbian archaeology (Mesoamerican focus), identity formation, complex societies, class and state formation, gender, feminist/queer theory

Jon Daehnke
Archaeology of the North American Pacific Coast, cultural heritage politics and law, contemporary Native American politics, human-environment interaction, landscape and place, collaborative methodologies, NAGPRA implementation and compliance, public representations of heritage and memory

Lars Fehren-Schmitz
Palaeogenetics / anthropological genetics, human evolutionary ecology, evolutionary demography, gene-culture coevolution, migration theories, population history of the Americas, archaeology of South America

Mayanthi Fernando
Anthropology of religion, secularism, Islam, multiculturalism/pluralism; colonial and post-colonial France, Europe

Megan Moodie
Feminist theory; reproductive and population politics; development; legal identities and affirmative action; indigeneity; “other” Orientalisms; language and literature; South Asia; Eastern Europe


Guillermo Delgado-P., Emeritus
Latin American cultures; comparative indigeneity; indigenous property rights; cultures of the sacred; ecologies and peasantries; Quechua/Andean linguistics, mining, labor history; alternative/electronic journalism; anthropology in the developing world; interethnicity; urbanization; social movements; culture theory

Annapurna Pandey
Women’s issues; women's political and religious lives and their representation in film; media and literature dealing with India and Indian Diaspora; film-making on the experiences of the diasporic Odias in the greater bay area

Jude Todd, Emerita
Philosophies of nature, ecopsychology, Native American world views, permaculture, visual arts, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies

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Raoul Birnbaum (History of Art and Visual Culture)
Buddhist studies, especially Chinese practices from medieval times to the present; religion and visual culture in China

John Brown Childs, Emeritus (Sociology)
Ethnic conflict and transcommunal cooperation; sociology of knowledge; African American, Native American, Latino interactions

James T. Clifford, Emeritus (History of Consciousness)
History of anthropology, travel, and exoticism; transnational cultural studies, museum studies, indigenous studies

Carolyn Dean (History of Art and Visual Culture)
Cultural histories of the native Americas and colonial Latin America

A. Russell Flegal (Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology)
Anthropogenic perturbations of biogeochemical cycles, applications of isotopic tracers in anthropology and archaeology

Stephen R. Gliessman, Emeritus (Environmental Studies)
Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, tropical land use and development, alternative trade networks, sustainable livelihoods and conservation, community and agroecology

Donna Haraway, Emerita

Paul Koch (Earth Sciences)
Isotope biogeochemistry, vertebrate paleontology

Patricia Zavella, (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Transnational migration of Mexicans, women's work and domestic labor, poverty, family, sexuality and social networks, feminist studies, ethnographic research methods, and Chicana/Latino studies

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Bury (Environmental Studies)
Political ecology; sustainable development; Latin American studies; international relations; institutional dimensions of natural resource conservation in the global south ; extractive industries; climate change; new models of conservation

Flora Lu (Environmental Studies)
Ecological anthropology, human behavioral ecology, Amazon rainforest, indigenous peoples, conservation, Ecuador, culture change, market integration, indigenous resource management, political ecology, environmental justice

Marcia Ochoa (Feminist Studies)
Gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Latina/o studies, media and cultural studies, ethnography of media, feminism, queer theory, geography, multimedia production, graphic design, colonialism and modernity, Latin American studies—Colombia and Venezuela

S. Ravi Rajan (Environmental Studies)
Environmental history and political ecology, risk and disaster studies, science and technology studies, North-South environmental conflicts, environmental social theory, environmental ethics

Assistant Professor

Cecilia Rivas (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Salvadoran transnationalism; media (Internet newspapers; migration; globalization; race, ethnicity, and gender; bilingualism; consumption; El Salvador; Central America

Revised: 09/01/13