Anthropology Department

Faculty

Ameeta Singh Tiwana  (Department Chair)
Ph.D, Southern Illinois University
M.A., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University
M.S., Anthropology, Delhi University
B.Sc., Zoology (Hons), Delhi University

Has taught at De Anza college since 1991 courses in Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and World Prehistory.

Research interests: Epidemiology, Population and Human Genetics, Human Evolution, Medical Anthropology

Fieldwork: Hill tribes in Northern India, Genetic and cultural risk factors in premature Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

F21G Social Science Division
Telephone: (408)-864-8964
e-mail: tiwanaameeta@deanza.edu

Isaiah Nengo

1994 Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
1991 M.A., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
1985 B.Sc., Zoology and Botany, Nairobi University, Kenya

My main research interest is the study of ape and human evolution. My primary focus is to document origins of the ape lineage, the evolutionary roots of the human lineage, and the adaptive emergence of human bipedalism, in the fossil record of the Miocene, approximately 25 to 5 million years, in Africa. My paleontological field research is at sites in the Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana basins in Kenya.

Telephone: (408)-864-8812
email: nengoisaiah@deanza.edu

 

Adjunct Faculty (Alphabetized by Last Name)

Leslie Berry

With degrees in Anthropology and Education, my emphasis includes Instructional Technology and Cross-Cultural Language and Development. Over the years I’ve taught classes in: Anthropology, Humanities, American Indian Studies, and Intercultural Studies. My anthropology focus includes work in cultural and archaeological contexts, NAGPRA legislation, cultural conservancy, prehistoric art, osteological labwork, and faunal analysis. I divide my time between academic interests and professional research. In recent years I've been involved in two research studies: an ongoing survey of 19th century mines in the western U.S. and a focus on oral tradition and kinship structures in multi-generational Pacific Northwest families.

email: berryleslie@fhda.edu

Robert Cartier

Ph.D, Rice University 1975
email: ARMCartier@netscape.net

Iqbal Coddington

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University
M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University
M.S. School Administration, Indiana University
B.A. English Literature, Baghdad University

Diploma, Philosophy of English Education, University of London, England

Associateship Award, Comparative Study of Women's education: University of London, England.

Experience: Adjunct assistant professor, cultural anthropology, Oklahoma University.

Head of Cultural Studies Department, Folklore center, Doha, Qatar.
Director of Research, Folklore Center, Doha , Qatar.
Research Associate, Berkeley University, CA

Adjunct professor, Cogswell College since 1988, teach cultural anthropology, sociology, society and culture, world cultures.
Adjunct professor, cultural anthropology, temporary assignment, Santa Clara University, CA.
Adjunct professor, cultural anthropology, De Anza College since 1988

Did extensive research on the traditional markets of Doha, Qatar,and fishing villages in the Arab Emirates,
published a book and many articles on the subjects.

Arian Ishaya

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Arianne Ishaya was born in Urmia, Iran. This town houses ancient Christian churches dating back to 3rd. Century A.D. As a child she accompanied her parents to these sites without being aware of their historical significance. Soon she left the town never to return. She pursued her higher education first at the American University of Beirut where she double majored in Sociology and Education. After completing her master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where she wrote her thesis on the history of the first Assyrian colony in Canada, she entered the PhD program in anthropology at UCLA. In her dissertation she decided to follow the history of the immigration of Assyrians from Canada to California, in the Modesto-Turlock area. Presently she lives in San Jose and teaches anthropology at De Anza Community College. Arianne has two publications: New Lamps for Old, Familiar Faces in Unfamiliar places. Both were published in 2010, and are based on her community studies in Canada and USA respectively.



Telephone: (408)-864-8999 ext.-3699
e-mail: arian_ishaya@yahoo.com

Serena Love

Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford University, 2010
M.Phil. Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, 2005
M.Sc. Environmental Archaeology, University of Sheffield, 1999
B.A. Anthropology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Courses taught:

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Ancient Egyptian History and Culture
Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Origins of Civilization
Çatalhöyük and Neolithic Archaeology

Research interests: Archaeological theory, prehistoric societies, Egyptian archaeology, monumental and domestic architecture, landscape studies, geoarchaeology, material science, social archaeology, concepts of space and place, memory, materiality, phenomenology, and multi-sensory archaeology.

email: loveserena@fhda.edu

Nancy Olsen

Ph.D. from University of New Mexico 2002
MA from San Jose State University
MA from Columbia University, NYC
BA from Carleton College, Minnesota.

Interests: American Southwestern archaeology - Ancestral Pueblo Indian rock art as mnemonic devices,
Contemporary Pueblo Indian pottery, EthnoAesthetics, California East Bay Native American Ethnohistory.

Present projects - Family history of Missionized Ohlone descendents in the East Bay, consolidating
archaeological and rock art records at Chaco Canyon for the National Park Service.

email:olsennancy@deanza.edu

Marin Pilloud

B.A. (Anthropology) University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (Biological Anthropology) The Ohio State University

Currently Ph.D. candidated at The Ohio State University foucssing on
biological anthropology with a minor in human anatomy.

Research Interests: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, dental anthropology,
skeletal histology, Near Eastern archaeology, California archaeology, biological
distance, prehistoric health, and human evolution

Areas of archaeological and bioarchaeological fieldwork: California, Spain, Israel, Turkey

Robert Simpkins

Education:
BA Anthropology - SJSU
MA Anthropology - UW-Madison
Currently: Dissertator, UW-Madison

Teaching experience:
DeAnza College - 2000-present
San Jose State University - 2001-present

Courses taught:
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Reconstructing Lost Civilizations
Old World Civilizations
The World in Historical and Social Science Perspectives
World Prehistory
Magic, Witchcraft & Religion

Areas of interest:
Complex Societies/Rise of Civilization
Monumental Architecture
Road Networks/Trade
South Asia/Indus Valley/Deccan/Hyderabad/Andhra Pradesh
Upper Midwestern U.S./Wisconsin
California/San Francisco Bay Area

I am an archaeologist with research experience in the Prehistoric and
Historic Periods in South Asia and North America. After spending four years
with the Harappa Archaeological Research Project focusing on the ancient
city of Harappa in Pakistan, I developed a new project for my dissertation
in the Deccan region of India studying the Golconda Kingdom's trade routes
and monumental architecture in the 16th and 17th centuries. I also spent
six years with the Office of the State Archaeologist at the State Historical
Society of Wisconsin, and since 2004 have served as President of the Santa
Clara County Archaeological Society.

Telephone: (408)-864-8999 ext. 3728
e-mail: bobsahib@earthlink.net

Daniel Solomon

I completed my PhD in cultural anthropology in 2013 at the University of California – Santa Cruz. My dissertation research examined how social and ecological relations between humans, nonhuman animals, and the shared landscape inflect upon how humans exercise power over one another and other living things. Specifically, I studied the exchange of food, affection, and violence between people and rhesus macaques in urban and temple settings in two Indian cities, Delhi and Shimla. I paid attention to how both the social construct of the “sacred monkey” and people's experiences of living with actual monkeys impelled and complicated wildlife authorities' attempts to manage human-monkey relations.

Ann Stemler

B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
At De Anza College 1977-present
Instructor of Biology 1977-2004
Instructor of Physical Anthropology 1987-present

Research interests:
relationship of peoples of African with their domesticated plants and animals.

email: deanzasann@aol.com

Kyejung R. Yang

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. in Anthropology, Seoul National University

Experience:
Part-time Instructor, De Anza College (since Fall, 2007)
Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University (Spring, 2007)
Full-time Instructor, Wright State University (2004- 2006)
Adjunct Professor, Wright State University (2003-2004), University of Dayton (2003-2004)
Sinclair Community College (2001-2003), George Washington University (Spring 1997)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995-1996).

Research Interest: Religion and Ethnicity in Latin America, Religion and Resistance, Asian American Women and Religion, Symbolic Anthropology and Discourse Analysis, Medical Anthropology and Illness Narrative.

Emeritus Faculty

Tisa Abshire Walker

B.A., M.A., Anthropology, Stanford University|

Foothill College: 1966-1987
DeAnza College: 1988-present
Research areas: Pueblo peoples of American Southwest; Maori of New Zealand

Theoretical specialities: ethno-philosophy, culture change, indigenous rights

Other regions of the world lived/travelled in: Pakistan, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, Singapore, Tahiti, New Zealand, France

e-mail: walkertisa@deanza.edu

Michael Sullivan

Ph.D University of Pittsburg
B.A., M.A. University of Califonia, Santa Barbara

De Anza college: 1970-present
Instructor: Anthropology/Geography: 1970-1983; 1999-present
Division Dean, Social Science and Humanities: 1984-1989
Provost: 1990-1998

Anthropology Field Research:
Central Asia/Afghanistan: 1969-1979
East-West Center, University of Hawaii: 1978-1979
Visiting Professor, University College Cork; Cork, Ireland 1998-1999

Regions of the world Taught and Lived in:
South America, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Africa.

e-mail: micksullivan@hotmail.com



Anthropology
Building:
F21G
Contact: Ameeta Tiwana
Phone: 408.864.8964
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Last Updated: 4/8/14