Professors


Stephen Acabado

Associate Professor

Historical ecology, landscape archaeology, agricultural systems, settlement patterns, emergent complexity, indigenous peoples; Southeast Asia, Philippines, Guam, Micronesia

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: acabado@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 370 Haines
Phone: 310-825-9359

Salih Can Açiksöz

Assistant Professor

War and political violence; gender and masculinity; embodiment and disability; affect and trauma; humanitarianism; nationalism; authoritarianism; reproductive technologies; Turkey; the Middle East

Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: aciksoz@ucla.edu
Office: Haines 305

H. Samy Alim

Professor and David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Division of Social Sciences

Language, power, and identities; language and race, racism and (trans)racialization (raciolinguistics); the language and verbal art of Hip Hop Culture, locally and globally; Muslim youth cultures; language, culture, and education; culturally sustaining pedagogies; Black Language; U.S., Spain, South Africa.

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: halim@ucla.edu
Office: 384 Haines

Hannah Appel

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Institute on Inequality + Democracy

The anthropology of transnational capitalism and finance; finance, debt and debtors’ unions; Africa in global capitalism; the economic imagination; anti-capitalist and abolitionist social movements

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: happel@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 318C Haines
Phone: 310-267-4253

Andrew Apter

Professor

West Africa (Yoruba, Nigeria), African Diaspora (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba), history of anthropology, social theory

Subfield: African History and World History

Contact Information

Email: aapter@history.ucla.edu
Office: 6265 Bunche
Phone: 310-794-9547

Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology, cognitive development, hunter-gatherer ecology; South America

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: barrett@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 376 Haines
Phone: 310-267-4260

Abigail Bigham

Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Human population genetics; molecular evolution; evidence of natural selection in the human genome; HIV, genotype-phenotype associations; convergent evolution; high altitude adaptation

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: awbigham@ucla.edu
Office: 391 Haines

Aomar Boum

Professor

Ethnic and religious minorities; Islam; anthropology of religion, history, youth, and festival; Holocaust; sociology of Morocco; historiography; Morocco; North Africa; sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: aboum@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 311 Haines
Phone: 310-825-9516

Philippe Bourgois

Professor-in-Residence

Social inequality, violence, substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, ethnic segregation/conflict, HIV, urban anthropology, US inner-city, Central America and the Caribbean

Contact Information

Email: pbourgois@gmail.com
Office: B7-435 Semel

Paleoanthropology, simulation modeling, carnivore ecology, hunter-gatherers, stone technology, evolutionary theory; China; Mongolia; Tibet

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: branting@ucla.edu
Office: 368 Haines
Phone: 310-267-4251

Elizabeth Bromley

Associate Professor-in-Residence

Patient-centeredness, recovery, and shared decision-making in clinic settings; research ethics; mental health stigma; physician wellness

Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ebromley@mednet.ucla.edu
Phone: 310-794-3734

Erica Cartmill

Associate Professor

Evolution of language; gesture; primate communication; human language development; parent-child interaction; language and thought; comparative cognition; great apes

Subfield: Biological Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: cartmill@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 396 Haines
Phone: 310-825-5679

Sociocultural anthropology, citizenship and sovereignty, indigeneity and settler colonialism, economy and value, gender, environment, American public culture, Indian gaming; United States, Native North America

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jesscatt@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 397 Haines
Phone: 310-825-4400

Jason De León

Professor

Violence; materiality; Latino migration; forensic science; archaeology of the contemporary; photoethnography

Subfield: Archaeology and Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jdeleon@ucla.edu
Office: 364 Haines
Phone: 310-825-5584

Erin Debenport

Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Graduate Studies

Technologies of language circulation; secrecy; indigeneity; semiotics; critical language documentation; language ideologies; Kiowa-Tanoan languages.

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: erindebenport@ucla.edu
Office: Haines 318B

Alessandro Duranti

Distinguished Professor

Linguistic anthropology, ethnopragmatics, phenomenological and anthropological theories of intentionality and human agency, political discourse, literacy activities, improvisation in language and music; jazz aesthetics; history of US anthropology; Samoa, U.S., Italy

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: aduranti@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 349 Haines
Phone: 310-825-2055

Daniel M.T. Fessler

Professor & Director, UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute

Evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology; emotions, cooperation, aggression, social control, risk taking, ingestive and reproductive behaviors, morality, cultural evolution; Indonesia

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: dfessler@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 390 Haines
Phone: 310-794-9252

Alan Page Fiske

Distinguished Professor

Psychological anthropology, social theory, social relationships, social/moral emotions, methodology; Africa

Subfield: Psychological and Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: afiske@ucla.edu
Office: 308 Haines
Phone: 310-206-7719

Molly Fox

Assistant Professor

Biological anthropology; female reproductive life-history; evolutionary medicine; depression; dementia; longevity; endocrinology; fetal programming; metabolism; acculturation; Hispanic Americans; minority health disparities

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mollyfox@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: Haines 381

Linda Garro

Professor

Health care decision making; health and illness in everyday life contexts; cultural models; narrative and illness; remembering

Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: lgarro@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 316A Haines
Phone: 310-206-6249

Akhil Gupta

Professor

Ethnography of information technology, the state and development, anthropology of food, environmental anthropology, space and place, history of anthropology, applied anthropology; India and South Asia

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: akgupta@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 324A Haines
Phone: 310-794-7969

Civil war, violence, segregation, borders; urban anthropology; space, architecture, art, material and visual culture; medical and psychoanalytic anthropology; ethnicity and religion; kinship, gender and social theory; Greece, circum-Mediterranean area, inner-city US

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: lkainhart@ucla.edu
Office: 307 Haines
Phone: 310-206-3652

Ethnopsychology and psychoanalysis; psychiatric and medical anthropology; person-centered ethnography; Indonesia, Oceania.

Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: dhollan@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 316B Haines
Phone: 310-825-3366

Ippolytos Kalofonos

Assistant Professor-in-Residence

Meaning in psychosis; institutions and care; homelessness; Veteran health; political economy of health; critical global health; social psychiatry; HIV/AIDS; Africa

Subfield: Psychiatry, Biobehavioral Science, and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ikalofonos@mednet.ucla.edu
Office: B7-435 Semel Institute
Phone: 310-794-5809

Science and technology studies, specifically internet culture and history; intellectual property; the public sphere; free and open source software; public domains; commons; authorship and ownership; the history and philosophy of science and technology in the US, Europe and India

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ckelty@socgen.ucla.edu
Office: 3318 Life Sciences Bldg (LSB)
Phone: 310-267-4775

Language and culture; language contact, identity, and ideologies; anthropology and verbal art; ethnography of communication; American Indian Languages (especially the Kiowa-Tanoan and Uto-Aztecan families); the Pueblo Southwest, Central California

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: paulvk@ucla.edu
Office: 329A Haines
Phone: 310-825-6237

Richard Lesure

Professor, Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett Endowed Chair in Mesoamerican Archaeology

Archaeology of early village societies; sociopolitical dynamics and the origin of social inequality; Mesoamerica

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: lesure@ucla.edu
Office: 324B Haines
Phone: 310-825-4614

Nancy E. Levine

Professor

Family and marriage; multi-species anthropology; pastoralism, sedenterization, and resettlement; political economy, development, and social change, gender; Himalayas, Tibet and Central Asia

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nelevine@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 395 Haines
Phone: 310-825-2134

Jessica Lynch-Alfaro

Associate Professor

Evolution of diversity in socially learned behaviors, mating strategies and social structuring in Neotropical primates; capuchin monkeys

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jlynchalfaro@ucla.edu
Office: 1323 Rolfe
Phone: 310-206-1889

Digital media studies, Big Data, IT, algorithms in social life; “Virtual” Anthropology; Theories of Affect; Film and Television Studies; Feminist Anthropology and Ethnography; Postcolonial and Women of Color feminism; Queer of Color Critique. South Asian America, South Asia

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mankekar@ucla.edu
Office: 374 Haines

Joseph Manson

Professor

Primate social behavior; human ethology and evolutionary psychology; personality; psychopathy; life history

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jmanson@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 389 Haines
Phone: 310-267-4337

Sociophonetics; language and Identity; multimedia ethnography; experimental writing; visual anthropology

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nmd@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 382 Haines
Phone: 310-825-3274

Li Min

Associate Professor

Social archaeology and cultural history of continental East Asia focusing on emergence early civilizations in Neolithic and Bronze Age China. Historical anthropology, material culture, and conceptions of the past in early modern China. Landscape archaeology, integrating systematic survey, analysis of archaeological ceramics, remote sensing imagery, traditional studies of stone inscriptions and numismatics

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: limin@humnet.ucla.edu
Office: 304 Haines
Phone: 310-267-4588

Urban anthropology; Inequality (e.g., race, class, and gender); identity; migration/diaspora; transnational and global processes; social change and social movement; critical and multicultural theory; Korean/Asian American Community; Korean/Asian Diaspora; Koreans/Asians in Latin America

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: kpark@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 383 Haines
Phone: 310-206-3363

Susan Perry

Professor

Primate social relationships, primate social cognition, communication; capuchins, macaques

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sperry@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 330B Haines
Phone: 310-267-4338

Jemima Pierre

Associate Professor

Race/racial formation; race and political economy; cultural politics of decolonization in Africa; history and theory of anthropology; African diaspora studies and theory

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: pierrej@ucla.edu
Office: 7246 Bunche
Phone: 310-825-0029

Brooke Scelza

Professor

Human behavioral ecology, life history theory, reproductive ecology, maternal and child health; Australia, Namibia.

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: bscelza@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 396 Haines
Phone: 310-825-1437

Gregson Schachner

Associate Professor

North American archaeology, population movement, origins of villages and leadership in agricultural societies, settlement systems and analysis, ceramic analysis, social context of archaeological practice; American Southwest

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: gschachner@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 302 Haines
Phone: 310-825-5302

David Shorter

Professor

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: shorter@ucla.edu
Office: Kaufman 130F
Phone: 310-206-6699

Susan Slyomovics

Distinguished Professor

Gender; human rights; folklore and material culture; visual anthropology; Middle East and North Africa

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ssly@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 312 Haines
Phone: 310-206-3702

Monica L. Smith

Professor, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies

Urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, anthropology of food, comparative historical archaeology; South Asia, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S.

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: smith@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 329B Haines
Phone: 310-794-9179

Shannon Speed

Professor

Legal anthropology; indigenous rights; human rights; indigenous migration; gender; neoliberalism, race and ethnicity; sovereignty/autonomy; activist research methodologies

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sspeed@aisc.ucla.edu
Office: 3220A Campbell Hall
Phone: (310) 825-7315

C. Jason Throop

Professor & Department Chair

Psychological and medical anthropology, phenomenology, sensorial anthropology, theories of experience in anthropology, self and subjective experience, empathy, pain, emotion/mood, morality, temporality, anthropology of the will, Yap (Federated States of Micronesia)

Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jthroop@ucla.edu
Office: 388 Haines
Phone: 310-794-2190

Brian Wood

Assistant Professor

Hunter-gatherers; human behavioral ecology; evolutionary demography; foraging theory; movement ecology; social organization

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: brianwood@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 384 Haines
Phone: 310-794-7157

Social change and development, family and kinship, cultural globalization, morality, the individual and individualization

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: yan@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 366 Haines
Phone: 310-267-4336

Research Professors


Carole Browner

Research Professor

Gender, reproduction, healthocial impact of decoding the human genome, reproductive politics; Latin America, urban U.S.

Subfield: Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: browner@ucla.edu
Office: 760 Westwood Plaza, Box 62
Phone: 310-794-6299

Marjorie Harness Goodwin

Distinguished Research Professor

Ethnography of communication; embodied human interaction; conversation analysis; language and gender; family interaction; workplace ethnography; children's social organization

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mgoodwin@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 309 Haines

Sondra Hale

Research Professor

Gender; political economy; social movements; postcolonial and cultural studies; nationalism and colonialism; diaspora; aesthetics; Islam/Islamism; Middle East and Africa (mainly Sudan and Eritrea)

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sonhale@ucla.edu
Office: 309 Haines

Elinor Ochs

Distinguished Research Professor

Discourse structures, grammar in context, language and affect, spoken and written language. Language acquisition and language socialization (development/ transmission of sociocultural knowledge through language, socialization of cognitive skills through language). Cross-cultural communication. Madagascar, Samoa, U.S., Italy

Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: eochs@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 318A Haines
Phone: 310-825-0984

Sherry B. Ortner

Distinguished Research Professor

Critical cultural and social theory, including feminist theory; late capitalism in the US and globally; contemporary American culture in the wider world; theory and ethnography of media; Hollywood and the indie film scene

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sortner@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 387 Haines
Phone: 310-825-5447

Sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, political economy, gender studies; colonialism and nationalism; Japan and East Asia; Mexico and Spain (Catalonia)

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mtamanoi@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 325 Haines
Phone: 310-206-8399

Russell Thornton

Distinguished Research Professor & Professor Emeritus

American Indian historical demography, American Indian revitalization movements, American Indian winter counts, contemporary American Indian issues

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: rthornto@ucla.edu
Office: 306 Haines
Phone: 310-825-7080


Adjunct Professors


M. Kamari Clarke

Adjunct Professor

Culture and power; legal anthropology; affect theory; transnationalism; globalization and diaspora theory; social and cultural theory; the anthropology of africa; race and globalization; controversies and dilemmas in social movements; critical approaches to international law and treaty-making practices; religious nationalism; the anthropology of expertise; the anthropology of geospatial technologies. Regions: Nigeria-West Africa; Oyotunji African Village; the USA; International Criminal Courts/Tribunals-The Hague, African Union-Addis Ababa; the African Court of Justice and Peoples' Rights

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: kamariclarke@ucla.edu

Tamar Kremer-Sadlik

Associate Adjunct Professor

Language and identity; language socialization; parenting and family life; Institutional ideologies and everyday practices; morality; food and health; U.S., Italy, France

Contact Information

Email: tksadlik@ucla.edu
Office: Haines A75A
Phone: 310-267-4261

Robert Lemelson

Adjunct Professor

Transcultural psychiatry, ethnographic film, Indonesia (Bali, Java), mental illness, traditional healing, trauma and social violence, neuroanthropology

Subfield: Psychological and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: lemelson@ucla.edu
Office: 387 Haines Hall
Phone: 310-454-5904

Thomas Wake

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Archaeological and zooarchaeological research along the eastern Pacific Rim; food and ethnicity; development of social complexity; Caribbean Panama; neotropical archaeology; historical archaeology; natural history; human paleoecology; paleoenvironmental reconstruction; comparative osteology

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: twake@ucla.edu
Office: A357 Fowler
Phone: 310-206-1782


Professors Emeritus


Jeanne E. Arnold

Professor Emerita

Archaeological theory, complex hunter-gatherers, craft specialization, political evolution, exchange systems, modern material culture, ethnoarchaeology, prehistory and early contact; California and British Columbia

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: jearnold@ucla.edu
Office: 309 Haines

Nicholas Blurton-Jones

Professor Emeritus

Human ethology and ecology; evolutionary theory and cross-cultural patterns of mother-infant interaction

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nickbj@ucla.edu

Robert Boyd

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Mathematical models of cultural evolution, evolutionary theory

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: rboyd@anthro.ucla.edu
Phone: 310-909-3156

Karen Brodkin

Professor Emerita

Social movements, gender, work and kinship, political economy, theory, migration, race and contemporary North American cultures.

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: kbrodkin@anthro.ucla.edu

Christopher Donnan

Professor Emeritus

South American archaeology, iconography, ancient technology

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: cdonnan@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: A332 Fowler
Phone: 310-825-1991

Allen Johnson

Professor Emeritus

Cultural and political ecology, research design, psychological anthropology; native South America, Latin American communities

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ajohnson@ucla.edu
Phone: 310-825-1437

Gail Kennedy

Professor Emerita

Human evolution, bioarchaeology, evolutionary theory, anthropological forensics, paleopathology; Africa.

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: kennedy@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 348 Haines
Phone: 310-825-4860

Claudia Mitchell-Kernan

Professor Emerita

Urban anthropology, sociolinguistics, Afro-American culture; Caribbean

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: cmkernan@ucla.edu
Office: 2134B Rolfe
Phone: 310-825-2918

Philip Newman

Professor Emeritus

Culture theory, comparative religion, aesthetic systems; Oceania.

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: plnewman640@gmail.com

Wendell Oswalt

Professor Emeritus

Ethnology, technology; North America, Alaska.

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Merrick Posnansky

Professor Emeritus

The archaeology of state formation and urban growth in Ghana and Togo; archaeology of the African Diaspora; cultural conservation and archaeological education in tropical Africa; postage stamps and national cultural policy

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: merrick@history.ucla.edu
Office: 6265 Bunche
Phone: 310-206-7104

Dwight Read

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Mathematical anthropology, structural logic of kinship terminologies, theory of social organization, cultural evolution, archaeological classification

Subfield: Archaeology, Biological and Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: dread@anthro.ucla.edu
Phone: 310-825-3988

Joan Silk

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Biological anthropology, primate behavior, evolutionary biology.

Subfield: Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jsilk@anthro.ucla.edu

Charles Stanish

Professor Emeritus

Andean anthropology, settlement archaeology, and the evolution of social complexity

Subfield: Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: stanish@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: Haines 309

Thomas S. Weisner

Professor Emeritus in Residence

Culture, human development and the family; children & families at risk; integration of qualitative & quantitative methods; evidence-informed policy; Africa, United States

Subfield: Psychocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: tweisner@ucla.edu
Office: C8-678 Semel
Phone: 310-794-3632

Johannes Wilbert

Professor Emeritus

Ethnology, cognitive anthropology; South America

Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jwilbert@ucla.edu