2017-18 General Catalog

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Program Statement | 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, knowledge production, improvisation

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

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

Judith A. Habicht-Mauche
Precontact and early contact North America; Southwest and Southern Plains; social networks and cross-cultural interaction; migration; community and identity formation; ceramic production and exchange; technology as cultural practice; archaeometry and materials analysis

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

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.

Associate Professor

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

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
Religion and secularism; anthropology of Islam; gender and sexuality; multiculturalism/pluralism; modernity and its "Others"; ethnography and ethics; colonial and post-colonial France/Europe; theory and methods in the study of religion

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

Megan Moodie
Feminist theory, reproductive politics, development, legal identities, affirmative action, ethnographic methods, narrative, literature, utopias and other postsocialist/postcolonial imaginaries, connected histories and the longue durée, South Asia, Eastern Europe

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

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

Nidhi Mahajan
Shadow economies, political economy, seafarers, dhow trade, Indian Ocean, East Africa, South Asia, maritime commerce, insecurity, sovereignty, political anthropology, historical anthropology

Vicky M. Oelze
Dietary adaptation and ecology of extant great apes, prehistoric humans and fossil hominins; reconstruction of habitat use and mobility in apes and prehistoric humans; isotope (carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, strontium, oxygen) and trace element biochemistry

Tsim Schneider
Anthropological archaeology, culture contact and colonialism, Spanish missions, borderlands, landscape and place, social memory, lithics, indigenous archaeology, California and North America

Savannah Shange-Binion
Abolition, blackness and antiblackness, social movements, late liberal statecraft, multiracial coalition, gentrification, anthropology of education, queer theory, femme gender, ethnographic ethics, California and North America

Jerry Zee
Environmental anthropology, feminist science studies, cultural and political anthropology of China; meteorology and atmospheres, governance, engineering, aesthetics

Professor Emeriti

May N. Diaz, Emerita

Shelly Errington, Emerita

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, Emerita

Susan Harding, Emerita

Diane K. Lewis, Emerita

Daniel T. Linger, Emeritus

Carolyn Martin Shaw, Emerita

Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Emerita

Triloki N. Pandey, Emeritus

Richard R. Randolph, Emeritus

Stuart A. Schlegel, Emeritus

Adrienne L. Zihlman, Emerita


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

Annapurna Pandey
Globalization and development, women’s entrepreneurship and political leadership in India, South Asia; women's political and religious lives and their representation in film, media and literature dealing with India and Indian diaspora; filmmaking on the experiences of the diasporic Odias in California

Alejandra Kramer
Women and politics, political anthropology, feminist anthropology and theory, gender and politics, ethnographic methods, power and culture, media and culture, Latin America—Southern Cone

Jude Todd, Emerita
Indigenous American world views; permaculture; culturally prescribed attitudes toward water and soil; chemical-industry influences on government, university research, and popular belief systems; transgenerational epigenetic inheritance

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Susan Kuzminsky
Skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, virtual 3D anthropology, skeletal correlates of human behavior (paleodiet, health, nutrition, social identity, activities), human evolutionary biology, ancient human dispersals, NAGPRA compliance, human rights, non-destructive research methods, peopling of the Americas, Pacific Rim, prehistory of California, Chile, and Peru

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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

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

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, Emeritus (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 (History of Consciousness)

Paul Koch (Earth Sciences)
Isotope biogeochemistry, vertebrate paleontology

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

Marc Mangel, Emeritus (Applied Mathematics and Statistics)

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

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

Richard “Ed” Green (Biomolecular Engineering)
Genomics, computational molecular biology, genome assembly, human evolutionary genetics, ancient DNA, high-throughput sequencing, mRNA-processing and alternative splicing

Irene E Lusztig (Film and Digital Media)
Film and video production, experimental ethnography and essayistic nonfiction; representions of  historical memory; archives, propaganda and training films; feminist film practices; medical film; autobiographical filmmaking; interactive documentary; editing

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

Assistant Professor

Kristina Lyons (Feminist Studies)
Feminist, postcolonial and decolonial science studies, environmental humanities of the global South, politics of "nature" and "matter," ethnographic theory, literary ethnography and poetics, politics and the political in Latin America, socioecological justice, sociocultural anthropology

Elaine A. Sullivan (History)
Pharaonic Period Egypt; Greek and Roman Egypt; women and gender; material culture; ritual landscape; 3D modeling; Digital Humanities and the use of emerging technologies in studying the ancient world


Revised: 09/01/17