Anthropology Faculty

Archaeology 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

fumiarakawaFumi 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

Kelly L. Jenks 

Assistant 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

BillWalkerPhoto2013William Walker


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

Biological Anthropology Faculty

Bonny Ford

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Breland 304
Phone: 575-646-5940
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

Cultural Anthropology Faculty

ChaikenProfileMiriam 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

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.)

Scott Rushforth


Office: Breland 301
Phone: 575-646-2109
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1977
Interests: Linguistics, Native American ethnography, Athapaskan languages and cultures

scott2Mary 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

Adjunct Faculty

Allison Cantor

Education: Ph.D. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2016
Interests: Maternal and child health, reproductive health and human rights, nutrition, the developmental origins of health and disease, medical anthropology, chronic disease, applied anthropology, Latin American studies

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


Barb Burrell

Administrative Assistant

Office: Breland 331 (Department Main Office)
Phone: 575-646-2725
Education: M.A. Sociology, New Mexico State University, 2000


Anna Strankman

Curator, University Museum

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

Resources for faculty:

Department Functions and Criteria Document (updated in 2015)