Faculty


Ameeta Tiwana Department Chair

Biography

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)

Contact Information

tiwanaameeta@deanza.edu

408.864.8964

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Education

  • Ph.D, Southern Illinois University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University
  • M.S., Anthropology, Delhi University
  • B.Sc., Zoology (Hons), Delhi University

Isaiah Nengo Instructor

Biography

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.

Contact Information

nengoisaiah@deanza.edu

408.864.8812

Education

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

Claudia Andrade Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Contact Information

andradeclaudia@deanza.edu


Leslie Berry Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Biography

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.

Contact Information

berryleslie@deanza.edu

408.864.8769


Robert Cartier

Contact Information

cartierrobert@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

  • Ph.D, Rice University 1975

Ashidhara Das Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Biography

Teaching Cultural Anthropology at De Anza College.

Research Interests: Immigrant Studies, Women and Work, Cultural Diversity in the Silicon Valley

Fieldwork: Indian American Immigrant Community in the San Francisco Bay Area

Contact Information

dasashidhara@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

  • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
  • M.A. University of California, San Diego
  • M.A. Sociology, Delhi University
  • B.Sc. Political Science, Delhi University

Amanda Feldman Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Biography

Research Interests: Osteology, pathology, forensic anthropology, disease pathophysiology, human evolution, human ecology, health and wellness.

I am a Biological Anthropologist and research analyst specializing in forensics, osteological trauma, pathology, and modern biocultural health contexts. I have worked in a number of archaeological and laboratory settings, including ancient Mayan archaeological sites in the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project and Roman funerary graves in Sanisera, Spain. In past research, I have investigated the role of sociocultural status on biological health. My recent research interests focus on validation studies in modern forensic contexts and sharp force trauma identification in victims of domestic violence. As an educator, my goal is to to harness the relationships students already have with "the human experience" and foster an environment of collaboration and reflection. My courses challenge students to deconstruct what we know about humans as a biological and social organism and reflect on the processes that have shaped our evolution.

Contact Information

feldmanamanda@deanza.edu

Education

  • M.A. Anthropology (Biological Anthropology emphasis), San Jose State University
  • B.A. Anthropology (Biological Anthropology emphasis), U.C. Santa Cruz

Experience

  • Adjunct Professor (Anthropology), De Anza College
  • Adjunct Professor (Anthropology), San Jose State University
  • Adjunct Professor (Anatomy and Physiology), Cogswell College

Julie Hui Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Contact Information

huijulie@deanza.edu


Arianne Ishaya Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Biography

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.

Contact Information

ishayaarianne@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

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

Nancy Olsen

Biography

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.

Contact Information

olsennancy@deanza.edu

408.739.4612

Education

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

Lorna Pierce

Contact Information

piercelorna@deanza.edu

408.864.8770


Marissa Smith

Biography

Areas of Focus: Political and Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Anthropology of Work, Nationalism and Internationalism, Post-Soviet Borders

As a cultural anthropologist, my goal in teaching is to equip students with tools to understand and navigate the diverse values and assumptions that structure our social worlds. My research is based in Mongolia, on the integration of rural pastoral, industrial, and STEM work through national and international identities and relationships. Since completing my PhD, I have also started working with archaeologists from Australia, Europe, and Mongolia as well as the United States, asking how we might more explicitly integrate and differentiate our methodologies to meet our common goals of understanding humanity

Contact Information

smithmarissa@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

  • PhD Anthropology, Princeton University, 2015
  • MA Anthropology, Princeton University, 2010
  • BA Anthropology and Russian, Beloit College, 2008

Daniel Solomon Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Biography

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.

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

Contact Information

solomondaniel@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

  • PhD Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz 2013
  • MA Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz 2008
  • MA Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz 2008
  • BA Philosophy/ Religious Studies, George Mason University, 2000

Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology, De Anza College, Fall 2013-present
  • Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology, Cabrillo College, Spring 2013-present
  • Anthropology Lecturer, University of California Santa Cruz, Summer 2011-Summer 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, University of California Santa Cruz, Spring 2004-Fall 2012
  • Substitute Teacher, Prince William County Public School Systems, Virginia, 1998-2003

Kathaeryne Soluri

Biography

I became an anthropologist after taking a breadth requirement in college that happened to be taught by an anthropology instructor. I discovered that anthropology is a discipline that helps us to think critically about our lives and the world around us. I loved this perspective, and I quickly changed my major to anthropology! After completing a B.A. in anthropology at New York University, I then completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology at UC Berkeley. Today, I love sharing anthropological insights with students, and I am committed to helping every student succeed in my anthropology courses. My original interest in anthropology focused on archaeology, and I have conducted archaeological field research across the United States. My more recent interests have focused on biological anthropology and teaching methods in anthropology classrooms. I have been teaching anthropology in community colleges in the San Francisco Bay area for almost 10 years, and I continue to research effective teaching techniques in anthropology instruction. If you are curious about what it means to be a human and how we fit into a broader biological and cultural world, come take anthropology courses!

Contact Information

solurikathaeryne@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, UC Berkeley
  • M.A. Anthropology, UC Berkeley
  • B.A. Anthropology, New York University

Kyejung Yang

Biography

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.

Contact Information

yangkyejung@deanza.edu

408.864.8770

Education

  • 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)

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


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.

e-mail: jwaico@pacbell.net


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


Ann Stemler

B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
At De Anza College 1977-2015
Instructor of Biology 1977-2004

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

email: deanzasann@aol.com

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