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undefined Michelle Bezanson, Department Chair
O’Connor 321

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

luis_cLuis Calero
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

undefinedMary Hegland
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

undefinedLisa Kealhofer
O’Connor 319

Curriculum Vitae

Lisa Kealhofer’s recent research interests focus on ceramic exchange patterns as a proxy for socio-political organization, while she maintains a long term interest in tropical landscapes and agricultural development. She uses phytolith analysis to explore land use dynamics during the Holocene. Currently she is engaged in a collaborative project studying the development of the Khmer Empire through the lens of stoneware production and exchange, while her last project studied interaction and trade in western Anatolia during the Iron Age.


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

mythriMythri Jegathesan
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

panich2Lee Panich
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

westermarkGeorge Westermark, Professor Emeritus

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.  


gallagherPatrick Gallagher
O’Connor 3rd Floor

Dr. Gallagher is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in environmental anthropology and the anthropology of science. His work examines the cultural politics of environmental conservation and the growing role of the market in efforts to produce and protect environmental resources in coastal Belize. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.





jobinMatthew Jared Jobin
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


SangeetaSangeeta Luthra

Sangeeta Luthra
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

undefinedLorna Pierce

Lorna Pierce
O’Connor 329

Courses Taught:

Anthropology 136: Forensic Anthropology


susan Susan Babbel
Department Senior Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Office: O'Connor 329
Phone: 408-554-2794
Fax: 408-554-4189

Professional Background:

Susan is the Senior Administrative Assistant for Anthropology and has been with Santa Clara University since 1999. Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts from SJSU, and is in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Education program at SCU.  She is an exhibiting artist and enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending time with her family.

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