Anthropology Faculty

Regular Faculty


Rani Alexander

Department Head, Professor

Office: Breland 316
Phone: 575-646-5809
E-mail: raalexan@nmsu.edu
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)
E-mail: farakawa@nmsu.edu
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: Breland 301
Phone: 575-646-2109
E-mail: gbadoni@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2017
Interests: Native American Visual Culture Studies, Native Women Studies, American Indian Studies


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Miriam Chaiken

Dean of the Honors College, Distinguished Achievement Professor

Office: Breland 308
Phone: 575-646-2826
E-mail: mchaiken@nmsu.edu
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
E-mail: kljenks@nmsu.edu
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: Breland 304
Phone: 575-646-2015
E-mail: kolszowy@nmsu.edu
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
E-mail: dpepion@nmsu.edu
Education: Ed.D. Adult, Community, and Higher Education, Montana State University, 1999
Interests: Indigenous ways of knowing, participatory research methodology, decolonizing and indigenizing theory and methods, theories and practices of oppression and colonization, critical theory and tribal critical race theory, Native American spirituality and philosophy, Indigenous cultural strengths and resiliency, Native American traditional learning processes, Indigenous leadership concepts, and ethnohistory of the Blackfeet.


Mary Alice Scott

Associate Professor

Office: Breland 312
Phone: 575-646-5935
E-mail: mscott2@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2010
Interests: Medical Anthropology, public health, transnational migration, Latin America


M. Lois Stanford

Professor

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


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William Walker

Professor

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


Visiting Faculty


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Giovanni Batz

Office: Breland 308
Phone: 575-646-2826
E-mail: batzgio@nmsu.edu
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

E-mail: mybvega@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

 

 

 


Allison Cantor

E-mail: arcantor@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2016
Interests: Biocutural medical anthropology

 

 


Nathan Craig

E-mail: nmc@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005

 

 

 


Bonny Ford

E-mail: bmford@nmsu.edu
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

 

 

 


Staff


Polly Perez

Administrative Assistant

Office: Breland 331 (Department Main Office)
Phone: 575-646-2725
E-mail: pollyana@ad.nmsu.edu

 


Anna Strankman

Curator, University Museum

Phone: 575-646-5161
E-mail: amstrank@nmsu.edu
Education: M.A. Art, University of Washington, 2003
Curriculum Vitae


Affiliated Faculty


Judy Berryman

E-mail: jberry12@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D.  Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 1995
Interests: Cultural resource management, historical archaeology


Stanley R. Berryman

E-mail: archyman@sbcglobal.net
Education: Ph.D.  Archaeology, University of Leicester, 2014
Interests: Cultural resource management, federal archaeology


Warren DeBoer

Education: Ph.D.  Anthropology, University of California, Berkely, 1972
Interests: archaeology and ethnoarchaeology of South America


Alejandro Lugo

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford University, 1995
Interests: border theory, Latino studies, colonialism, capitalism, and cultural production and transformation in the context of transnationalism and globalization


Jennifer Robles

E-mail: jrobles@las-cruces.org
Education: Ph.D. Museum Studies, University of Syndey, 2008
Interests: Museum studies


David J. Steele

E-mail: david.steele@ttuhsc.edu or djsteele@nmsu.edu
Phone: 575-449-4180
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982
Interests: Medical anthropology, educational anthropology, more information here


Sara Stinson

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1978
Interests: human growth and development, human adaptation, and nutritional anthropology in South America


Affiliated Scholars


Toni Laumbach

Education: B.A. Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Interests: Museum Studies, cultural resource management, Southwest prehistory, ceramic analysis


Brad Vierra

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1992
Interests: Southwest prehistory, Archaic period, lithic technology, cultural resource management


Emeritus Faculty


Resources for faculty:

Department Functions and Criteria Document (updated in 2015)