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Joan I. Ablon

University of California | Professor Emeritus – Medical Anthropology
Member since 1963

Joan received her degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1963. Her area of anthropological expertise is Medical Anthropology. Joan has spent the last 30 years studying the issues of persons with visible genetic conditions and the stigma surrounding them, Self Help groups, urban Samoans and urban Indians.

Robert E. Ackerman

Robert E. Ackerman

Washington State University, Department of Anthropology | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1957

Dr. Ackerman’s area of expertise is the Prehistory of Beringia (Alaska and Siberia). For doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ackerman conducted archaeological investigations on St. Lawrence Island, which continued in Southern Alaska (Glacier Bay to Dixon Entrance) and Southwestern Alaska (Kuskokwim River drainage and associated uplands). Research visits also included sites in Siberia and the Russian Far East. The archaeological collections are at the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska with the bulk of the collections in the Museum of Anthropology collections at Washington State University. Dr. Ackerman’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1963.

J. M. Adovasio, Phd., D.Sc.

Senator John Heinz History Center | Director of Archaeology
Member since 1969

J. M. Adovasio previously held various academic positions at Youngstown State University, University of Pittsburgh, Mercyhurst University, and Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include prehistoric technology, especially basketry and textiles; early humans in North America; the Archaic (Mesolithic) stage in the Old and New World, including subsistence, demography, technology, settlement patterns, etc.; Quaternary paleoecology and geoarchaeology; and research methodology in the excavation of caves and rockshelters.

William John Alexander

Fairleigh Dickinson University | Retired
Member since 1968

Holding a BA from Middlebury College, an MA and a PhD from the New School, Dr. Alexander has experience in the corporate world and federal government, but mostly in higher education. He has served in positions ranging from professor (anthropology) to vice president and dean for academic affairs. His focus has been on the impact of the U.S. administration of the Marshall Islands, most specifically the U.S. Kwajalein Missile Range. He has testified several times before the UN Trusteeship Council as well as the UN Committee on Decolonization and the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee.

Peter S. Allen

Rhode Island College | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1968

Peter Allen majored in anthropology at Middlebury College and then completed a MA and PhD at Brown University. His MA thesis was on colonial gravestones and his doctoral dissertation focused on social and economic change in a small Greek village. Dr. Allen taught anthropology and archaeology for 42 years at Rhode Island College, retiring in 2014. He specialized in cultural anthropology, peasant studies, the anthropology of Europe, visual anthropology and archaeology, publishing papers and monographs in these areas.

Robert Anderson

Mills College | Professor of Anthropology
Member since 1958

Dr. Anderson has expertise in medical anthropology, educational anthropology and ethnography of Europe. Dr. Anderson was among the first to conduct ethnographic field research in complex societies in Denmark, France, Mexico and inner-city Oakland, California. He has also worked extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain. Further reading on Dr. Anderson’s research can be found in numerous books, contributed chapters and research articles published since 1958.

Riva Berleant-Schiller, PhD.

Riva Berleant-Schiller, PhD.

University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology | Professor Emerita
Member since 1964

Dr. Berleant-Schiller’s areas of expertise are social anthropology and cultural ecology, with the Caribbean as area of research. Between 1971 and 1987, Dr. Berleant-Schiller conducted field research on the two islands of Lesser Antilles, Barbuda and Montserrat. In Barbuda, the research focus was on land use and tenure, fishing livestock, subsistence cultivation, household economy and toponymy. In Montserrat, the research focus was subsistence food gardens and plantation archaeology. After retiring from the University of Connecticut in 1999, Dr. Berleant-Schiller joined the Wilson Museum in Castine, Maine as a research associate and curated two permanent exhibitions based on the museum’s French Paleolithic and Swill Lakes collections. Works have appeared in edited collections. American Ethnologist, Geographical Review and elsewhere. Dr. Berleant-Schiller’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1974.

Margaret B. Blackman

The College at Brockport | Professor Emerita
Member since 1968

PhD, The Ohio State University, 1973. Areas of expertise—Anthropology of Art, Life History and Biography, Ethnohistory. Fieldwork on the Northwest Coast of North America and northern Alaska. Major publications: Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Woman, 1992 (University of Washington Press), Sadie Brower Neakok, An Iñupiaq Woman, 1989 (University of Washington Press), Upside Down: Seasons Among the Nunamiut, 2004 (University of Nebraska Press). Retired 2007. Mayor of Brockport, NY since 2013.

David J. Boyd

University of California, Davis | Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus
Member since 1969

I ‘discovered’ anthropology during a stint in the Peace Corps in Huancavelica, Peru (1964-66), and eventually completed the PhD at UCLA in 1975. My theoretical interests have centered on ecological approaches (human, processual and, currently, political ecology) with long-term research in Papua New Guinea with the Awa (Eastern Highlands, 1970-2013) and the Hagahai (Madang, 1987-91). My major research interest, evident in various publications, concerns the complex process by which previously independent rural cultivators with vibrant exchange-based socioeconomic arrangements respond to colonial domination and engage creatively with the market-driven capitalism of the post-colonial state. My teaching career included Columbia University (1973-77) and UC, Davis (1977-2006).

L. Keith Brown

University of Pittsburgh | Professor Emeritus

Member since 1960

Dr. Brown’s areas of expertise are Cultural Anthropology and Japanese studies. Having received a PhD from University of Chicago in 1964, Dr. Brown went on to research kinship and economic change, rural-urban comparisons, the emperor as an ethnic/ancestral symbol, and the intermixture of Buddhism and Shinto as religious rituals. Dr. Brown’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1963.

Carole H. Browner, PhD, MPH

UCLA | Research Professor
Member since 1969

Carole Browner’s research interests lie principally at the intersection of gender, reproduction, and health, notably how gender-based power relations shape women’s and men’s reproductive behavior. She has also examined the use and misuse of genetic testing in diagnosing neurological disease. Field sites have included Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. She served on the Executive and/or Scientific Advisory Boards of local, state, and national organizations, and held elected office in the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society for Latin American Anthropology, and the Society for Medical Anthropology.

David M Brugge

National Park Services | (Retired)
Member since 1960

Dr. Brugge has expertise in southwest archaeology and southwest ethnohistory. Dr Brugge has conducted surveys and excavations of Navajo sites, pipeline archaeology from the four corners region to Los Angeles (diverse cultures) and studied Navajo-Hispanic relations, Navajo ethnohistory and Navajo pottery. For further reading Dr. Brugge’s research is catalogued with the Museum of Northern Arizona, National Park Services (New Mexico and Tucson), and the Laboratory of Anthropology at the Museum of New Mexico.

Lucy M Cohen

Catholic University | Dept of Anthropology
Member since 1962

Dr. Cohen has expertise in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology and ethnohistory. Dr. Cohen’s extensive research and publications include Culture, Disease and Stress among Latino Immigrants, Chinese in the Post-Civil War South: A People Without a History and Macau Cultural Dialogue Towards a New Millennium.

Sheila C. Cosminsky

Rutgers University, Camden | Professor Emerita, Anthropology
Member since 1963

Dr. Cosminsky received her MA from Washington State University and her PhD from Brandeis University. Her areas of anthropological expertise include Medical Anthropology, especially Maternal and Child Health, Nutritional Anthropology, Ethnic Relations and Migration. During the course of her membership with AAA, she has completed research projects involving medical care in Guatemala, Ethnic Relations in Belize, Infant feeding and practices in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Guatemala and Japan (Tokyo).

Hal Conklin

Yale University
Member since 1940

Dr. Conklin has expertise in ethnography, linguistics and ethnoecology. Dr. Conklin’s research projects include Iroquoian ethnography (Mohawk and Seneca), Hanunoo ethnography and Ifugao ethnography. Further reading on Dr. Conklin’s research can be found at Yale, Department of Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Natural History Sterling Memorial Library.

Vincent Crapanzano

CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Human Environments | Distinguished Professor
Member since 1969

Vincent Crapanzano teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received his A.B. in philosophy from Harvard, and his PhD in anthropology from Columbia. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Chicago, and in Paris, Brazil, and Cape Town and has lectured at major universities in the United States and abroad. He has been interested in hermeneutics, pragmatics, literary, philosophical, and psychiatric anthropology. He has done fieldwork with the Navajo, in Morocco, South Africa, the United States (with Christian fundamentalists and legal conservatives) and in France with the Harkis. Among his books are The Hamadsha, Tuhami, Waiting: the Whites of South Africa, Hermes’ Dilemma and Hamlet's Desire; Serving the Word: Imaginative Horizons, and Recapitulations, a memoir. He has been a Guggenheim fellow, a Fulbright scholar (Brazil), a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, a Jensen Memorial Lecturer in Frankfurt, and a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He was president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, from which he recently received a lifetime achievement award.

Regna Darnell

University of Western Ontario | Professor Emerita and Research Adjunct Professor
Member since 1968

Regna Darnell is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology Emerita and Research Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, cross-appointed to Public Health in the Schulich School and Medicine and Dentistry, affiliate faculty in Women's Studies and core faculty in Theory & Criticism. She is General Editor of the Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the American Philosophical Society. Her fieldwork is primarily with Plains Cree, Anishinaabemowin and Kwakwaka'wakw.

Dr. Warren N. Deutsch

Georgian Court College | Retired Professor of Social Studies Education
Member since 1969

Dr. Deutsch received his BA in Anthropology from SUNY at Buffalo and his MA in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University. He earned an EdD in Social Studies Education in 1979. He taught at Georgian Court College for twenty-three years, attaining the rank of full professor. Dr. Deutsch was chairman of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology for eighteen years. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “An Examination of Various Factors Related to Middle Class People’s Opinions Towards the Poor”. In addition, Dr. Deutsch served eight years on the Lakewood, New Jersey Board of Education including two years as its president.

Don E. Dumond

University of Oregon
Member since 1959

Don E. Dumond has expertise in prehistory/ethnohistory of American Artic, prehistory of central highland Mexico and paleodemography. Dr. Dumond’s research projects include archaeology and ethnohistory of western Alaska, prehistory of Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico and the Caste War of Yucatan. Further reading on Dr. Dumond’s research is can be found at University of Oregon library system, Arctic Archaeology (vol 47, no 2).

John D. Early

Florida Atlantic University | Professor Emeritus Anthropology
Member since 1969

John received M.A. degrees in Philosophy, Theology, Sociology from St. Louis Universit4y, Woodstock College and Fordham University. He received a Ph.D. in Social Relations from Harvard. Dr. Early has published four books on the Population Dynamics of the Maya, Mucajai Yanomami of Brazil and Agta of the Philippines. He has published two books on the interaction between the Maya and Catholic Religions. The Florida Atlantic University library has established an archive of his research materials.

Fadwa El Guindi, Ph.D.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Retiree Anthropologist
Member since 1966

El Guindi received a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1972 from UT, Austin, Her field-based research areas are Nubia, the Valley Zapotec, the Arabian Gulf, Islamic Movements, Ritual Structure, and Kinship Theory. She published 3 visual ethnographies, 7 books, and over 150 research articles, some appearing in French, Arabic, Indonesian, Italian, Russian and Spanish. She was invited Distinguished Professor at Qatar University and Head of its Department of Social Sciences. She is recipient of international distinctions and awards. Recently she was elected Fellow then Trustee at the international think tank, World Academy of Art & Science.

Harvey A. Feit

McMaster University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1969

Harvey Feit received his B.A. in Philosophy from Queen’s University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University, and he taught at Carleton, McGill and McMaster Universities. He has had visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale (Paris), the University of Alaska Anchorage, Trent University and McGill. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the RAI, he is a past President of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA). His research interests are: state - Indigenous co-governance, colonialism and situated autonomies, Indigenous life projects, everyday ontologies, animals-nature-culture, relational hunting, conservation sciences, and histories of scholarly engagements. A repository of his publications is at: https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/simple-search?query=Feit. He has worked with Indigenous organizations across Canada, and in the U.S., Australia, and Russia. For five decades Harvey Feit has worked closely with Waswanipi and other James Bay Cree Eeyou on ethnographic and quantitative research, treaty negotiations, legal actions, and program development. As a scholar and a person Harvey values how he has been changed through these relationships.

N. Louanna Furbee

University of Missouri | Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Member since 1969

N. Louanna Furbee is a Mayanist. She began her linguistic anthropological career describing Tojol-ab'al Mayan, preparing a grammar, a computer-aided dictionary, and a computerized concordance of Tojol-ab'al texts.. She also edited a 3-part series of the IJAL-NATS series that presents texts from 17 Mayan languages. In addition, Furbee investigated comparatively the cultural cognitions of medical knowledge of speakers of Tojol-ab'al, Quechua, and Aymara, and the cognition of Quechua speakers' management of soils and terrace agriculture. She also developed knowledge acquisition methods for obtaining cultural data valid for multivariate analyses. In the 1990s she and her students documented Chiwere-Siouan, a language with fewer than 10 fluent speakers. She co-edited a volume (Grenoble & Furbee) from an LSA-sponsored conference on documentation and revitalization of endangered languages. Long collaborations with Tojol-ab'al speakers encouraged her forming a Tojol-ab'al-held Mexican non-profit NGO for documentation and revitalization of Tojol-ab'al (CDIT, AC). Furbee remains an external advisor for the group.

Jack Glazier

Oberlin College | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1967

Jack Glazier, Professor Emeritus at Oberlin College, taught anthropology there from 1971 until his retirement in 2013. The scope of his fieldwork over the course of his career included research in East Africa among subsistence farmers, Eastern European immigrants and their descendants in the American Midwest, and African Americans in the upper South. In talks on public radio, schools, and churches, regarding his most recent work on race and memory in Christian county, western Kentucky, he has stimulated continuing community discussions regarding public history, diversity, and the contested past. Dr. Glazer is the author of Land and the Uses of Tradition Among the Mbeere of Kenya;Dispersing the Ghetto: The Relocation of Jewish Immigrants Across America; and Been Coming Through Some Hard Times: Race, History and Memory in Western Kentucky.He is currently completing a book on radical humanism in anthropology with particular attention to the work of Paul Radin. A fellow of the AAA and the RAI, his professional positions have included membership on the Board of the Directors of the AAA and the Presidency of the Central States Anthropological Society.

James Green

University of Washington | Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Member since 1963

Dr. Green received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1972. His areas of anthropological expertise are Comparative End of Life issues and Bio-Ethics. During the course of his membership with AAA, he has completed dissertations on Labor and Migration in the West Indies (1969-1970), Cross-Cultural issues in Social Services and Doctor-Patient (limited English) communication at End of Life.

Rena C Gropper

Independent Consultant
Member since 1952

Has expertise in health anthropology. Dr. Gropper’s research projects include Gypsy studies, health/medical anthropology and applied anthropology. For further reading, Dr. Gropper’s research is catalogued with WorldCat (OCLC).

Dr. Edward O. Henry

San Diego State University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1969

An interest in folk music and society led Edward Henry to graduate school at Michigan State University, where he earned the doctorate in Cultural Anthropology, which he taught at San Diego State University for thirty-three years, attaining the rank of Professor. With Fulbright, NIMH, and SDSU grants he conducted field work in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Rajasthan, publishing a book, long-playing record, compact disc, and twenty-some articles centering on the music he collected and social life he observed. He served as President of the Southern Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology and is Past-President of San Diego Audubon Society.

Ronald Hicks

Ball State University | Department of Anthropology
Member since 1962

Dr. Hicks has expertise in archaeology, in addition to teaching biological anthropology, folklore and Irish myth. Dr. Hick’s primary research focused on the study of pre-Christian sacred sites in Ireland and also includes the study of Early/Middle Woodland sites in Indiana. Further reading in Dr. Hick’s research is available in the collections of Ball State’s Anthropology Department.

Patricia J. Higgins

State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh | Professor Emerita
Member since 1967

Patricia J. Higgins holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is university distinguished service professor emerita at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. She has conducted ethnographic research in Iran and among Iranians in the United States and published her work in several peer-reviewed journals and as chapters in edited volumes. She has also published several articles and co-edited several collections on anthropology and pre-college education. In addition, she served as editor of Practicing Anthropology for six years and as Monograph Series Editor for the Society for Applied Anthropology for three years, as well as co-editing the book Classics of Practicing Anthropology: 1978-1998. For the last dozen years of her career at SUNY Plattsburgh, she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and then Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Since her retirement in 2011, her primary academic activity has been translating works from Persian to English. A book entitled The Thousand Families: Commentary on Leading Political Figures of Nineteen Century Iran, co-translated with Dr. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, is due out in 2018.

Thomas W. Hill

University of Northern Iowa | Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Member since 1964

Thomas W. Hill received his BS in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on psychological and medical anthropology. He conducted fieldwork with the Kiowa Apache in Oklahoma, a skid road population in Seattle, Washington, and the Santee Dakota and Winnebago in Iowa. His ethnographic and ethnohistorical investigations focused on alcohol use and the Native American Church. He spent his academic career at the University of Northern Iowa and served as the Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. He received his college’s Outstanding Teaching Award for tenured faculty and published Native American Drinking: Life Styles, Alcohol Use, Drunken Comportment, Problem Drinking, and the Peyote Religion in 2013.

Dr Edward Hosley

State University of New York | Retired Associate Vice President
Member since 1960

Dr Hosley has expertise in socio-cultural anthropology and archaeology. Dr Hosley’s primary research consisted of ethnographic and archaeological studies in interior and coastal Alaska (Athapaskan and Innit). Further reading is available in the University of Alaska archives.

Robert W. Jarvenpa

University at Albany - State University of New York | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1968

Robert Jarvenpa is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Anthropology at University at Albany, SUNY, and is a research associate at the New York State Museum. He received a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1975. As an ecologically-oriented social anthropologist and ethnoarchaeologist he has conducted numerous field research projects in Alaska, Canada, Finland, western Siberia, and Central America. Much of his scholarship has focused on hunter-gatherer subsistence and sociospatial organization, agrarian ecology and decision making, economic change and interethnic relations, and gender dynamics. He has worked with and written extensively about the Chipewyan (Denesoline) of the English River First Nation with whom he has enjoyed a nearly fifty-year relationship. His most recent book, "Declared Defectve: Native American, Eugenics, and the Myth of Nam Hollow," (2018, University of Nebraska Press) is an anthropological history of an outcast community and the eugenics profession.

Suad Joseph

Suad Joseph

University of California, Davis | Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus
Member since 1966

Dr. Joseph’s areas of expertise are the Arab region, Lebanon, family systems, socialization of children and youth for citizenship, women and gender, selfhood/subjectivity, gender/nation/state, gender/religion/state, gendered and cultural frameworks for mental health, and gendered/intersectional frameworks for STEM education. Having received a PhD in 1975 at Columbia University, Dr. Joseph focused on the politicization of religion and community formation in working class neighborhoods in Lebanon, among other pursuits relating to youth socialization for citizenship. Dr. Joseph’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1967.

Laura F. Klein

Pacific Lutheran University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1967

Laura Klein earned a PhD in anthropology from New York University with a dissertation on women and local level politics in a Tlingit community. She joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran U in 1979 and has since been involved in the transformation of two person concentration in a joint department with sociology and social work to an independent six faculty anthropology department. She has continued to do research and write about gender and Tlingit issues and has increasingly focused on historic settler colonialism and global issues. Her most recent research involves a case of US adults who were adopted from a notorious Canadian adoption agency. She is the author of Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues (Prentice-Hall) with political scientist, Ann Kelleher, Native American Women and Power (Oklahoma) co-edited with Lillian A Ackerman, and Women and Men in World Cultures (McGraw-Hill) as well as several articles.

Donald V. Kurtz

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee | Professor Emeritus (1969 - 1997)
University of Texas-San Antonio | Research Professor (1997- present)
Member since 1968

Dr. Kurtz received his PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1970. He conducted research concerned with the politics of poverty on the Mexico-US border, adaptions to industrialization in central Mexico, and the politics of a university in India. He has published extensively on issues related to political and social organizations, and, most recently, the politics global warming. His work can be found in a number of American and European journals.

Pauline Kolenda

University of Houston | (Emerita)
Member since 1957

Dr. Kolenda has expertise in socio-cultural anthropology of rural India. Dr. Kolenda has conducted extensive field research in north, central and south India focusing on kinship, family and women. Further reading on Dr. Kolenda’s research can be found in Caste, Cult and Hierarchy, Caste, Marriage and Inequality and Regional Differences in Family Structure in India.

Charles C Kolb

National Endowment for the Humanities
Member since 1961

Dr. Kolb's areas of expertise include archaeology and cultural anthropology/ethnology-Mesoamerica, Central and South Asia and Northeastern North America, as well as ceramic ecology, ceramic analysis settlement pattern analysis and ethnohistory. For further reading Dr. Kolb’s research is catalogued with the National Museum of Afghanistan, Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Anthropology and the American Museum of Natural History.

Joan D Koss-Chioino, PhD

ASU | Professor Emerita
Member since 1959

Dr. Koss-Chioino has expertise in biological anthropology and religion. Among her extensive research projects, Dr. Koss-Chioino has worked to develop more effective approaches to improving community awareness of dengue in correlation to mosquito control and studied the epidemiology of psychiatric illness with reference to organic syndromes. Further reading on Dr. Koss-Chioino’s research can be found in the National Institute of Mental Health Archives, as well as numerous books and journals.

Conrad P. Kottak

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor | Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology
Member since 1963

Dr. Kottak received his PhD from Columbia University in 1966.His areas of anthropological expertise both general and sociocultural anthropology. During the course of his membership with AAA, Dr. Kottak has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Brazil, Madagascar, and the United States. Recent research includes the evolution of media use and impact in Brazil, the social context of deforestation and biodiversity conservation in Madagascar and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.

Darrell E. La Lone

DePauw University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1969

How does anthropology matter? Our ancestors, our teachers, shape our answer and career path. My PhD was shaped at The University of Michigan, where Leslie White urged seeking a science of culture, where Eric Wolf taught anthropology as the most humanistic of the sciences and most scientific of the humanities, Jeff Parsons showed the power of archaeology, and Elman Service cautioned against models for the methodology of mouthtalk. More recent colleagues and friends such as Tom Hall have opened understanding of world-systems, David Sloan Wilson has revolutionized my understanding of evolution, and Agustin Fuentes has brought it all into synthesis. And my teaching career aspired to continue their wisdom.

Dr. Olga Linares

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute | Senior Scientist Emeritus
Membervsince 1955

Dr. Linares has expertise in West African agrarian systems, ecological processes affecting human settlements, economies of underdevelopment and women’s subsistence activities. Dr. Linares has conducted numerous research projects on agrarian practices among Jola of Senegal and paleoecological reconstructions of subsistence processes in Africa and Central America. Further reading on Dr. Linares’ research is catalogued with the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC).

David G. Lord

Member since 1967

My first teaching experience was one year (a/y 1967-1968) as an instructor at Springfield College in Massachusetts, followed by 48 years at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, from which I retired in 2010 (between 2010 and 2016 I was a paid annuitant in anthropology). My main interests in our discipline have been human ecology, comparative law, psychological anthropology, and forensic anthropology. Field research included work in San Pedro Village, Ambergris Caye, British Honduras (economic/ecological study); Utila, The Bay Islands of Honduras (remittance economics); Grand Cayman Island (emigration); and Cuba (oral history collecting). I also served for 15 years as an unpaid consultant on the Bay Islands for the Cayman Islands National Archive. Post retirement study has been on the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Maui, and Oahu (restoration and refurbishment of native plant and animal life), resulting thus far in two conference presentations.

Michael Maccoby, PhD

The Maccoby Group
Member since 1969

Michael Maccoby, PhD has combined cultural anthropology and psychoanalysis in his studies of Mexican peasants and advanced work organizations. From research, he moved to direct projects to improve the quality of working life in the US, UK and Sweden. For his work in Sweden, he was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star. He is the author or co-author of 16 books on leadership and work.

Maxine Margolis

University of Florida - Professor Emerita of Anthropology; Columbia University Institute of Latin American Studies - Senior Research Scholar
Member since 1964

Dr. Margolis received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from New York University and her PhD from Columbia University. She is a cultural anthropologist with an area specialty in Brazil and a long-term interest in gender roles cross-culturally. She has done research on agricultural change in Brazil, shifting gender roles in the United States and most recently, Brazilian emigration worldwide. During the course of her membership with AAA, she has done field work in northern Parana, Brazil on the social and economic changes resulting from the shift from coffee cultivation to cattle ranching along with the impact of frost. She has also done field research in eastern Paraguay on Brazilian immigrants living there, with recent extensive research and writing on Brazilian emigration to the United States and ultimately to other countries.

Nancy McDowell

Beloit College | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1969

Dr. McDowell received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. The primary focus of her cultural research was kinship, transaction, and gender in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, where she conducted fieldwork in 1972-74, 1981, and 2001. From 1974 to 1994, she taught at Franklin and Marshall College where she chaired the Anthropology Department and the Womens' Studies Program; for three years was she was the Associate Academic Dean. In 1994 she moved Beloit College to serve as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, but after three years went back to her real love, teaching. She retired in 2012 and happily now lives in a cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (1989-92) and as Board Chair in 1990-1991. In 199-93 she was the Secretary of the American Ethnological Society and for three years (2006-2009) she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission.

June Bousley Nash

Member since 1959

Dr Nash has expertise in socio-cultural anthropology, Latin America, Maya Bolivia industrial mining, and US electrical manufacturing. Dr. Nash has conducted extensive field work focused on Chiapas Mayas, as well as Bolivian mining communities and Pittsfield, MA electrical manufacturing.

Sarah Milledge Nelson, PhD

University of Denver | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1969

Sarah Milledge Nelson, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Denver, is an archaeologist working in South Korea and China. She researches gender in archaeology, shamans in the ancient world, and past women leaders. Publications include 13 scholarly books, 10 edited volumes, and 3 archaeological novels as well as book chapters, journal articles, and encyclopedia notes. Awards include an Alumnae Achievement Award by Wellesley College (2011), a residency at the Rockefeller Center for Scholars in Bellagio, Italy (1996), and other honors and research grants from Korea, China, and US sources.

Gwen Kennedy Neville

Southwestern University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1968

Dr. Neville received the PhD from the University of Florida. She taught at Emory University for eight years before moving to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she held the Elizabeth Root Paden Chair until her retirement. She is the author of Kinship and Pilgrimage: Rituals of Reunion in American Protestant Culture and The Mother Town: Civic Ritual, Symbol, and Experience in the Borders of Scotland, both published by Oxford University Press, and of numerous articles in professional journals and collections.

Sherry B. Ortner

University of California, Los Angeles | Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology
Member since 1969

Sherry B. Ortner is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. She has done extensive research with the Sherpas of Nepal, and her final monograph on the Sherpas, Life and Death on Mt. Everest won the J.I. Staley Prize in 2004. Since then she has been conducting research in the U.S., first on her high school graduating class (growing up in mid-20th century prosperity), then on the world of independent film (responding to the neoliberal era of shrinking opportunity). Her current project concerns the use of film in activist politics (seeking to fix an increasingly broken world through action).

Keith F. Otterbein

U Buffalo | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1959

Has expertise in the anthropology of war. Dr. Otterbein’s field research includes Bahamian family organization and folk housing and Northeast Nigerian Hlgi tribal warfare. For further reading, Dr. Otterbein’s research is archived at the Avery Center for African American Research, College of Charleston, SC.

G. James Patterson

Eastern Oregon University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1968

Jim received his BA in sociology from Beloit College in 1957 and PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1969. His research has focused on Romania, Greek and Romanian immigrants in North America, and the social impact of U.S. Forest Service practices in Eastern Oregon.

Hugh S. (“Sher”) Plunkett

Hugh S. (Sher) Plunkett

U.S. Foreign Service (AID) Retired
Member since 1967

Dr. Plunkett’s area of expertise is social anthropology, with an emphasis on social change in complex societies. First having received BA and MA degrees from University of Chicago, Dr. Plunkett went on to pursue a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a dissertation on political middlemen and social change in Rajasthan, India. This illustrated the analysis of bureaucracy/community interface and applied anthropology in international development contexts. In October 2003, Dr. Plunkett retired after 28 years of having worked as a Commissioned Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Plunkett’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1960 in Chicago.

Dr. Robin Ridington

Dr. Robin Ridington

University of British Columbia | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1966

Dr. Ridington’s areas of expertise are ethnographic writing and video documentation. Having received a PhD in Anthropology, Dr. Ridington’s focus was pletics research First Nations in Canada and the United States. Since 1964, this works continues today with the Dane-zaa First Nations of British Columbia, including appearing as an expert witness in court cases. Dr. Ridington’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1965.

Cheryl K. Ritenbaugh

University of Arizona | Professor Emerita - Family and Community Medicine and Anthropology
Member since 1969

Dr. Ritenbaugh received her Anthropology PhD from UCLA and her Community Nutrition MPH from University of Michigan. Active in Medical Anthropology throughout her career, she was a founding mother of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. She taught Anthropology at the University of Arizona and Michigan State, and then turned to full-time biomedical research. From 1980-2010, she focused on nutrition and disease prevention, being among the first to point to the dangers of soft drinks. Since 2000, she has studied Complementary and Alternative Medicine, serving as President of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research 2009-2011. Throughout, she has worked with Native Americans. Her biomedical research has been infused with a strong anthropological perspective. Her many publications are searchable via pubmed.

Jack R. Rollwagen, PhD

University of Oregon
Member since 1968

Founder, editor, and publisher of the journal URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY and STUDIES OF CULTURAL SYSTEMS AND WORLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, 1972-present, Fulbright Teaching Fellow, academic year 1998-1999, Shandong University, Institute of American Studies Graduate Program, Jinan, PRC. Anthropologist, videographer, and film editor of 52 anthropological and ethnographic films on the traditional music of the Horqin Mongols of eastern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), China: SONG OF THE GRASSLANDS: ETHNICITY, IDENTITY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CULTURE CHANGE, AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC AMONG THE HORQIN MONGOLS OF EASTERN INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA, viewable at: www.anthrofilm.net/MongolMusic/FIRSTPAGEMM.html Founding President of the Society for Urban Anthropology (Cincinnati, 1979, by acclamation) and President (1979-1980). (AAA NEWSLETTER 21(2): 4.)

Anya Peterson Royce

Anya Peterson Royce

Indiana University, Bloomington | Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature
Member since 1967

Dr. Peterson Royce’s areas of expertise are cultural anthropology, anthropology of dance and performing arts, identify, landscape, pilgrimage, and ethnography of Mexico. After having received a PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, in December of 1974, Dr. Peterson Royce published books from several research projects about the Isthmus Zapotec people of Oaxaca, dance, and performing arts. Dr. Peterson Royce’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1969 in New Orleans.

Alan R. Sandstrom

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1967

Dr. Sandstrom is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in cultural ecology, cultural materialism, economic anthropology, history and theory of anthropology, Native American ethnicity, religion, and ritual. He has conducted ethnographic field research since 1970 among the Nahua (modern Aztec) people of northern Veracruz, Mexico. Dr. Sandstrom's papers and correspondence are deposited at the Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives.

Ernest (Ernie) L Schusky

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville | Emeritus Professor
Member since 1956

Dr. Schusky’s research projects include collecting the life history of Tohono O’odham, extensive research in agricultural policy between the US and Mexico and Pueblos/Pueblo Revolt of 1680. In addition to research catalogued with Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, further reading on Dr. Schusky’s research is published the novel’s Too Many Miracles, In Saguaro’s Shadow and Return to Beauty.

Karl H Schwerin

University of New Mexico | Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
Member since 1960

Dr. Schwerin has expertise in social-cultural anthropology and Latin America. Dr. Schwerin’s research includes ethnographic studies of Karinya Indians (northeastern Venezuela), socioeconomic investigation of hacienda systems in Canar, Ecuador and cultural survey of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras. For further reading on Dr. Schwerin’s research visit www.researchgate.net

Anita Spring

Anita Spring

University of Florida, Department of Anthropology | Professor Emerita
Member since 1966

Dr. Spring’s areas of expertise are cultural anthropology (kinship and ritual); agricultural development and resource management; entrepreneurship Micro-to-Global; women/gender in international development; and China/Chinese in Africa. Having received a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Cornell University, Dr. Spring’s work continues today conducting archaeological research at Fort Caroline and investigating China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Africa. Dr. Spring has served on the AAA Committee on Ethics as chair, as the president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology, and president of Culture and Agriculture. Dr. Spring’s first AAA Annual Meeting was in 1963.

H. Stephen Straight

SUNY - Binghamton University | Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Linguistics
Member since 1969

University of Michigan English BA, and University of Chicago Linguistics PhD. Dissertation on first-language acquisition of Yucatec Maya. Fulbright-Hays lecturer in psycholinguistics, University of Bucharest; director, linguistics and graduate studies in anthropology; associate dean, arts and sciences; founder, Languages Across the Curriculum; Mellon fellow, National Foreign Language Center; vice provost for undergraduate education and for international affairs; visiting senior associate, Center for Institutional and International Initiatives, American Council on Education. Still active in Association of International Education Administrators, Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Consortium, and Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States. For details see: https://www.binghamton.edu/anthropology/docs/cv/straight.cv.pdf.

Constance R. Sutton

New York University | Anthropology
Member since 1952

Dr. Sutton has expertise in socio-cultural ethnography, transnational/diasporic processes, gender and the international women’s movements and post-colonial changes in historical consciousness and identities. Dr. Sutton has conducted extensive research in Barbados, with Yoruba of Nigeria and with Caribbean migrants in New York. Further reading on Dr. Sutton’s research will soon be available at the Schoenberg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library).

Bahram Tavakolian

Denison University | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1967

Bahram Tavakolian is a sociocultural anthropologist who received his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1974 with a dissertation on "Economic and Cultural Factors in the Migration of Hamallar to Ankara, Turkey.'' Subsequently, he did field research with Sheikhanzai nomads in Afghanistan with a focus on religion, cultural values, gender, and ecology, and also in Aberdeen, Scotland on the effects of the North Sea oil economy on women's labor force participation. Bahram taught for 45 years, from 1970-2015, mostly at Denison University, where he is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Sociology.

E. Randolph Turner, III

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Member since 1969

Holding a BA from the University of Virginia and MA and PhD from Pennsylvania State University, Randolph Turner’s research has focused on the archaeology and ethnohistory of Virginia. He was employed over much of his career with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, serving in a number of positions related to archaeology and historic preservation. In 2002 he helped found the Werowocomoco Research Group which conducted a decade of archaeological investigations at Werowocomoco, and which prompted the National Park Service to purchase the site in 2016 as a new National Park.

Iwao Ushijima

Member since 1968

From 1974 to 1989. Dr Ushijima, a social anthropologist and specialist on Micronesia, has published many reports and papers on the traditional social organization of Yap Island and Ulithi Atolls, Micronesia. Here, for example, he analyzed the interaction between patri-familial inheritance and the maternal blood lIwaine by examining kinship ideology. From 1990, Dr Ushijima transferred his field to Central and Western Visayas, Philippines, and organized The Visayas Maritime Anthropological Studies or VMAS at the University of Tsukuba. Japanese scholars worked with Filipino scholars in writing about the maritime culture of the Visayas. This project was implemented fist in 1991-1992(VIMS 1) and continued two more rounds, 1993-1995(VMAS 2) and 1997-1999(VMAS 3). In the eight years of fieldwork, a three-volume report was published from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Dr Ushijima highlighted the social integrative factor of kob-kob, a type of ring net fishery, common in the port town of Bantayan Island in northern Cebu (VMAS 1). His group studied the trade network of byahidor(traders) of biso or clay water jars in the Island of Maripipi(VMAS 2). He extended his interest in network and craftsmanship to his fieldwork in Carigara, Leyte, focusing on blacksmith families, their unique techniques, buy and sell activities, and markets networks(VMas 3).

Patty Jo Watson

Washington University | Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Prof of Anthropology
Member since 1953

Has expertise in archaeology. Dr. Watson’s research projects include Iraq-Jarmo Prehistoric Project, Archaeological ethnography in Western Iran, and Cibola Archaeological Research Project. Further reading on Dr. Watson’s research can be found in Annual Review of Anthropology (vol 38 1-15).

Joan C. Wider

Member since 1967

After receiving a PhD from New York University in 1967 in anthropology of Southeast Asia, I moved to Springfield, Pa., near Philadelphia. I have lectured about anthropology at all levels of public and private schools in the area, libraries, senior centers and colleges. I also presented programs about a book written by my Aunt, Ruth Altbeker Cyprys -"A Jump for Life: A Survivor's Journal From Nazi-Occupied Poland" document at Penn Museum of anthropology and archaeology. I volunteered for over 24 years, with 15 years being spent at the archives of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. For 30 years, I managed my husband's pediatric office where books on many aspects of anthropology and archaeology were available for families to read together. Our two children are Philip Wider-community organizer-health, social and economic human rights & Eve Wider-librarian at the University of Pittsburgh, active member of Amnesty International since high school. I have used the knowledge gained through scholarships and fellowships that enabled me to achieve a debt free graduate degree. I strive, now, to help this generation and future generations to graduate debt free.

Stan Wilk

Lycoming College | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1964

Dr. Wilk received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and cites his area of anthropological expertise as Theory, Humanistic Anthropology and Philosophical Anthropology. During the course of his membership with AAA, he has studied Peasant society in Mexico.

H. Martin Wobst

University of Massachusetts, Amherst | Professor Emeritus
Member since 1969

Martin Wobst grew up in Germany, studied anthropological archaeology at Michigan (PhD 1971), and taught at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (1971 to 2012). His research interests include Indigenous Archaeologies and Theory for Archaeology (Style, Social Organization, Materiality, the Archaeology of US, and Archaeologists as Tools among others). He is committed to mentoring, teaching, and building community.

Virginia Heyer Young

University of Virginia | Lecturer Emerita
Member since 1950

Dr. Heyer Young has expertise in subordinated groups’ cultural practices focusing on the achievement of personal/group identity and integrity. Dr Heyer Young’s research includes the study of African American culture in post-colonial British Caribbean, as well as extensive fieldwork in Harlem, NY focusing on mother’s cultivation of strong personal qualities in children which would counter racial discrimination in later life. For further reading, Dr. Heyer Young’s publications include in American Anthropologist (Vol 72 No 2), American Ethnologist (Vol 1 No 2), as well an archived collection with the Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives.

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