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Faculty

Regular Faculty

Rani Alexander

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

Fumi Arakawa

University Museum Director, Associate Professor

Office: Kent 207 (University Museum)
Phone: 575-646-4536
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

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

Kelly Jenks

Kelly L. Jenks

Associate Professor

Office: Breland 305 / Lab: Breland 307
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, ethnohistory

Katie Olszowy

Kathryn (Katie) Olszowy

Assistant Professor

Office: Breland 304
Phone: 575-646-5935
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

Don Pepion

Donald D. Pepion

College Professor

Office: Breland 303
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

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

Lois Stanford

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

Bill Walker

William Walker

Professor

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

Staff

 

Kristin Otto

Kristin Otto

Curator, University Museum

Phone: 575-646-4056
E-mail: krotto@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University
Interests: Museum anthropology, material culture studies, anthropology of art, curatorship, collections-based research, repair

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Polly Smith

Administrative Assistant

Office: Breland 331 (Department Main Office)
Regular Office Hours: M-F 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm
Phone: 575-646-2725
E-mail: pollyana@nmsu.edu

Adjunct Faculty

 

Margaret Vega Brown

Margaret Vega Brown

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

Allison Cantor

Allison Cantor

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

Nathan Craig

Nathan Craig

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

 Resources for faculty: Anthropology Functions and Criteria (updated in 2019)

Affiliated Faculty

Giovanni Batz

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

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

Alejandro Lugo

E-mail: alugo85@nmsu.edu
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

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

Brenda Benefit

E-mail: bbenefit@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, New York University, 1987
Interests: Evolution of Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene Catarrhine primates, paleoecology

Miriam Chaiken

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

W Thomas Conelly

E-mail: tconelly@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983
Interests: Agriculture, ecological anthropology, applied anthropology, SE Asia, East Africa, Amish communities in the U.S.

Christine Eber

E-mail: ceber@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, State University of New York, 1991
Interests: Art, drugs, gender, religion, Mesoamerica, women’s studies, and writing about culture

Beth O’Leary

E-mail: boleary@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1985
Interests: Southwest archaeology, cultural resource management, subarctic ethnography

Monte McCrossin

E-mail: mmccross@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
Interests: Human evolution, primate paleontology, paleoecology

Scott Rushforth

E-mail: srushfor@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1977
Interests: Linguistics, Native American ethnography, Athapaskan languages and cultures

Edward Staski

E-mail: estaski@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1983
Interests: Urban archaeology, historical archaeology

Wenda Trevathan

E-mail: wtrevath@nmsu.edu
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980
Interests: Childbirth, maternal behavior, evolutionary medicine, sexuality