Nathan Goodale, Acting Chair, Associate Professor of Anthropology

B.A., Western State Colorado University; M.A., University of Montana; Ph.D., Washington State University
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Areas of expertise: complex hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest, the forager/farmer transition in Southwest Asia and rural coastal adaptations in western Ireland

Nathan Goodale earned his doctorate in anthropology from Washington State University. He is a scientifically oriented anthropological archaeologist with interests in the origin of villages and small-scale, semi-sedentary societies as well as technological adaptations. He specializes in the rise of complex hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest, the forager/farmer transition in Southwest Asia and rural coastal adaptations in western Ireland. His research emphases include paleodemography, technological adaptations, modeling human behavior with quantitative methods, lithic technological organization and geochemical spatial analysis, all couched in an evolutionary theoretical framework to understand human behavior.

George T. Jones, the Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Anthropology

B.A., University of Washington; M.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Washington
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Areas of expertise: North American prehistory, especially the Desert West, Paleo-Indian archaeology and ecological and evolutionary theory

George T. Jones earned a Ph.D from the University of Washington. His research interests include hunter-gatherer adaptation to desert environments, and he conducts archaeological studies in the Intermountain Region of the Western United States. From 1986 to 2007, he co-directed an archaeological field school with Professor of Anthropology Charlotte Beck, to whom he is married. He and Beck published the monograph, The Archaeology of the Eastern Nevada Paleoarchaic, and he has coauthored numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science and Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. Jones was awarded Hamilton's Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for excellence in teaching.

Chaise LaDousa, Associate Professor of Anthropology

B.A., University of Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., Syracuse University
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Areas of expertise: language and culture, particularly the ways in which institutions serve as loci for cultural production

Chaise LaDousa attended the college of the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. 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. In addition to publishing numerous professional articles, he is the author of Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language and Social Class in Contemporary India, published in 2014, and Signs of Play: Faith, Race, and Sex in a College Town, published in 2011.

Julie Starr, Visiting Instructor of Anthropology

B.A., B.S., M.A., The Ohio State University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia;
Areas of expertise: China; East Asia; cultural anthropology; bodies, gender, race; food; urban ethnography; consumer culture; comparative ethnography; history of anthropology

Julie Starr is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia where she earned a master’s degree in anthropology in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in comparative studies, and a master’s degree in Chinese from the Ohio State University. Based on nearly two years of fieldwork in Shanghai, China, her dissertation is a comparative analysis of the ways in which Chinese and Western women living in Shanghai conceptualized, moralized and pursued better bodies in their daily lives. She will teach introductory courses to cultural anthropology as well as courses focused on the anthropology of China, food, race, consumer culture, and the body.

Bonnie Urciuoli, the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor and Chair of Anthropology

B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Chicago
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Areas of expertise: linguistic anthropology; social/cultural anthropology ethnographic focus: U.S. public discourses of diversity; higher education in U.S.; race, class and language ideology in U.S.; Puerto Rican bilingualism in New York

Urciuoli received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 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 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.

Meredith Moss, Lecturer in Anthropology

B.A., Colorado State University; M.A. and Ph.D., Arizona State University

Meredith Moss is a sociolinguist specializing in the languages and language ideologies of the indigenous peoples of the United States. Her research interests include Native American language revitalization, ideologies of language variation and shift, style and communities of practice, language and gender, and American Indian Englishes. Moss’s dissertation examined the use of Navajo English in Navajo heritage language revitalization.