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Anthropology

Faculty

All members of the department are active scholars as well as experienced and enthusiastic teachers. Their research interests include the following: Paleoindian archaeology, paleoenvironments, evolutionary theory; cultural, political, economic, psychological and linguistic anthropology; nonverbal communication, language contact and variation; nationalism and state formation, race and class issues, gender issues and future studies.

Charlotte Beck, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology Emerita

cbeck@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: colonization of North America, with emphasis on the Intermountain West; Great Basin Prehistory, with emphasis on the Paleoindian period; evolutionary and ecological theory; surface archaeology and shronology; and Lithic artifact analysis.
Beck received her Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since coming to Hamilton in 1985 her work has focused on the earliest human occupation of the Great Basin (called Paleoindian). More >>

Since coming to Hamilton in 1985 her work has focused on the earliest human occupation of the Great Basin (called Paleoindian).  She has spent the past 15 summers in eastern and central Nevada, together with her husband Tom Jones, teaching an archaeological field school and involving her undergraduates in field and lab research.  She has published extensively, in such journals as American Antiquity, the Journal of World Prehistory, and Quaternary Research.  In addition she has edited two books, Dating in Surface and Exposed Contexts (1994) and more recently, Models for the Millennium: Great Basin Anthropology Today (1999), which presents a set of papers on all aspects of current anthropological and archaeological research in the Great Basin.

Nathan Goodale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology

ngoodale@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: anthropological archaeology, Pacific Northwest North America, Southwest Asia, village origins, paleodemography, and lithic technological organization.
Nathan Goodale earned his B.A. in geology and anthropology from Western State College, his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from Washington State University. More >>

Goodale’s current research is focused on evolutionary approaches to understanding lithic technological organization, the transition to agriculture / resource intensification, and the Neolithic Demographic Transition.

Goodale conducts research in the interior Northwest of North America, western coastal Ireland, and the Near East. Research emphases include modeling human behavior with quantitative methods, lithic technological organization, and evolutionary approaches to understanding variation in material culture as a byproduct of human behavior and knowledge transmission.

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Tom Jones, Ph.D., The Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Anthropology

tjones@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: North American prehistory, especially the Desert West, Paleoindian archaeology, and ecological and evolutionary theory.
George T. Jones, “Tom” to friends and colleagues, began teaching at Hamilton in 1985 after receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. More >>

His research interests concern hunter-gatherer adaptation to desert environments and since 1978 he has conducted archaeological studies in the intermountain region of the western United States.  Between 1986 and 2007, he co-directed the archaeological field school with his wife, Professor of Anthropology Charlotte Beck, focusing on the Paleo-Indian occupation of central and eastern Nevada. With Beck he published the monograph, The Archaeology of the Eastern Nevada Paleoarchaic, and has co-authored numerous book chapters, and articles in such journals as American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science, and Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, which report the results of his research program.  He was awarded the Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for excellence in teaching from the College.

Chaise LaDousa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology

cladousa@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: language and culture, particularly the ways in which institutions serve as loci for cultural production. 
Chaise LaDousa, associate professor of anthropology, attended the college of the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. More >>

LaDousa has conducted field research in North India studying languages and the role they play in education and India’s rapidly changing political economy. Another project has focused on the importance of fun in expressive culture in institutions of higher education in the United States. He has published numerous professional articles, and has a book in press titled Signs of Play: Faith, Race, and Sex in a College Town.

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Andrea Murray, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

aemurray@hamilton.edu
Andrea Murray completed her bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology and women’s studies at Duke University, and her Ph.D. in social anthropology at Harvard University. More >>

Her research explores the intersections of sustainable tourism development and environmental issues on Pacific Islands, Okinawa, and the Japanese archipelago. Murray’s forthcoming book manuscript is titled Footprints in Paradise: Ethnography of Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapy in Okinawa

Bonnie Urciuoli, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology

burciuol@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: linguistics, and social/cultural anthropology.
Urciuoli came to Hamilton in 1988. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. More >>

Her areas of interests are linguistic and cultural anthropology, specializing in public discourses of race, class, and language, and particularly the discursive construction of "diversity" in U.S. higher education.

Urciuoli's book, Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class, was published in 1996; it was awarded the 1997 Gustavus Myers Center Award for the study of human rights in North America. She has published in American Ethnologist, Language and Communication, and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.  

Urciuoli is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Cultural Anthropology, the American Ethnological Society, and the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. 

Christopher Vasantkumar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology

cvasantk@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: anthropology of money; anthropology of mobilities; nationalism and trans-nationalism; history of anthropological theory; China and Tibet.
Christopher Vasantkumar joined the Hamilton faculty in 2006. He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. More >>

Since 2002, he has conducted ethnographic field research in multiethnic communities in northwest China as well as amongst the Tibetan populations of Himachal Pradesh, India. His research interests center on the place of Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in national and trans-national envisionings of China and Chineseness as well as on the intersection between Chinese discourses of minzu (“ethnicity”) and global imaginings of race, nation and indigeneity.

Vasantkumar teaches courses on the politics of difference, transnationalism and globalization and the anthropology of money.
 

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Henry Rutz, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus

hrutz@hamilton.edu
Henry Rutz is an economic anthropologist with research interests in the cultural nationalism of Pacific Island States, with special reference to Fiji. More >>

Rutz also has research interest in changing culture of the middle class in an era of globalization, with special reference to issues of class and education in Istanbul. He is co-author, with Erol Balkan, of Reproducing Class: Education, Neoliberalism and the Rise of the New Middle Class in Istanbul (2009). Rutz's other publications include Cultural Preservation, in World at Risk: A Global Issues Sourcebook (2002), The Rise and Demise of Islamic Religious Schools: Discourses of Belonging and Denial in the Construction of Turkish Civil Society and Culture, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (1999), and Evaluating the Discourse of Tradition, Pacific Studies (2000).

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