(Ph.D in Anthropology, Yale University, 1987; Professor)
West Africa (Yoruba, Nigeria) and the African Diaspora (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba), History of Anthropology, Social Theory.
Andrew Apter works on ritual, memory, and indigenous knowledge as well as colonial culture, commodity fetishism and state spectacle. His historical ethnography of Yoruba hermeneutics informs his research on “syncretism” and creolization in West Africa and the Americas.
ARNOLD, JEANNE E.
(Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara 1983; Professor)
Archaeological theory, complex hunter-gatherers, craft specialization, political evolution, exchange systems, modern material culture, ethnoarchaeology, the prehistory and early contact era of the Pacific Coast of North America --- California and British Columbia.
BARRETT, H. CLARK
(Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara 1999; Associate Professor)
Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology, cognitive development, hunter-gatherer ecology; South America.
(Ph.D., UC Davis 1975 [Ecology]; Distinguished Professor)
Biological anthropology, mathematical models of cultural evolution, evolutionary theory.
Unlike other organisms, humans acquire a rich body of information from others by teaching, imitation, and other forms of social learning, and this culturally transmitted information strongly influences human behavior. Culture is an essential part of the human adaptation, and as much a part of human biology as bipedal locomotion or thick enamel on our molars. My research is focused on the evolutionary psychology of the mechanisms that give rise to and shape human culture, and how these mechanisms interact with population dynamic processes to shape human cultural variation. I have done much of this work in collaboration with Peter J. Richerson
BRANTINGHAM, P. JEFFREY
(Ph.D., U. of Arizona 1999; Professor)
Paleoanthropology, simulation modeling, carnivore ecology, hunter-gatherers, stone technology, evolutionary theory; China, Mongolia, Tibet.
BROWNER, CAROLE H.
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley 1976; M.P.H., UC Berkeley 1977; Professor In Residence & Department Chair)
Social impact of decoding the human genome, reproductive politics; Latin America, urban U. S.
CATTELINO, JESSICA R.
(Ph.D., NYU 2004; 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.
(Ph.D., University of Southern California 1981 (Linguistics); Distinguished Professor & Dean Of Social Sciences)
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.
FESSLER, DANIEL M.T.
(Ph.D., UC San Diego, 1995; Associate Professor)
Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology; emotions, cooperation, aggression, social control, risk taking, ingestive and reproductive behaviors, morality, cultural evolution; Indonesia.
FISKE, ALAN PAGE
(Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985; Professor)
Psychological anthropology, social theory, social relationships, metarelational models, violence, methodology; Africa
GARRO, LINDA C
(Ph.D., Duke 1982 [Psychology], UC Irvine 1983 [Social Sciences]; Professor)
My research activities are in the areas of medical and psychological anthropology and include: how families make health care decisions; matters of health and illness in everyday life contexts; cultural models; narrative and illness; and remembering as a jointly social, cultural and cognitive process, or, more broadly, the intertwining of cultural, social and cognitive processes in “effort after meaning” as part of everyday life
GOODWIN, MARJORIE H.
(Ph.D., Pennsylvania 1978; Professor)
Ethnography of communication, human interaction, conversation analysis, language and gender, workplace ethnography, children's social organization.
(Ph.D. Stanford University Dept. of Engineering-Economic Systems, 1988; 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.
(Spring 2013 Office Hours: Th 2:00-3:45 pm )
HOLLAN, DOUGLAS W
(Ph.D., UC San Diego 1984; Professor)
Psychological and cultural anthropology; ethnopsychology; cross-cultural psychiatry; person-centered ethnography; Indonesia, Oceania.
JACKSON, JENNIFER L.
(Ph.D., Yale University, 2006; Assistant Professor)
Semiotics, language ideologies and aesthetics, verbal and visual artistic performance in political practice as they relate to the production of democracy, civil society and the state in Madagascar and the U.S. Ideologies and aesthetics of language informing how notions of truth and violence are conveyed in oratorical address.
KELTY, CHRISTOPHER M
(Ph.D., St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School, London 1973; Associate Professor)
Biological anthropology, Human evolution, Bioarchaeology, Evolutionary theory, Anthropological forensics, Paleopathology, Africa.
KROSKRITY, PAUL V
(Ph.D., Indiana 1977; Professor)
Language and culture, language contact, language and identity, language ideologies, anthropology and verbal art, and the ethnography of communication; American Indian Languages (especially the Kiowa-Tanoan and Uto-Aztecan families); the Pueblo Southwest, Central California.
(Chair, IDP in American Indian Studies (1986-2006, 2010-Present))
(Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1995; Professor & Vice Department Chair)
Theory and method in anthropological archaeology; the interplay of rhetoric and evidence. Politics, inequality, and social life in pre-state societies; the transition to sedentism. Prehistoric art and the challenge of interpretation. Prehistoric religions; belief systems, ritual, and daily life. Mesoamerica, Formative period.
LEVINE, NANCY E
(Ph.D., Rochester 1978; Professor)
Kinship and domestic economy, demography, social change, gender; Tibet and Central Asia.
(Chair, General Campus Institutional Review Board of OPRS)
(Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008; Assistant 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.
MANSON, JOSEPH HOWARD
(Ph.D., Michigan 1991; Professor)
Primate behavioral ecology and social relationships; human face-to-face interaction
(Ph.D. Pennsylvania 1974; 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.
(Director, Center for Language, Interaction and Culture (CLIC))
ORTNER, SHERRY B.
(Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1970; 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.
(Ph.D., City University of New York 1990; Associate Professor)
Urban anthropology, political economy, work, capitalism, class, gender, race/ethnicity, social justice, critical and multicultural theories, cultural transformation, migration, transnationalism/globalization; US and Korean/Asian Americans, Asians in the Americas, Asian diaspora, Korea.
PERRY, SUSAN EMILY
(Ph.D., Michigan 1995; Professor)
Primate social relationships, primate social cognition, communication; capuchins, macaques.
SCELZA, BROOKE A
(Ph.D., University of Washington, 2008; Assistant Professor)
Human behavioral ecology, life history theory, reproductive ecology and maternal and child health; Australia, Namibia.
(Ph.D., Arizona State University 2007; Assistant 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
SILK, JOAN B
(Ph.D., UC Davis 1981; Professor)
Biological anthropology, primate behavior, evolutionary biology.
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley 1985; Professor)
Gender; human rights; folklore and material culture; visual anthropology; Middle East and North Africa (Director, G. E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies 2007-12), on sabbatical 2012-13
SMITH, MONICA L.
(Ph.D., University of Michigan 1997 ; Professor)
Urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, anthropology of food, comparative historical archaeology; South Asia, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S.
STANISH, CHARLES S
(Ph.D., Chicago 1985; Professor)
Andean anthropology, settlement archaeology, and the evolution of social complexity.
(Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology)
(Ph.D., Northwestern 1982; Professor)
Sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, political economy, gender studies; colonialism and nationalism; Japan and East Asia; Mexico and Spain (Catalonia)
(Professor Mariko Tamanoi is also an affiliated faculty of the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA, member of the Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA, and member of the Council on the East Asian Studies at UCLA. )
(Ph.D., Florida State University 1968 (Sociology); Postdoctoral, Harvard University 1968-69 (Social Relations); Postdoctoral, University of Southern California 1980 (Demography); Distinguished Professor)
American Indian historical demography, American Indian revitalization movements, American Indian winter counts, contemporary American Indian issues.
THROOP, C. JASON
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(Ph.D. UCLA 2005; Associate Professor)
Psychological and medical anthropology, phenomenology, theories of experience in anthropology, self and subjective experience, empathy, pain/sensation/emotion, morality, temporality, anthropology of the will, Yap (Federated States of Micronesia)
WEISNER, THOMAS S.
(B.A., Reed College, 1965; Ph.D., Harvard 1973; Professor In Residence)
Culture, human development and the family; children & families at risk; mixed methods; evidence-informed policy; Africa, United States.
(Ph.D., Harvard 1993; Professor)
Social change and development, family and kinship, cultural globalization, morality, the individual and individualization
LEMELSON, ROBERT BUSH
(M.A. University of Chicago 1987 Ph.D.UCLA 1999 ; Adjunct Professor)
Psychological and Medical Anthropology, Transcultural Psychiatry, Ethnographic Film,Indonesia (Bali,Java), mental illness, traditional healing, trauma and social violence, neuroanthropology
(Ph.D, UCLA, 2004; Adjunct Professor)
Political participation, contemporary Asian migration, transnational Asian American communities, race theory, social movements
BLURTON-JONES, NICHOLAS G.
(Ph.D., Oxford 1962; Professor Emeritus)
Biological anthropology, human ethology and ecology; evolutionary theory and cross-cultural patterns of mother-infant interaction.
(Ph.D., Michigan 1971; Professor Emeritus)
Social movements, Gender, work and kinship, political economy, theory, migration, race and contemporary North American cultures.
DONNAN, CHRISTOPHER B
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley 1968; Professor Emeritus)
South American archaeology, iconography, ancient technology
(Moche civilization flourished on the north coast of Peru between AD 100 and 800. Although the Moche people had no writing system, they left a vivid artistic record of their beliefs and activities in beautifully sculpted and painted ceramic vessels, colorful wall murals, sumptuous textiles, and superbly crafted objects of gold, silver, and copper. Dos Cabezas is a spectacular early Moche settlement located at the delta of the Jequetepeque River. Consisting of pyramids, palaces and domestic areas, it is perhaps the largest early Moche settlement ever built. )
(Ph.D., UC Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1979; M.A. UC Los Angeles, African Studies 1967; B.A. UC Los Angeles, English Literature; Professor Emeritus)
Gender; political economy; social movements; postcolonial and cultural studies; nationalism and colonialism; diaspora; aesthetics; Islam/Islamism; Middle East and Africa (mainly Sudan and Eritrea).
HAMMOND, PETER B.
(Ph.D., Northwestern 1962; Professor Emeritus)
Social inequality, sexuality and gender, Africa, African Diaspora, whiteness
(Ph.D., Stanford 1968; Professor Emeritus)
Cultural and political ecology, research design, psychological anthropology; native South America, Latin American communities.
LANGNESS, LEWIS L
(Ph.D., Washington 1964; Professor Emeritus)
Psychological and cultural anthropology, history of anthropology; Melanesia.
(Not in residence.)
(Ph.D., London 1952; Professor Emeritus)
Social and cultural anthropology, aesthetic anthropology, symbolic systems, intentional communities; Africa, Sri Lanka.
(Ph.D., Yale 1964; Professor Emeritus)
Social interaction, conversational analysis, visual anthropology, ethnographic theory; Southeast Asia.
(Not in residence.)
NEWMAN, PHILIP L.
(Ph.D., Washington 1962; Professor Emeritus)
Culture theory, comparative religion, aesthetic systems; Oceania.
(Not in residence.)
OSWALT, WENDELL H.
(Ph.D., Arizona 1959; Professor Emeritus)
Ethnology, technology; North America, Alaska.
(Not in residence.)
(Ph.D., Nottingham University, 1956; 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.
PRICE-WILLIAMS, DOUGLASS R
(Ph.D., London 1963; Professor Emeritus)
Psychological anthropology, cross-cultural cognitive studies, cross-cultural studies of dreams
(Not in residence)
READ, DWIGHT W
(Ph.D., UC Los Angeles 1970 [Mathematics]; Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Mathematical anthropology, structural logic of kinship terminologies, theory of social organization, cultural evolution, archaeological classification.
SACKETT, JAMES R.
(Ph.D. Harvard University, 1965; Professor Emeritus)
Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) archaeology of France, history and theory of archaeology
(My biggest field effort was at the site of Solvieux, which is without rival for size and complexity in Western Europe. From 1967 through 1974, Solvieux was intensively researched by a joint UCLA-University of Bordeaux project. In all, 2500 cubic meters of deposit were excavated, producing a kilometer of stratigraphic sections, 2000 square meters of horizontally exposed occupation surface, and some 5000 retouched stone tools representing eleven distinct archaeological levels. )
(Ph.D., Cologne University 1955; Professor Emeritus)
Ethnology, cognitive anthropology; South America.
WILLIAMS, BOBBY J.
(Ph.D., Michigan 1965; Professor Emeritus)
Biological anthropology, population and quantitative genetics, human ecology.
(Not in residence.)