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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-448A | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

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

Erin P. RileyGraduate Advisor
Erin P. Riley
Office: AL-457 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

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

 

Tenured & Tenure-Track Faculty

Amanda KearneyAmanda Kearney, Ph.D.
Professor
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-448A | 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 
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, Graduate Advisor, & 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
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: AL-417 | Office Hours
Email: [email protected]

 

Carlos Figueroa BeltranCarlos Figueroa Beltran, Ph.D.
Office: AL-377 | 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 | Office Hours
Phone: (619) 594-4575
Email: [email protected]

Camila PierobonCamila Pierobon
Office: AL-521 | Office Hours
Phone: (619) 594-4771
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]

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

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

Todd Braje
(Ph.D. University of Oregon 2007) Marine Historical Ecology; Coastal Archaeology; California; Pacific Islands
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