Anthropology Faculty

Name &Title

Credentials

Focus

At NAU

Christian E. Downum, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Anthropology Laboratories

(B.A., Southwestern College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona 1988)

 

Archaeology, ceramic dating, cultural resource management, history of archaeology; U.S. Southwest, northern Mexico

 

NAU 1992  

 

Jill Dubisch, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor

 

(B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago 1972)

Religion and ritual, gender and culture, medical, theory; Europe, Greece, American culture

NAU 1992  

 

George Gumerman IV, Ph.D., Professor,  Department Chair

(University of California–Los Angeles 1991)

 

Archaeology, paleoethnobotany, complex societies, method and theory, subsistence economies; Andes, U.S. Southwest, Great Basin

NAU 1993  

 

Kelley Ann Hays-Gilpin, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona 1992)

Archaeology, ceramics, visual arts, gender, rock art; U.S. Southwest

 

NAU 1992  

 

Veronica Perez Rodriguez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

 

 

Vero.Perez@nau.edu

(B.A., University of Texas–El Paso; Ph.D., University of Georgia 2003)

Archaeology, agriculture and environment, complex societies, Mesoamerica, cultural ecology, regional analysis and settlement patterns, household archaeology, ethnohistory

NAU 2003

 

Reed D. Riner, Ph.D., Professor

 

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado 1977)

 

Cultural anthropology, futures, applied anthropology, enculturation, American Indians

NAU 1975  

 

James D. Sexton, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor

 

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California–Los Angeles 1973)

 

Modernization and culture change, methodology, behavioral anthropology; Middle America, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia

NAU 1973  

 

Cathy A. Small, Ph.D., Professor, Internship Coordinator, Graduate Coordinator

 

(B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.S., East Stroudsburg State College; Ph.D., Temple University 1987)

Cultural anthropology, culture change, migration and transnational studies, gender issues, applied anthropology, computer simulation, development; Polynesia

NAU 1988  

 

Francis E. Smiley IV, Ph.D., Professor

 

(B.A., University of Colorado–Boulder; M.A., University of Wyoming; Ph.D., University of Michigan 1985)

Archaeology, method and theory, early agricultural societies, hunter-gatherers, lithic studies, chronometric studies, applied anthropology, ethnoarchaeology; U.S. Southwest, High Plains, North America

 

NAU 1992  

 

Robert T. Trotter II, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor

 

(B.S., University of Nebraska–Lincoln; M.A., Ph.D., Southern Methodist University 1976)

 

Sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, cross-cultural AIDS and drug research, applied anthropology, computer methods; North America, U.S. Southwest, Mexico

NAU 1985  

 

Walter M. Vannette, Ph.D., Professor

 

(A.B., Calvin College; M.S., Utah State University; Ph.D., University of Colorado 1977)

Applied anthropology, education, and economic development; North America, Asia and the Pacific, Europe

NAU 1976  

 

Michael L. Vasquez, Ph.D., Professor

 

(B.A., University of California–Berkeley; M.A., San Francisco State University; M.S., Ph.D., University of California–Davis 1989)

Applied anthropology, indigenous agriculture, cultural ecology, rural and agricultural development; North and Central America, U.S. Southwest

NAU 1989  

 

James M. Wilce, Ph.D.,  Professor

(B.A., Azusa Pacific College; M.A., Claremont Graduate University; Ph.D., University of California–Los Angeles 1994)

Linguistic anthropology, medical discourse, verbal art, embodiment, self and emotion, lament,  madness, semiotics; globalization, South Asia, Islam

 

NAU 1994  

 

Adjunct Faculty

Ethan Braunstein, M.D.

(M.D., Northwestern University 1970)

 

Paleopathology, diagnostic imaging applications in anthropology; ancient Egypt

NAU 2005

 

John R. Farella, Ph.D.

 

(B.A., Stanford University; M.A., London University; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University 1980)

Cultural anthropology, symbols and meaning, psychotherapy, medical anthropology; U.S. Southwest

 

NAU 1990  

 

Susan A. Gregg, Ph.D.

 

(University of Michigan 1985)

 

Archaeology, prehistoric agricultural economies, "neolithic" societies, computer modeling and visualization, population interaction; Europe, North America, U.S. Southwest

NAU 1996  

 

Anthony L. Klesert, Ph.D.

 

(B.A., Illinois State University; M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 1980)

Archaeology, cultural resource management; U.S. Southwest

 

NAU 1988  

 

Janneli Miller, Ph.D.

(Ph.D., University of Arizona 2003)

 

Women; health and healing; ethnobotany; anthropology of reproduction; symbol, myth, and ritual;, environmental health; Mexico

NAU 2004

 

Diane M. Notarianni, Ph.D.

 

(A.B., Franklin and Marshall College; M.A., Northern Arizona University, Ph.D., Arizona State University 1997)

Sociocultural anthropology, kinship and social relations, missionization, gender, ethnohistory and research methods, Anabaptists, Pueblo Indians, Hopi Indians

NAU 1996  

 

Peter John Pilles Jr., B.A.

 

(Arizona State University 1967)

 

Archaeology of central Arizona, rock art, ceramics, cultural resource management, public archaeology

NAU 1996  

 

James Potter, Ph.D.

(Ph.D., Arizona State University 1997)

 

Faunal analysis, settlement patterns, lithics, ritual and power, social differentiation; Southwest, Jordan

NAU 2001

 

Zdenek Salzmann, Ph.D.

 

(Indiana University 1963)

 

Linguistic and cultural anthropology, folklore, folk art, Native Americans; U.S. Plains, Eastern Europe

NAU 1989  

 

Miranda Warburton, Ph.D.

 

(B.A., George Washington University; M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University 1985)

Archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, lithic analysis, historic and prehistoric U.S. Southwest; Navajo sites archaeology, Navajo culture and history

NAU 1988  

 

Donald E. Weaver Jr., Ph.D.

 

(B.S., Tri-State University; M.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University 1987)

Archaeology, cultural resource management, public archaeology, rock art; U.S Southwest, Peru

NAU 1984  

 

David R. Wilcox, Ph.D.

 

(B.A., Beloit College; Ph.D., University of Arizona 1977)

 

Archaeology, ethnohistory, method and theory, history of archaeology; U.S. Southwest, Hohokam, Athapaskans, protohistoric Pueblos

NAU 1986  

 

Michael Yeatts, M.A.

 

(B.A., Colorado State University; M.A., Arizona State University 1990)

Archaeology, cultural resource management; Hopi

 

NAU 1995  

 

Faculty Emeriti

J. Richard Ambler, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Colorado 1966)

Archaeology, paleoecology, paleotechnology, cultural evolution; U.S. Southwest

 

NAU 1967 (retired 1988)  

 

Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, Ph.D., Professor

(A.B., Middlebury College; A.M., Ph.D., University of Chicago 1987)

Archaeology, faunal analysis, quaternary sciences, computers in teaching, paleoanthropology, Africa

NAU 1989 (retired 2007)

Joyce J. Griffen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

 

(B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1965)

Cultural anthropology, culture change, women; U.S. Southwest

 

NAU 1965–68, 1971 (retired 1988)  

William B. Griffen, Ph.D., Professor

 

(B.A., Whittier College; M.A., Mexico City College; Ph.D., University of Arizona 1965)

Cultural anthropology, culture change, ethnohistory; Mexico

 

NAU 1964–68, 1971 (retired 1989)  

Charles A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor

 

(B.S., M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Arizona 1967)

 

Archaeology, archaeology underwater, historic preservation, historical archaeology, cultural resource management, Paleo-Indian; Caribbean, U.S. Southwest

NAU 1972 (retired 1995)  

 

Joann W. Keali’inohomoku, Ph.D., Associate Professor

 

(B.S.S., M.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., Indiana University 1976)

 

Cultural anthropology, affective culture, ethnochoreology, cultural dynamics, U.S. Indians; U.S. Southwest, Pacific, African-American

NAU 1970–72, 1975 (retired 1987)  

 

P. David Seaman, Ph.D., Professor

 

(A.B., Asbury College; M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., Indiana University 1965)

Linguistics, bilingualism, American Indians; Brazil, Canada, Greece

 

NAU 1967 (retired 1994)  

 

Mark G. Taylor, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., University of Montana; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado 1974)

Physical anthropology, primatology, osteology, theory, human ecology

NAU 1974  (retired 2008)

 

John J. Wood, Ph.D., Professor

 

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado 1967)

 

Cultural anthropology, philosophy, computer applications and statistics; North America, U.S. Southwest

NAU 1966 (retired 1991)