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: Breland 301
Phone: 575-646-2109
Education: Ph.D. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2017
Interests: Native American Visual Culture Studies, Native Women Studies, American Indian Studies

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, ethnohistory

Kathryn (Katie) Olszowy 

Assistant Professor

Office: Breland 304
Phone: 575-646-2015
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: 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
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

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





Kristin OttoKristin Otto

Curator, University Museum

Phone: 575-646-5161
Education: Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University
Interests: Museum anthropology, material culture studies, anthropology of art, curatorship, collections-based research, repair


Polly Pérez

Administrative Assistant

Department Main Office: Breland 331
Regular Office Hours: M-F 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm
Phone: 575-646-2725


Affiliated Faculty

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Giovanni Batz

Office: Breland 308
Phone: 575-646-2826
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


Judy Berryman

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

Stanley R. Berryman

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

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

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

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:

Anthropology Functions and Criteria (updated in 2019)