Robert R. Sauders is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the programs of both Anthropology and Geography at Eastern Washington University where his teaching focuses on the Middle East, Islam, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, transnational activism, peace-building and geographic information systems (GIS).
Dr. Sauders' research explores the practical and theoretical complexities surrounding the direct and indirect participation of activists and networks in transnational social justice and human rights campaigns with a particular interest in how such actors can shape and influence conceptualizations and constructions of space and place within ethnic, national, religious, political, economic and environmental conflicts.
Specifically, the focus of this research is on non-state actors who engage the political discourse from grassroots, social justice frameworks that cut across traditional ethnic, national and religious boundaries and, instead, emphasizes transnational spatial understandings rooted in solidarity and peacebuilding. Using ethnographic methods supported by qualitative and quantitative data analysis, the research aims to provide an alternative, yet complimentary, approach to the more widespread state-focused analysis of the conflict.
Dr. Sauders received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in 2007.
Courses: ANTH 348 Peasant Societies; Politics of Culture; History and Culture of the Middle East; Anthropology of Islam; Anthropology of Museums
Dr. John T. Dorwin received his Ph.D. from Indiana University with a dissertation on late prehistoric archaeological cultures of central Indiana. After teaching for six years in Kentucky and North Carolina he formed a Cultural Resource Management firm and for fourteen years directed terrestrial and underwater archaeological and historical investigations under contract to state and federal agencies as well as corporate clients. He returned to teaching in 1990, specializing in underwater archaeology and principles of historical and anthropological archaeology.
Courses: ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 452 Underwater Archaeology; ANTH 355 Indians of North America; ANTH 301 Principles of Archaeology
A native of Ethiopia, Dr. Kebede holds a Ph.D. in Cultural anthropology from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Social Anthropology and B.A. in Sociology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He joined Eastern Washington University (EWU) in 2015. Prior to coming to EWU he has taught at Addis Ababa University, and Syracuse University. He has also taught at Southwestern Oregon Community College. In his teaching Dr. Kebede employs techniques of active learning where he draws on his knowledge of global issues to enrich the teaching and learning processes. He designs classroom projects in which students would meet everyday people and bring those encounters to the classroom.
Dr. Kebede’s dissertation research project, which was supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, examines migration from Ethiopia to the United States in the context of the new African diasporas, focusing on political transnationalism and transnational philanthropy through nonprofit organizations. His analysis of how immigrant transnationality works in both directions contributes to the anthropology of migration by showing how transnationalism and integration are not contradictory. Currently, he is also working on publishing his thesis into a book.
He has also broad research experience in applied anthropology. He has conducted research on the land marketization and accompanied relocation of peasant communities in Ethiopia. He has worked with the Institute of Development Studies, the City of Addis Ababa, the World Bank, Oxfam, Save the Children, UK, the University of Sussex, and Bath University on a variety of research projects that traced rural livelihood vulnerabilities and outmigration, the connections between poverty and ill health, and interethnic conflict over natural resources.
His current research focuses on immigrant health particularly the effect of social capital on immigrant wellbeing.
Dr. Sarah Keller received her Ph.D. from Harvard University with a dissertation on subsistence adaptations to fluctuating climatic conditions on the northwestern Great Plains from 7000 to 1500 years ago. She has taught at EWU since 1966 when she first started the anthropology program. Her archaeological field work has taken her to Guatemala, Canada, France, and England with a joint summer undergraduate field opportunity for students in England. In the US she has worked in the Great Plains, Northwest, and the Southwest. For the last 20 years she has focused on physical and forensic anthropology and now works as a forensic consultant for various Inland Northwest law enforcement agencies. She is also Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research (IRB). Her eclectic research interests are in issues of research integrity and conduct, human subjects rights and a long term project on river flooding of the Yellow River (China), the Mississippi (U.S.) and other geologically analogous rivers. In 2009, she received the Trustees' Medal Award.
Courses: ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 345 Physical Anthropology; ANTH439 Human Evolution; ANTH439 Primates; ANTH439 Human Variation ANTH 460 Forensic Anthropology
Julia Smith received her MA (on interpreting household archaeology for the Classic Maya) and PhD (on small-scale coffee farmers in southern Costa Rica) from the University of Pittsburgh after receiving her bachelors degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt University. She’s done extensive fieldwork in Costa Rica and Mexico, with brief projects in Honduras and Nicaragua. Her recent work has focused on the restructuring of conventional and alternative coffee markets, especially the Fair Trade market. She’s particularly interested in how changing market opportunities and the social relations embedded within them affect the way that people think about coffee, about their relationship with consumers, and about the environment.
Courses: ANTH 401 Anthropological Research Methods; ANTH 357 Peoples of Latin America; ANTH 366; ANTH 366 Revolution and Development in the Third World; ANTH 455 Archaeology of Meso-America
Dr. Strange's academic trail has led him through Reed College, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State, and finally, the University of Pittsburgh. He is grateful to anthropology's tradition of fieldwork for having given him an excuse for playing out his childhood fantasies in the plow furrows, market places, tourist venues, and peasant villages of Mexico and Central America. In a restless and unresigned retirement, he reads fantastic tales to his grandchildren, and teaches courses that remind him how much he has to learn about social and cultural theory. When not pining to return to Mexico and Central America, he does community theatre, works with Thin Air Community Radio, and tries to alchemize his field notes into a dolorous and wistful poetry, feeling he is coming full circle to where he began.
Courses: ANTH 444 Development of Anthropological Theory
Dr. Michael L. Zukosky received his Ph.D. from Temple University with a dissertation on grassland policy and politics in China's Altai Mountains. He has general interests in philosophical anthropology and social theory as well as their application to economic development and conservation policy. He came to Eastern Washington University in 2006 and teaches courses in Asian studies, cultural and linguistic anthropology and the anthropology of science and technology. These interests intersect in the study of the ontological and semiotic aspects of science and technology in development policy throughout the Central Eurasian region including Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and China. He is currently finishing a book based on National Science Foundation-funded research about Przewalski horse reintroduction in northwest China and the pluralism of animals, knowledge, technologies, languages, values, and interests which constitute it.
Courses: ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 445 Linguistic Anthropology; ANTH 446 Sociolinguistics; ANTH 495 Anthropology of Science and Technology; ANTH 349 Major Civilizations of Asia
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