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Faculty and Staff

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Karen Quintiliani (Department Chair)
Phone:(562) 985-1301
Office: F03-303
Office Hours Fall 2017:  By appointment only
Research and Teaching Focus: Urban and applied anthropology, social welfare, public policy, gender and sexuality; North America, Southeast Asia.

Webpage: Karen Quintiliani

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Mitra Baghdadi (Department Coordinator)
Phone: (562) 985-5171
Office: FO3-305
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm

Webpage: Mitra Baghdadi

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Zachary DuBois
Assistant Professor Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst 2012
Phone: (562) 985-2721  
Office: FO3-314
Office Hours Fall 2017: Wed 12pm-3pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Biological anthropology; anthropology of stress response; immune function and disease risk; biocultural interactions; reproductive ecology; sex and gender; anthropology of the body

Webpage: Zachary DuBois


Jayne Howell
Office: FO3-312
Phone: (562) 985-5192
Office Hours Fall 2017: Tue/Thu 2:45pm-3:45pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Education and employment, gender, migration, urban anthropology, ethnohistory, tourism, Mexico; Mexico, Latin America

Webpage: Jayne Howell

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Alexandra Jaffe
Professor & Grad Advisor
Phone: (562) 985-2594
Office: PSY-114
Office Hours Fall 2017: Mon 11:00am-12:00pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Minority language planning and politics, language ideology, anthropology and education, bilingual education, language in the media, orthography and transcription, sociolinguistics

Webpage: Alexandra Jaffe

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Wendy Klein
Associate Professor
Phone: (562) 985-8828
Office: PSY-221
Office Hours Fall 2017: By appointment only
Research and Teaching Focus: Linguistic anthropology, ethnography of communication, language socialization, narrative, language ideology; Japan, Northern India, United States

Webpage: Wendy Klein

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Barbara LeMaster
Phone: (562) 985-5037
Office: F03-322
Office Hours Fall 2017:  By appointment only
Research and Teaching Focus: Ethnicity and gender, applied linguistics, deaf languages and culture, interpreting and translation, intercultural communication, applied anthropology, anthropology and education, urban anthropology, medical anthropology; Ireland, Southern California

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Ron Loewe
Phone: (562) 985-5034
Office: F03-324
Office Hours Fall 2017:
Research and Teaching Focus: Medical anthropology, applied anthropology, Maya language, culture and politics, tourism; Mexico, Latin America

Webpage: Ron Loewe

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Hector Neff
Phone: (562) 985-4468
Office: PH1-202
Office Hours Fall 2017:
Research and Teaching Focus: Archaeology, archaeometry, evolutionary theory, origins of agriculture, quantitative methods; Mesoamerica, Southwest United States, South America
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Steven Rousso-Schindler
Phone: (562) 985-8179
Office: FO3-320
Office Hours Spring 2018: On Sabbatical
Research and Teaching Focus: Visual anthropology and anthropology of Palestine/Israel, national narrative theory, narrative theory, demography, Middle East anthropology, medical anthropology; Israel/Palestine, United States, rural China

Webpage: Steven Rousso-Schindler

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R. Scott Wilson
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: (562) 985-5172
Office: F03-318
Office Hours Fall 2017: Tue 3:30pm-5:00pm;  Wed  12:30pm-2:00pm;  Thu  10:00am-12:00pm, & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Race and ethnicity, transnational media, cultural production; Taiwan, Global East Asia

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Marcus Young Owl
Phone: (562) 985-5179
Office: FO3-316
Office Hours Fall 2017: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 11:00am-12:00pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Primate anatomy and comparative biology, evolutionary theory, anatomical lexicon, history of physical anthropology and anatomy, science education

Webpage: Marcus Young Owl

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Denise Cucurny
Phone:(562) 985-5189
Office: LA5-159
Office Hours Fall 2017:
Research and Teaching Focus: Cross-cultural healing, primate behavior & anatomy, human variation & evolution
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Thomas J Douglas
Phone: (562) 985-5170
Office: FO3-309
Office Hours Fall 2017: Wed 6:00pm–6:50pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Urban and economic anthropology, religion, culture; California, Washington, Cambodian immigrants

Webpage: Thomas Douglas

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Linda D Light
Phone: (562) 985-5189
Office: LA5-159
Office Hours Fall 2017: Mon/Wed 11:00am–12:00pm; Tue/Thu 9:30–10:30 am, & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Guatemalan Maya in Los Angeles, language, gender/ethnicity.

Webpage: Linda Light

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Melissa Sue Maceyko
Phone: 562-985-5170
Office: FO3-309
Office Hours Fall 2017: Mon/Wed 11:45am-1:45pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Linguistic Anthropology, Language Ideology, Political Anthropology, Democratic Participation, Corruption, Gender and Sexuality; North America; Melanesia
Mihir Pandya
Office: FO5-212
Office Hours Fall 2017:
Research and Teaching Focus: Research and teaching focus: Science and technology, knowledge and expertise, security and infrastructure, diversity and generation; United States, India

Sachiko Sakai
Phone: (562) 985-1916
Office: FO5-230
Office Hours Fall 2017: Tue 9:30-11:30 am & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Archaeology of the Southwest United States, ceramic production, and exchange, ceramic source study, luminescence dating, chemical compositional analysis, evolutionary archaeology

Webpage: Sachiko Sakai

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Alicia Vacca
Phone: 985-5186
Office: FO3-310
Office Hours Fall 2017: Tue/Thu 2:00-3:00pm & by appointment
Research and Teaching Focus: Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, Language Revitalization, Language Ideologies, Language and Identity, Language in Education, sociolinguistics; Hawaii, Polynesia

Emeriti Faculty


Keith Dixon,

James Gregory,

Robert Harman,

Daniel O. Larson,

Eugene Ruyle,

Kaoru Oguri,

George Scott,

Namika Raby,