Anthropology Faculty and Staff

Photo Not Available Suzanne Amodio
Part-Time Lecturer

Received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from University of California Berkeley (1993) with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies and her master of arts (1997) and Ph.D. Candidacy (1999) in anthropology from University of California San Diego. Her master's research on international migration of women from the Philippines led to her ongoing dissertation study of the psychological and cognitive effects of mothers' migration on children.

Her interests include issues of identity, imagination (religion, play, etc.), cross cultural human development, enculturation, and culture change. She has conducted research in Indonesia (ethnic identity of Toba Batak, Sumatra), Malaysia (street artists as agents of acculturation), and in the U.S. (theatre as ritual) and participated in group research in Zimbabwe (mother and infant health/nutrition), South Australia (ecology), and Borneo (orangutan behavior and conservation).

Photo Not Available Chrissina C. Burke
Part-Time Lecturer

Chrissina received her Bachelor of Science in anthropology from Michigan State University (2004) and her master of arts in anthropology (2008) from Colorado State University. Currently she is a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno and studies prehistoric archaeology with a focus in zooarchaeology. Chrissina has archaeological research experience Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, California, and Oregon. She has also excavated a Neandertal site in France.

Photo Not Available Andy Carey
Part-Time Lecturer

Received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno (1991 and 1996, respectively). He conducted the archival research and prepared the documentation for the permanent historic exhibit at the Pershing County Court House in Lovelock, Nevada. Mr. Carey is currently completing his doctorate at University of New Mexico and teaches our online ANTH 101 courses.

Photo Not Available John D. Etchemendy
Part-Time Lecturer

John received his B.A. in Business Management from University of New Orleans (1999) and his M.A. in Conflict Transformation with a focus on development from SIT Graduate Institute (2010). His Master's thesis analyzed NATO stability, development, and civil-military cooperation initiatives in Kosovo to determine their impact on multiethnic relationships.

John's field research focuses on transforming intercultural and interethnic conflicts by developing stakeholder communication skills, creating multi-track working groups, and helping to identify and formalize indigenous dispute resolution mechanisms.

In the U.S., John has helped facilitate workshops on interethnic communication, mediation and problem-solving for development professionals drawn from nearly every continent. He has also traveled and worked in forty-four different countries over the last two decades, including serving eight years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army National Guard.

Photo Not Available Julia E. Hammett
Anthropology Professor

Received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from San Jose State University (1980) and her Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in anthropology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1986 and 1991, respectively) with specialties in North American paleoethnobotany, ecological anthropology, and North American archaeology.

She has conducted research in four regions of North America: the Southwest, California, the Southeast, and the Great Basin. Her research combines ecological, archaeological, and historical data to investigate prehistoric and historic landscapes and traditional land use patterns. Currently she conducts research in the San Francisco Bay Area in cooperation with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Stanford University.

Photo Not Available Louis M. Hoscher Ph.D.
Part-Time Lecturer

Lou received his B.A. (1968), M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1975) from Washington State University. He graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University College of Law in 1986. Lou has more than 30 years teaching experience, and has taught at San Jose State University, University of Arizona, and New Mexico State University, plus a number of other universities. His teaching has focused on race and ethnic relations, Chicana/o Studies, criminal justice and criminology. He has published widely in these areas, and edited a book entitled, California's Changing Majority. Lou's current research examines Chicano popular music over the past fifty years.

Photo Not Available Patrick T. Jackson
Part-Time Lecturer

Received his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Portland State University (1990) and his Master of Arts in anthropology from University of New Mexico (1994). He is currently completing his doctorate in ethnology in the department of anthropology at University of New Mexico. Patrick has conducted ethnographic research in Western and Central Mexico and various locations in the United States.

His research interests include the study of Mexican immigration and transmigration to the United States, Latino settlement in the rural and ex-urban Western United States, racial and ethnic difference, labor and social justice movements, gender identity and oral history. He is currently conducting ongoing research on the settlement of Latino immigrants in the Pacific Northwest and is principal investigator for a project documenting the oral history of a gentrifying neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo Not Available Jeanne Harrah Johnson Ph.D.
Part-Time Lecturer

Received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and her teaching degree from University of California Berkeley (1978 and 1979 respectively) and her master of arts and doctoral degrees in folklore with minors in anthropology and history, from Indiana University, Bloomington (1983 and 1992 respectively).

Her research interests include the impact of festival, celebration and ritual, as well as cultural and heritage tourism and its 'interpretation' on the community's values, issues of identity, and the preservation and promotion of traditions. She specializes in public and applied folklore and historic preservation, facilitating educational programs, exhibits, publications and special events on traditional life and culture for individuals and community-based organizations.

Photo Not Available Arthur Krupicz
Part-Time Lecturer

Received his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from University of Maryland (1996) and his Master of Arts in anthropology from University of Arkansas (2000) with emphasis in archaeology. His research and practice have focused upon public education and outreach, particularly to children and young adults.

Mr. Krupicz has worked with numerous museums, including the American Museum of Natural History (New York), Denver Museum of Nature and Science; and most recently he served as Executive Director of the Children's Museum in Carson City, NV. In addition to his work in the non-profit sector, Mr. Krupicz initiated a statewide, archaeological site steward program for the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (SHPO) and has conducted archaeological fieldwork in 20 states and the Caribbean.

Photo Not Available Lyndsey Langsdale
Part-Time Lecturer

Lyndsey Langsdale received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno with minors in Environmental Studies and Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies (2005). Her Master of Arts degree in applied anthropology is from Northern Arizona University (2010), where she did applied work in the fields of urban agriculture and community organization. Ms. Langsdale has worked and conducted research in the American West, Central India, Guatemala, Panama, and Ecuador.

Photo Not Available Margo Memmott
Part-Time Lecturer

Margo Memmott received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in anthropology and German from Utah State University (1997) and her Master of Arts degree in anthropology from University of Nevada, Reno (2004). While studying in the University of Nevada, Reno, she served as President of the Anthropology Student Association for two years.

Her thesis was on the excavation of the archaeological remains below the auditorium floor of Piper's Opera House. In her thesis, she defines an "opera house" archaeological pattern and draws analogy between the Victorian parlor and opera house. Ms Memmott has 13 years of professional experience doing archaeology for cultural resource management projects throughout the American West. She enjoys public archaeology and has worked on Comstock Archaeology Center Projects in Virginia City and a US Forest Service Passport in Time (PIT) Project in Verdi, Nevada. She also participates in public school career days, and the University of Nevada's ASCENT mentor program.

Photo Not Available Teresa A. Wriston, M.A., RPA
Part-Time Lecturer

Received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology with a minor in history from Colorado State University (1996), and her Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Environmental Archaeology (2003) from the University of Nevada, Reno (where she is also currently working on her doctorate).

She is a geoarchaeologist with fifteen years of cultural resource management experience throughout the desert west. Her doctoral research involves reconstructing environmental conditions in western Zimbabwe during the Late Stone Age to Early Iron Age transition. Other research interests include: prehistoric hunters-and-gatherers, ethnohistoric archaeology, peopling of the New World, climate change adaptations, and Complex Systems Theory.

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Calendar of Events

Faculty Senate Part-Time Faculty Issues Committee Meeting

Friday, April 18
RDMT 333, Dandini Campus

Faculty Senate

Friday, April 18
RDMT 256, Dandini Campus