Nathan Goodale 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. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from Washington State University.
George T. Jones' 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. He earned a doctorate from the University of Washington.
Chaise 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. He attended the college of the University of Chicago and received his doctorate from Syracuse University.
Based on nearly two years of fieldwork in Shanghai, China, Julie Starr's 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 is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, where she earned a master’s degree in anthropology in 2010. Starr also holds a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in comparative studies and a master’s degree in Chinese from Ohio State University. 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's 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. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago.