Anthropology Faculty

Regular Faculty

Rani Alexander

Department Head, Professor

Office: Breland 316
Phone: 575-646-5809
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1993
Interests: Mesoamerican archaeology, historical archaeology of Yucatán, ethnohistory and colonialism, agrarian ecology, fauna analysis

Fumi Arakawa

University Museum Director, Associate Professor

Office: Breland 323 / Kent 207
Phone: 575-646-4295 (Breland Hall) / 575-646-4536 (University Museum)
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Washington State University, 2006
Interests: Prehistoric American Southwest, lithic technological organization, pottery in Mesa Verde region, sociopolitical organization in tribal-level societies

Georgina Badoni

Assistant Professor

Office: TBA
Phone: TBA
Education: Ph.D. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2017
Interests: Native American Visual Culture Studies, Native Women Studies, American Indian Studies


Miriam Chaiken

Dean of the Honors College, Distinguished Achievement Professor

Office: Breland 308
Phone: 575-646-2826
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983
Interests: Participatory development, resettlement, and rural health and nutrition, gender, applied anthropology, Africa and SE Asia

Kelly L. Jenks 

Associate Professor

Office: Breland 305 / Lab: Breland 307
Phone: 575-646-2560
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2011
Interests: Historical archaeology, Hispanic colonization and settlement, political and social identities, regional economic systems, analysis of historical-period artifacts and aboriginal ceramics, ethnohistory

Kathryn (Katie) Olszowy 

Assistant Professor

Office: TBA
Phone: TBA
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Binghamton University, 2014
Interests: economic development and chronic disease risk, sex/gender-based disparities in obesity risk, mental and physical health outcomes associated with natural disasters, child growth and development, and the biology of poverty

Donald D. Pepion

College Professor

Office: Breland 303
Phone: 575-646-3610
Education: Ed.D. Adult, Community, and Higher Education, Montana State University, 1999
Interests: Ethnohistory of the indigenous Blackfoot peoples (Canada, U.S.)

Mary Alice Scott

Associate Professor

Office: Breland 312
Phone: 575-646-5935
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2010
Interests: Medical Anthropology, public health, transnational migration, Latin America

M. Lois Stanford


Office: Breland 306
Phone: 575-646-6092
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, 1989
Interests: Applied anthropology, Latin American studies, agricultural economics


William Walker


Office: Breland 314
Phone: 575-646-7006
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1995
Interests: Southwestern archaeology, ritual in prehistory

Visiting Faculty

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Giovanni Batz

Office: TBA
Phone: TBA
E-mail: TBA
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
Interests: extractivist industries and megaprojects in Latin America; Central American and Maya migration, displacement and diaspora; Guatemalan history; indigenous social movements; and human rights


Adjunct Faculty

Margaret Brown Vega

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008




Allison Cantor

Education: Ph.D. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2016
Interests: Biocutural medical anthropology

Nathan Craig

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005




Bonny Ford

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2018
Interests: Hominin dispersals/migrations, human variation, skeletal biology, modern human origins and the peopling of Central Asia



Affiliated Faculty

Judy Berryman

Education: Ph.D.  Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 1995
Interests: Cultural resource management, historical archaeology

Stan Berryman

Education: Ph.D.  Archaeology, University of Leicester, 2014
Interests: Cultural resource management, federal archaeology

Jennifer Robles

Education: Ph.D. Museum Studies, University of Syndey, 2008
Interests: Museum studies

David J. Steele

E-mail: or
Phone: 575-449-4180
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982
Interests: Medical anthropology, educational anthropology, more information here


Polly Perez

Administrative Assistant

Office: Breland 331 (Department Main Office)
Phone: 575-646-2725

Anna Strankman

Curator, University Museum

Phone: 575-646-5161
Education: M.A. Art, University of Washington, 2003
Curriculum Vitae

Emeritus Faculty

Resources for faculty:

Department Functions and Criteria Document (updated in 2015)