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  • Stephen Acabado

    Assistant Professor

    Historical ecology, landscape archaeology, agricultural systems, settlement patterns, emergent complexity, indigenous peoples; Southeast Asia, Philippines, Guam, Micronesia

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    acabado@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  370 Haines
    Phone  310-825-9359
  • Salih Can Aciksoz

    Assistant Professor

    Medical and political anthropology; gender and disability studies; affect theory; disabled military veterans

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology and Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    aciksoz@ucla.edu
    Office  Haines 305
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  • Hannah Appel

    Assistant Professor

    The anthropology of capitalism; U.S. oil and gas firms; the private sector in Africa; the economic imagination

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    happel@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  318C Haines
    Phone  310-267-4253
  • Andrew Apter

    Professor

    West Africa (Yoruba, Nigeria), African Diaspora (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba), history of anthropology, social theory

    Subfield: African History and World History

    Contact Information

    Email    aapter@history.ucla.edu
    Office  6265 Bunche
    Phone  310-794-9547
  • Jeanne E. Arnold

    Professor

    Archaeological theory, complex hunter-gatherers, craft specialization, political evolution, exchange systems, modern material culture, ethnoarchaeology, prehistory and early contact; California and British Columbia

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    jearnold@ucla.edu
    Office  318E Haines
    Phone  310-206-5801
  • H. Clark Barrett

    Professor

    Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology, cognitive development, hunter-gatherer ecology; South America

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    barrett@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  376 Haines
    Phone  310-267-4260
  • Aomar Boum

    Associate Professor

    Ethnic and religious minorities; Islam; anthropology of religion, history, youth, and festival; sociology of Morocco; historiography; Morocco; North Africa; sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    aboum@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  311 Haines
    Phone  310-825-9516
  • P. Jeffrey Brantingham

    Professor

    Paleoanthropology, simulation modeling, carnivore ecology, hunter-gatherers, stone technology, evolutionary theory; China; Mongolia; Tibet

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    branting@ucla.edu
    Office  368 Haines
    Phone  310-267-4251
  • Erica Cartmill

    Assistant Professor

    Evolution of language; gesture; primate communication; human language development; parent-child interaction; language and thought; comparative cognition; great apes

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    cartmill@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  396 Haines
    Phone  310-825-5679
  • Jessica Cattelino

    Associate Professor

    Sociocultural anthropology, citizenship and sovereignty, indigeneity and settler colonialism, economy and value, gender, environment, American public culture, Indian gaming; United States, Native North America

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jesscatt@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  397 Haines
    Phone  310-825-4400
  • Erin Debenport

    Assistant Professor

    Contact Information

    Email    edebenport@gmail.com
    Office  Haines 318B
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  • Alessandro Duranti

    Distinguished Professor

    Linguistic anthropology, ethnopragmatics, phenomenological and anthropological theories of intentionality and human agency, political discourse, literacy activities, improvisation in language and music; jazz aesthetics; history of US anthropology; Samoa, U.S., Italy

    Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    aduranti@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  349 Haines
    Phone  310-825-2055
  • Daniel M.T. Fessler

    Professor

    Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology; emotions, cooperation, aggression, social control, risk taking, ingestive and reproductive behaviors, morality, cultural evolution; Indonesia

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    dfessler@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  390 Haines
    Phone  310-794-9252
  • Alan Page Fiske

    Professor

    Psychological anthropology, social theory, social relationships, metarelational models, violence, methodology; Africa

    Subfield: Psychological and Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    afiske@ucla.edu
    Office  308 Haines
    Phone  310-206-7719
  • Molly Fox

    Assistant Professor

    Contact Information

    Email    mollyfox@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  Haines 381
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  • Linda Garro

    Professor

    Health care decision making; health and illness in everyday life contexts; cultural models; narrative and illness; remembering

    Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    lgarro@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  316A Haines
    Phone  310-206-6249
  • Marjorie Harness Goodwin

    Distinguished Professor

    Ethnography of communication, human interaction, conversation analysis, language and gender, workplace ethnography, children's social organization

    Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    mgoodwin@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  318F Haines
    Phone  310-267-4335
  • Akhil Gupta

    Professor

    Ethnography of information technology, the state and development, anthropology of food, environmental anthropology, space and place, history of anthropology, applied anthropology; India and South Asia

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    akgupta@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  324A Haines
    Phone  310-794-7969
  • Laurie Kain Hart

    Professor

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    lkainhart@ucla.edu
    Office  307 Haines
    Phone  310-206-3652
  • Douglas W. Hollan

    Professor

    Ethnopsychology and psychoanalysis; psychiatric and medical anthropology; person-centered ethnography; Indonesia, Oceania.

    Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    dhollan@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  316B Haines
    Phone  310-825-3366
  • Christopher Kelty

    Associate Professor

    Science and technology studies, specifically internet culture and history; intellectual property; the public sphere; free and open source software; public domains; commons; authorship and ownership; the history and philosophy of science and technology in the US, Europe and India

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    CKELTY@SOCGEN.UCLA.EDU
    Office  1315 Rolfe
    Phone  310-267-4775
  • Paul V. Kroskrity

    Professor

    Language and culture; language contact, identity, and ideologies; anthropology and verbal art; ethnography of communication; American Indian Languages (especially the Kiowa-Tanoan and Uto-Aztecan families); the Pueblo Southwest, Central California

    Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    paulvk@ucla.edu
    Office  329A Haines
    Phone  310-825-6237
  • Richard Lesure

    Professor

    Archaeology of early village societies; sociopolitical dynamics and the origin of social inequality; Mesoamerica

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    lesure@ucla.edu
    Office  324B Haines
    Phone  310-825-4614
  • Nancy E. Levine

    Professor and Department Chair

    Kinship and domestic economy, demography, social change, gender; Tibet and Central Asia

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    nelevine@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  347 and 395 Haines
    Phone  310-825-2134
  • Li Min

    Associate Professor

    Social archaeology and cultural history of continental East Asia focusing on emergence early civilizations in Neolithic and Bronze Age China. Historical anthropology, material culture, and conceptions of the past in early modern China. Landscape archaeology, integrating systematic survey, analysis of archaeological ceramics, remote sensing imagery, traditional studies of stone inscriptions and numismatics

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    limin@humnet.ucla.edu
    Office  304 Haines
    Phone  310-267-4588
  • Joseph Manson

    Professor

    Primate social behavior; human ethology and evolutionary psychology; personality; psychopathy; life history

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jmanson@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  389 Haines
    Phone  310-267-4337
  • Norma Mendoza-Denton

    Professor

    Sociophonetics; language and Identity; multimedia ethnography; experimental writing; visual anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    nmd@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  382 Haines
    Phone  310-825-3274
  • Elinor Ochs

    Distinguished Professor

    Discourse structures, grammar in context, language and affect, spoken and written language. Language acquisition and language socialization (development/transmission of sociocultural knowledge through language, socialization of cognitive skills through language). Cross-cultural communication. Madagascar, Samoa, U.S., Italy

    Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    eochs@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  318A Haines
    Phone  310-825-0984
  • Sherry B. Ortner

    Distinguished Professor

    Critical cultural and social theory, including feminist theory; late capitalism in the US and globally; contemporary American culture in the wider world; theory and ethnography of media; Hollywood and the indie film scene

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    sortner@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  364 Haines
    Phone  310-825-5447
  • Kyeyoung Park 박계영

    Associate Professor

    Inequality (e.g., race, class, and gender); identity; migration/diaspora; transnational and global processes; critical and multicultural theory; Korean/Asian American Community; Korean/Asian Diaspora; Koreans/Asians in Latin America

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    KPARK@ANTHRO.UCLA.EDU
    Office  383 Haines
    Phone  310-206-3363
  • Susan Perry

    Professor

    Primate social relationships, primate social cognition, communication; capuchins, macaques

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    sperry@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  330B Haines
    Phone  310-267-4338
  • Jemima Pierre

    Associate Professor

    Race/racial formation; race and political economy; cultural politics of decolonization in Africa; history and theory of anthropology; African diaspora studies and theory

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    pierrej@ucla.edu
    Office  7246 Bunche
    Phone  310-825-0029
  • Brooke Scelza

    Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Graduate Studies

    Human behavioral ecology, life history theory, reproductive ecology, maternal and child health; Australia, Namibia.

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    bscelza@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  396 Haines
    Phone  310-825-1437
  • Gregson Schachner

    Associate Professor

    North American archaeology, population movement, origins of villages and leadership in agricultural societies, settlement systems and analysis, ceramic analysis, social context of archaeological practice; American Southwest

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    gschachner@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  302 Haines
    Phone  310-825-5302
  • David Shorter

    Associate Professor

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    shorter ucla edu
    Office  Kaufman 130F
    Phone  310-206-6699
  • Susan Slyomovics

    Distinguished Professor

    Gender; human rights; folklore and material culture; visual anthropology; Middle East and North Africa

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    SSLY@ANTHRO.UCLA.EDU
    Office  312 Haines
    Phone  310-206-3702
  • Monica L. Smith

    Professor

    Urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, anthropology of food, comparative historical archaeology; South Asia, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S.

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    smith@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  329B Haines
    Phone  310-794-9179
  • Shannon Speed

    Associate Professor

    Contact Information

    Email    sspeed@aisc.ucla.edu
    Office  3220A Campbell Hall
    Phone  (310) 825-7315
  • Charles Stanish

    Professor

    Andean anthropology, settlement archaeology, and the evolution of social complexity

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    stanish@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  Haines 309
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  • Mariko Tamanoi 玉野井 麻利子

    Professor

    Sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, political economy, gender studies; colonialism and nationalism; Japan and East Asia; Mexico and Spain (Catalonia)

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    mtamanoi@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  325 Haines
    Phone  310-206-8399
  • Russell Thornton

    Distinguished Professor

    American Indian historical demography, American Indian revitalization movements, American Indian winter counts, contemporary American Indian issues

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    rthornto@ucla.edu
    Office  306 Haines
    Phone  310-825-7080
  • C. Jason Throop

    Professor & Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies

    Psychological and medical anthropology, phenomenology, sensorial anthropology, theories of experience in anthropology, self and subjective experience, empathy, pain, emotion/mood, morality, temporality, anthropology of the will, Yap (Federated States of Micronesia)

    Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jthroop@ucla.edu
    Office  388 Haines
    Phone  310-794-2190
  • Yunxiang Yan 阎云翔

    Professor

    Social change and development, family and kinship, cultural globalization, morality, the individual and individualization

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    yan@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  366 Haines
    Phone  310-267-4336

Adjunct Professors

  • Tamar Kremer-Sadlik

    Assistant Adjunct Professor

    Language and identity; language socialization; parenting and family life; Institutional ideologies and everyday practices; morality; food and health; U.S., Italy, France

    Contact Information

    Email    TKSADLIK@UCLA.EDU
    Office  Haines A75A
    Phone  310-267-4261
  • Robert Lemelson

    Associate Adjunct Professor

    Transcultural psychiatry, ethnographic film, Indonesia (Bali, Java), mental illness, traditional healing, trauma and social violence, neuroanthropology

    Subfield: Psychological and Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    lemelson@ucla.edu
    Office  387 Haines Hall
    Phone  310-454-5904
  • Jessica Lynch-Alfaro

    Assistant Adjunct Professor

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jlynchalfaro@ucla.edu
    Office  1323 Rolfe
    Phone  310-206-1889
  • Thomas Wake

    Assistant Adjunct Professor

    Archaeological and zooarchaeological research along the eastern Pacific Rim; food and ethnicity; development of social complexity; Caribbean Panama; neotropical archaeology; historical archaeology; natural history; human paleoecology; paleoenvironmental reconstruction; comparative osteology

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    twake@ucla.edu
    Office  A357 FOWLER
    Phone  310-206-1782

Professors Emeritus

  • Nicholas Blurton-Jones

    Professor Emeritus

    Human ethology and ecology; evolutionary theory and cross-cultural patterns of mother-infant interaction

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    nickbj@.ucla.edu
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  • Robert Boyd

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus

    Mathematical models of cultural evolution, evolutionary theory

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    rboyd@anthro.ucla.edu
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    Phone  310-909-3156
  • Karen Brodkin

    Professor Emerita

    Social movements, gender, work and kinship, political economy, theory, migration, race and contemporary North American cultures.

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    kbrodkin@anthro.ucla.edu
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  • Carole Browner

    Research Professor and Professor Emerita

    Gender, reproduction, healthocial impact of decoding the human genome, reproductive politics; Latin America, urban U.S.

    Subfield: Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    browner@ucla.edu
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    Phone  310-794-6299
  • Christopher Donnan

    Professor Emeritus

    South American archaeology, iconography, ancient technology

    Subfield: Archaeology

    Contact Information

    Email    cdonnan@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  A332 Fowler
    Phone  310-825-1991
  • Robert B. Edgerton

    Professor-in-Residence

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  • Sondra Hale

    Research Professsor and Professor Emerita

    Gender; political economy; social movements; postcolonial and cultural studies; nationalism and colonialism; diaspora; aesthetics; Islam/Islamism; Middle East and Africa (mainly Sudan and Eritrea)

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    sonhale@ucla.edu
    Office  391 Haines
    Phone  310-206-6505
  • Allen Johnson

    Professor Emeritus

    Cultural and political ecology, research design, psychological anthropology; native South America, Latin American communities

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    ajohnson@ucla.edu
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    Phone  310-825-1437
  • Gail Kennedy

    Professor Emerita

    Human evolution, bioarchaeology, evolutionary theory, anthropological forensics, paleopathology; Africa.

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    kennedy@anthro.ucla.edu
    Office  348 Haines
    Phone  310-825-4860
  • Lewis Langness

    Professor Emeritus

    Psychological and cultural anthropology, history of anthropology; Melanesia.

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

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  • Claudia Mitchell-Kernan

    Professor Emerita

    Urban anthropology, sociolinguistics, Afro-American culture; Caribbean

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    cmkernan@ucla.edu
    Office  2134B Rolfe
    Phone  310-825-2918
  • Michael Moerman

    Professor Emeritus

    Social interaction, conversational analysis, visual anthropology, ethnographic theory; Southeast Asia.

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

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  • Philip Newman

    Professor Emeritus

    Culture theory, comparative religion, aesthetic systems; Oceania.

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    newman@anthro.ucla.edu
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  • Wendell Oswalt

    Professor Emeritus

    Ethnology, technology; North America, Alaska.

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

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  • Merrick Posnansky

    Professor Emeritus

    The archaeology of state formation and urban growth in Ghana and Togo; archaeology of the African Diaspora; cultural conservation and archaeological education in tropical Africa; postage stamps and national cultural policy

    Subfield: Archaological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    merrick@history.ucla.edu
    Office  6265 Bunche
    Phone  310-206-7104
  • Dwight Read

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus

    Mathematical anthropology, structural logic of kinship terminologies, theory of social organization, cultural evolution, archaeological classification

    Subfield: Archaeological, Biological, and Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    dread@anthro.ucla.edu
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    Phone  310-825-3988
  • James Sackett

    Professor Emeritus

    Paleolithic archaeology of France, history and theory of archaeology

    Subfield: Archaeological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jsackett@ucla.edu
    Office  A419 Fowler
    Phone  310-825-9644
  • Joan Silk

    Professor Emerita

    Biological anthropology, primate behavior, evolutionary biology.

    Subfield: Biological Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jsilk@anthro.ucla.edu
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  • Thomas S. Weisner

    Professor Emeritus in Residence

    Culture, human development and the family; children & families at risk; integration of qualitative & quantitative methods; evidence-informed policy; Africa, United States

    Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    tweisner@ucla.edu
    Office  C8-678 Semel
    Phone  310-794-3632
  • Johannes Wilbert

    Professor Emeritus

    Ethnology, cognitive anthropology; South America

    Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

    Contact Information

    Email    jwilbert@ucla.edu
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