Santa Clara University

Staff

schiaramonteSandra Chiaramonte
Department Senior Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Office: O'Connor 329
Phone: 408-554-2794
Fax: 408-554-4189
email: schiaramonte@scu.edu

Professional Background:

Sandee has been working at Santa Clara University for over 20 years. She is an award winning staff member:
  • 1996 Staff Outstanding Service Achievement Award
  • 1997 Staff Recognition Award
  • 2001 Nancy Keil Service Excellence Award

Responsibilities:

Sandee oversees the day-to-day operations of two separate departments.  She works closely with the students and faculty, answering questions, assisting with enrollment issues, provided Administrative support to two Department Chairs.  Additionally, she coordinates department events, manages the budgets, organizes the Undergraduate Research Conference, and advises students with any issues that arise.  Maintains the departments office organization and supervises student assistants.

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Faculty

 

undefinedMichelle Bezanson, Department Chair

mbezanson@scu.edu
408-551-1684
O’Connor 321
http://www.michellebezanson.com

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Bezanson is a biological anthropologist with research interests in evolutionary anthropology, primate behavioral ecology, and human ecology. Her research has focused on ontogenetic (the life history of an individual) effects on posture, locomotion, prehensile-tail use, and the behavioral, arboreal, and resource-based contexts of these patterns in wild mantled howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) inhabiting tropical forests in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  Currently, she is examining how omnivory, large brains, and fine manipulative abilities influence the evolution of life history features in nonhuman primates. 

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 1:  Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Anthropology 5: Popular Culture and Biological Anthropology
Anthropology 11a: Measuring Humanity
Anthropology 130:  Primate Behavioral Ecology
Anthropology 132: Human Evolution Summer fieldschool  Primate Behavior and Ecology

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luis_cLuis Calero
lcalero@scu.edu
408-554-2194
O’Connor 315

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Calero’s academic background in cultural anthropology has centered on the study of indigenous and peasant cultures of Latin America. He has carried out field research in Andean South America and Central America focusing on questions of ethno-history, cultural and environmental survival, sustainable development, globalization and migration. 

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 12: Peace and Violence
Anthropology 50: World Geography
Anthropology 110: Anthropology Theory
Anthropology 150: Religion in Culture and Society
Anthropology 158: Applied Anthropology
Anthropology 159: Critiquing Culture Change and Development
Anthropology 185: Peoples of Latin America



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undefinedGregory Gullette
ggullette@scu.edu
408-554-6884
O'Connor 321

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gullette has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States.  He is primarily interested in issues of environmental and economic anthropology, political economy, development, migration, and transnationalism.  His research in Oaxaca, Mexico has focused on how Mexican tourism development policies have influenced international migration patterns, especially migration between Mexico and the United States.  Within this work he has examined remittance strategies in international migration.  Beginning in 2009 Gregory started to conduct research in Thailand on the intersections between migration, remittance management, and urban class/status hierarchies.  His current work is particularly interested in examining 1) how rapid urban expansion facilitated by state development policy and widespread urban in-migration have created various social and environmental inequalities and 2) the dynamic nature of peri-urban spaces, which are characterized by the diversification of communities, the mosaics of competing land use strategies (such as tensions between farmers, manufacturers, and tourism developers), and various attempts to sustainably manage natural resources.

Courses Taught:


Anthropology 3: Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 11A: Migration and Transnationalism
Anthropology 12A: Migration and Transnationalism
Anthropology 110: Anthropological Theory
Anthropology 112: Anthropological Methods
Anthropology 114: Senior Capstone
Anthropology 152: Political Anthropology
Anthropology 154: Environmental Anthropology
Anthropology 158: Applied Anthropology
Anthropology 198: Internship


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undefinedMary Hegland
mhegland@scu.edu
408-554-4646
O’Connor 318

Curriculum Vitae

Mary Elaine Hegland's field work has been in the Middle East and South Asia: Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. She has also worked among Iranian Americans in the Bay Area of California and involves students in research projects among people of Iranian and other Middle Eastern backgrounds in the Santa Clara area. Dr. Hegland’s publications deal with the Iranian Revolution of 1978-1979; women and gender in religion and politics in Iran; change and continuity in an Iranian village; and women and gender in Shia Muslim rituals in Pakistan. Currently, Dr. Hegland is conducting research about aging and the elderly in Iran and among Iranian Americans in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She also plans to study women and gender and family hierarchy and dynamics as related to aging and the elderly in Tajikistan.    

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 11A: Transforming Middle East

Anthropology 90: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Anthropology 157: Family, Kin, and Culture

Anthropology 172: Anthropology of Aging
Anthropology 188: People, Culture, and Change in the Middle East

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undefinedLisa Kealhofer
lkealhofer@scu.edu.
408-554-6810
O’Connor 319

Curriculum Vitae

Lisa Kealhofer has worked in both Turkey and Southeast Asia since 1991.  Her research interests focus on the relationships between environment, land use, and cultural change.  Her recent work includes the Anatolian Iron Age Project, studying trade in the 1st millennium BCE.  In 2014, she is beginning a new collaboration to study the role of exchange and interaction in the development of the Khmer polity in the 2nd millennium CE.

Courses Taught:


Anthropology 2: Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology 12A:  Measuring Humanity
Anthropology 140: Food, Culture and the Environment
Anthropology 142: Environmental Archaeology
Anthropology 145: Historical Ecology
Anthropology 147: Archaeology of Complex Societies
Anthropology 190: Virtual Santa Clara -History and Culture

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mythriMythri Jegathesan
mjegathesan@scu.edu
408-551-3323
O'Connor 322

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jegathesan is a cultural anthropologist with a research focus on gender, labor, minority politics, and development in the Global South. Her research has focused on the social and economic experiences of Tamil women tea plantation residents and workers in Sri Lanka, where she has conducted field research since 2005. She is currently researching the first women's trade union in Sri Lanka, the dynamics of transnational organizing across formal and informal employment sectors, and the changing development practices of local NGOs in postwar Sri Lanka. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, American Association for University Women, and American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.

Courses to be taught in 2014-2015:

Anthropology 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 112: Anthropological Methods
Anthropology 114: Senior Project
Anthropology 170: Women, Gender, and Sexuality

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panich2Lee Panich
lpanich@scu.edu
408-551-3325
O'Connor 313

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Panich is an archaeologist with a research focus on California and neighboring areas. His current research centers on the site of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, on the SCU campus, where he is working with undergraduate students to explore the lives of the Native Americans who lived and worked at the mission. In particular, this research addresses dynamic colonial identities and the role of the mission within broader indigenous landscapes. Dr. Panich is also the co-director of a binational research project in Baja California, Mexico, that uses the geochemical analysis of obsidian artifacts to study native trade networks and settlement patterns.

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 2: Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology 4: Vanished Peoples and Lost Civilizations
Anthropology 114: Senior Seminar
Anthropology 146: Anthropological Perspectives on Colonial California
Anthropology 148: Historical Archaeology
Anthropology 195: Field Course in Anthropological Methods
Anthropology 196: Archaeological Methods and Theory

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westermarkGeorge Westermark,
Professor Emeritus


gwestermark@scu.edu




Curriculum Vitae

After completing his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Washington, George came to Santa Clara in 1980.  His primary areas of  research have focused on issues of law, conflict resolution, and colonialism.  The site of this ethnographic and ethnohistorical research has been in the Pacific Islands, both in Papua New Guinea and Guam.  He is particularly interested in the ways local populations adapt to legal and political systems created by colonizing powers.  In addition, his interests have included studies in religion as a force for change.  His courses reflect his interests with an emphasis on Law and Society (Anth 151) and Conflict Resolution (Anth 155).  He has combined his academic pursuits outside the university by serving for many years as a volunteer mediator in local community mediation programs.

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Anth 11: Peace and Violence 
Anthropology 151: Law and Society
Anthropology 155: Conflict Resolution
Anthropology 181: Pacific Island Societies

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ACADEMIC YEAR ADJUNCT LECTURERS

jobinMatthew Jared Jobin
mjobin@scu.edu
408-554-4328
O'Connor 320

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Jobin holds a Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University. His work has integrated computational and laboratory methods in order to provide statistical pictures of human prehistory. He has a background in anthropology, genetics and organismal biology. His recent work has been focussed on novel approaches for investigating the parameters of prehistoric human life, including the comparison of alternate models of ancient human migration and estimation of the size of prehistoric populations.


Courses Taught:

Anthropology 1: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Anthropology 133: Human Nutrition and Culture
Anthropology 135: Human Development and Sexuality




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SangeetaSangeeta Luthra
sluthra@scu.edu
408/554-4328
O'Connor 320


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Luthra holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.  She has conducted research on participatory and grassroots development and non-governmental organizations in New Delhi, India.  Her research explored the local – global networks shaping development initiatives in South Asia during the structural adjustment/liberalization period of the 1990s to the present.  Her interests include feminist anthropology, women's empowerment and development, and social movements and social change.

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology 90: Cross-Cultural Studies of Women
Anthropology 110: Anthropological Theory
Anthropology 172: Anthropology of Aging
Anthropology 150: Anthropology of Religion
Anth 152: Political Anthropology


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QUARTERLY ADJUNCT LECTURER

undefinedLorna Pierce
lcpierce@scu.edu
O’Connor 329

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 136: Forensic Anthropology













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Student Assistants

Allison McNamara


 
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