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Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Our department has fourteen core faculty and a number of lecturers that cover the broad spectrum of anthropology. With a regional focus on the Pacific Rim, our anthropologists work locally here in San Diego and southern California, as well as internationally in Mexico (Baja California, Oaxaca, and Campeche), the Solomon Islands, and Indonesia.

Important Contacts

Matthew LauerDepartment Chair
Matthew Lauer
Office: AL-417 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Isaac UllahUndergraduate Advisor
Isaac Ullah
Office: AL-480 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Nicole MathwichGraduate Advisor
Nicole Mathwich
Office: AL-486 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Iris IslaAdministrative Coordinator
Iris Isla
Office: AL-448
Phone: (619) 594-8450
Email: [email protected]


Tenured & Tenure-Track Faculty

Todd BrajeTodd Braje, Ph.D.
Professor - On Leave
Office: HT-137
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Marine Historical Ecology; Coastal Archaeology

Amanda KearneyAmanda Kearney, Ph.D.
Office: AL-421 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Applied Anthropology/Engaged Anthropology, Socio-cultural Anthropology, Ethnography, Indigenous land and sea rights

Matthew LauerMatthew Lauer, Ph.D.
Professor & Department Chair
Office: AL-417 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Environmental Anthropology

Seth W. MalliosSeth W. Mallios, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, South Coastal Information Center
Office: AL-472 | Office Hours
Phone: (619) 594-4748
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Historical Archaeology, Economic Anthropology

Nicole MathwichNicole Mathwich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Graduate Advisor
Office: AL-486 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Archaeology, Columbian Exchange

Arion T. MayesArion T. Mayes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: AL-413 | Office Hours
Phone: (619) 594-4708
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Bioarchaeology, Dental Anthropology

Vijayanka NairVijayanka Nair, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: AL-476 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Sociocultural Anthropology, South Asia

Oliver PaineOliver Paine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: AL-459 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Paleoanthropology, early hominin feeding ecology

Ramona L. PérezRamona L. Pérez, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Center for Latin American Studies
Office: AL-377 | Office Hours
Phone: (619) 594-1155
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Food and Nutrition, Migration and Identity

Erin P. RileyErin P. Riley, Ph.D.
Professor & Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
Office: AL-457 | Office Hours
Email:[email protected]

Interests: Ethnoprimatology, Environmental Anthropology

Erika Robb LarkinsErika Robb Larkins, Ph.D.
Professor & Director Center for Brazilian Studies - On Sabbatical
Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-5028
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Violence and inequality in urban settings, Brazil

Casey RouletteCasey Roulette, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: AL-484 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Evolutionary Anthropology; Human Biology

Elisa SoboElisa Sobo, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of CAL Undergraduate Research
Office: AL-411 | Office Hours
Phone: (619) 594-6591
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Childhood

Isaac UllahIsaac Ullah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor
Office: AL-480 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Computational Archaeology, Social-Ecological Systems


Lecturers & Associated Faculty 

Trudi AndresTrudi Andres
Office: AL-459 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Shannon B. Black Shannon B. Black 
Office: SH 231 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Kieth ChanKeith Chan, Ph.D.
Office: HT-137A | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Cheryl HintonCheryl Hinton
Office: AL-478 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


David KamperDavid Kamper
Office: AL-331B | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Jocelyn Killmer

Jocelyn Killmer, Ph.D.
Office: AL-455 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

Sam KobariSam D. Kobari
Office: AL-474 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Jaime LennoxJaime Lennox
Office: AL-482
Phone: (619) 594-4575
Email: [email protected]

Shubhra MurarkaShubhra Murarka

Office HT-137A | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Savanna SchuermannSavanna Schuermann
Office: AL-478 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]


Joseph W. Ball
(Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison 1973) Mesoamerican culture history, ceramic analysis
Email: [email protected]

Frederick Conway
(Ph.D. American University 1978) Cultural Anthropology, applied anthropology, sustainability, the environment and language
Email: [email protected]

Lynn H Gamble
(Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara 1991) Complex hunter-gatherers, development of socio-political complexity, archaeological method & theory, anthropological ethics, European contact in North America, ethnoarchaeology, exchange, Cultural Resource Management; California, North America

Philip J Greenfeld
(Ph.D. University of Arizona 1972) Linguistics, cognitive anthropology, Athapaskan speakers, history of theory; US Southwest, Northern Mexico
Email: [email protected]

Ronald S Himes
(Ph.D. University of Hawai’i 1972) Cultural Anthropology, linguistics, historical linguistics and dialectology; Philippines, Southeast Asia
Email: [email protected]

Lois K Lippold
(Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1971) Physical anthropology, primate ecology and behavior, osteology, environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology; Latin America, Vietnam, SE Asia
Email: [email protected]

Mary Jane Moore
(Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1971) Biological Anthropology, human biology, genetics, medical anthropology, aging, nutritional anthropology, reproduction; Appalachia
Email: [email protected]

Wade C Pendleton
(Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1970) Applied, urban, research methods, data analysis, computers; Africa, North America
Email: [email protected]

Vivian J Rohrl
(Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1967) Art, social anthropology, applied anthropology, culture and personality, legal anthropology; China, Europe, North America
Email: [email protected]

Gary O Rollefson
(Ph.D. University of Arizona 1978) Old World archaeology, Paleolithic, Neolithic, lithic analysis
Email: [email protected]

Lawrence C Watson
(Ph.D. University of California, Los Angles 1967) Psychological anthropology, the individual and culture, ethnology; South America

Dan Whitney
(J.D. WSU 1976; Ph.D. Michigan State University 1968) Sociocultural anthropology, law and society, environmental law, recreation and public land use; Japan, Okinawa
Email: [email protected]

Michael G Baksh
(Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles) Cultural ecology, culture change, time allocation, cultural resource management, applied ethnography; Peruvian Amazon, Southern California, Native North Americans
Email: [email protected]

G Timothy Gross
(Ph.D. Washington State University 1987) Hunter-gatherers, early agriculture, site formation processes, food shortage-facilities, curation, lithic technology; Western North America
Email: [email protected]

Madeleine M Richeport-Haley
(Ph.D. New York University 1975; Adj Professor) Medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, visual anthropology; Caribbean, Brazil

Dominique Rissolo
(Ph.D. University of California, Riverside 2001) Maritime trade, cave archaeology, rock art, ceramics; Mesoamerica, Caribbean
Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Roulette
(Ph.D. Washington State University 2019) Medical anthropology, human development, childhood and culture, ethnobiology, prevention science, ethnographic methods; Sub-Saharan Africa; Agro-pastoralists, hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists
Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Sime
(Ph.D. Columbia University 2009) Anthropology of religion, mass media (particularly visual media), the politics of memory, social theory, and anthropology of the body; Spain, Europe, and Latin America

Chia L Tan
(Ph.D. State University of New York, Stony Brook 2000) Primate ecology, behavior, reproduction, development, social structure, and conservation, Rhinopithecus, Hapalemur; China, Vietnam, Madagascar
Email: [email protected]

Jennifer T Taschek
(Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison 1981) Archaeological field methods and techniques, instrument mapping and survey, technical illustration and drafting, archaeological excavation and conservation, Maya archaeology and cultural history, Maya ideology and urban design, faunal analysis

Rose A Tyson
(M.A. San Diego State University 1973) Physical anthropology, museology