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Administrative Support

Jenn Palmer 

  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Location: RO 220
  • Office Hours: Wednesday - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Location: MI 4028
  • Ph: 510.885.3193
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Museum Support

Marjorie Rhodes-Ousley – Museum of Anthropology


Regular Faculty


Karina Garbesi Professor & Director, Environmental Studies Program

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley (Energy and Resources Group)

Interests: renewable energy, sustainability, environmental and social justice, science and policy

Courses: Energy & Society, Environmental Resource Analysis, Solar Design, Sustainability and Social Justice



Henry Gilbert – Associate Professor (On Leave of Absence AY 2019-20)

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley (Integrative Biology)

Interests: human evolution, human fossil record, forensic osteology

Courses: Intro Biological Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology of Humans, Bioarchaeology Laboratory



Albert Gonzalez – Assistant Professor & Director, C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (Anthropology)

Interests: historical archaeology, archaeology of the contemporary world, material culture, Latin America

Courses:  Intro Archaeology, Intro Biological Anthropology, Advanced Anthropological Theory, Field Archaeology



David Larson Professor and Chair & NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley (Geography)

Interests: historical geography, environmental history, environmental impacts, water, American West

Courses: Literature & Research Methods, Environmental Projects, Historical Geography of North America



Michael Lee Professor & Academic Senate Chair AY 2019-20

Ph.D., London School of Economics (Geography)

Interests: sustainability, water resources, natural resources management, Latin America

Courses: Sustainable Food Systems, Water and Watershed Resources, Sustainable Communities & Development



Gary Li Professor (On Half-Time Research Leave AY 2019-20)

Ph.D. SUNY, Buffalo (Geography)

Interests: GIS, hydrology and hydraulics, physical geography, soils

Courses: Fundamentals of GIS, Applications of GIS, Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century



Andrew Wong – Professor & Director, International Studies Program

Ph.D. Stanford (Anthropology)

Interests: sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language ideology, language and sexuality, China

Courses: Language and Culture, Anthropology of Global Change, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice, China



David Woo Associate Professor & Advisor, Certificate in Cartography and G.I.S.

Ph.D., U.C. Santa Barbara (Geography)

Interests: cartography, remote sensing, aerial photography, Asian American demography, China

Courses: Computer Cartography, Air-Photo Interpretation, Remote Sensing of the Environment, China





Alan Almquist (Professor Emeritus)

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley (Anthropology)

Interests: human evolution, the human fossil record, primate social behavior

Courses: Evolutionary Biology of Humans, Human Fossil Record, Primate Behavioral Ecology, Human Sexuality


Daniel Cusimano

M.A. Cal State East Bay (Anthropology)

Interests: biological anthropology, paleontology, the human and animal fossil record

Course: Introduction to Biological Anthropology


Elena Givental

Ph.D., U.C. Davis (Geography)

Interests: physical geography, climate change, water resources, economic geography Asia

Courses: Climate Change, Water and Watershed Resources, California, World Regions and Development


Brian Gleeson

M.A., San Francisco State University (Anthropology)

Interests: cultural anthropology, California and North American Indians, indigenous peoples, ethnohistory

Course: Indians of California


Lisa Handwerker

Ph.D., U.C. San Francisco (Medical Anthropology)

Interests: cross-cultural health, gender, medical reproductive technologies, ethics, modern China

Courses: Medical Anthropology, Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Anthropology of Global Change


David Matsuda

Ph.D., Union University (Anthropology)

Interests: cultural anthropology, ethnography, medical anthropology, Middle East

Courses: Introduction to Anthropology, Intro Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology in Action


Kerry Rohrmeier

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno (Geography)

Interests: Geographic Information Systems, planning, cultural geography, natural resources

Courses: Fundamentals of GIS, Applications of GIS, Human Geography: Diversity and Globalization


Elizabeth Sibilia

Ph.D., City University of New York (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Interests: TBD

Course: Environmental Challenges



 Ellen Woodard

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley (Wildland Resource Science)

Interests: natural resource management, field methods, biogeography, wildlife conservation strategies

Courses: Applied Field Studies, Environmental Impact Analysis, Energy & Society, U.S. & Canada, California


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