Ameeta Singh Tiwana
Department ChairPh.D, Southern Illinois University
M.A., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University
M.S., Anthropology, Delhi University
B.Sc., Zoology (Hons), Delhi University
Has taught at De Anza college since 1991 courses in Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and World Prehistory.
F21G Social Science Division
1994 Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
My main research interest is the study of ape and human evolution. My primary focus is to document origins of the ape lineage, the evolutionary roots of the human lineage, and the adaptive emergence of human bipedalism, in the fossil record of the Miocene, approximately 25 to 5 million years, in Africa. My paleontological field research is at sites in the Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana basins in Kenya.
Adjunct Faculty (Alphabetized by Last Name)
With degrees in Anthropology and Education, my emphasis includes Instructional Technology and Cross-Cultural Language and Development. Over the years I’ve taught classes in: Anthropology, Humanities, American Indian Studies, and Intercultural Studies. My anthropology focus includes work in cultural and archaeological contexts, NAGPRA legislation, cultural conservancy, prehistoric art, osteological labwork, and faunal analysis. I divide my time between academic interests and professional research. In recent years I've been involved in two research studies: an ongoing survey of 19th century mines in the western U.S. and a focus on oral tradition and kinship structures in multi-generational Pacific Northwest families.
Ph.D, Rice University 1975
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
Arianne Ishaya was born in Urmia, Iran. This town houses ancient Christian churches dating back to 3rd. Century A.D. As a child she accompanied her parents to these sites without being aware of their historical significance. Soon she left the town never to return. She pursued her higher education first at the American University of Beirut where she double majored in Sociology and Education. After completing her master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where she wrote her thesis on the history of the first Assyrian colony in Canada, she entered the PhD program in anthropology at UCLA. In her dissertation she decided to follow the history of the immigration of Assyrians from Canada to California, in the Modesto-Turlock area. Presently she lives in San Jose and teaches anthropology at De Anza Community College. Arianne has two publications: New Lamps for Old, Familiar Faces in Unfamiliar places. Both were published in 2010, and are based on her community studies in Canada and USA respectively.
Ph.D. from University of New Mexico 2002
Interests: American Southwestern archaeology - Ancestral Pueblo Indian rock art as mnemonic devices,
B.A. (Anthropology) University of California, Berkeley
Currently Ph.D. candidated at The Ohio State University foucssing on
Research Interests: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, dental anthropology,
Areas of archaeological and bioarchaeological fieldwork: California, Spain, Israel, Turkey
PhD Anthropology, Princeton University, 2015
Areas of Focus: Political and Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Anthropology of Work, Nationalism and Internationalism, Post-Soviet Borders
As a cultural anthropologist, my goal in teaching is to equip students with tools to understand and navigate the diverse values and assumptions that structure our social worlds. My research is based in Mongolia, on the integration of rural pastoral, industrial, and STEM work through national and international identities and relationships. Since completing my PhD, I have also started working with archaeologists from Australia, Europe, and Mongolia as well as the United States, asking how we might more explicitly integrate and differentiate our methodologies to meet our common goals of understanding humanity
I completed my PhD in cultural anthropology in 2013 at the University of California – Santa Cruz. My dissertation research examined how social and ecological relations between humans, nonhuman animals, and the shared landscape inflect upon how humans exercise power over one another and other living things. Specifically, I studied the exchange of food, affection, and violence between people and rhesus macaques in urban and temple settings in two Indian cities, Delhi and Shimla. I paid attention to how both the social construct of the “sacred monkey” and people's experiences of living with actual monkeys impelled and complicated wildlife authorities' attempts to manage human-monkey relations.
PhD Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz 2013
Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology, De Anza College, Fall 2013-present
Ph.D. Anthropology, UC Berkeley
I became an anthropologist after taking a breadth requirement in college that happened to be taught by an anthropology instructor. I discovered that anthropology is a discipline that helps us to think critically about our lives and the world around us. I loved this perspective, and I quickly changed my major to anthropology! After completing a B.A. in anthropology at New York University, I then completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology at UC Berkeley. Today, I love sharing anthropological insights with students, and I am committed to helping every student succeed in my anthropology courses. My original interest in anthropology focused on archaeology, and I have conducted archaeological field research across the United States. My more recent interests have focused on biological anthropology and teaching methods in anthropology classrooms. I have been teaching anthropology in community colleges in the San Francisco Bay area for almost 10 years, and I continue to research effective teaching techniques in anthropology instruction. If you are curious about what it means to be a human and how we fit into a broader biological and cultural world, come take anthropology courses!
Kyejung R. Yang
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interest: Religion and Ethnicity in Latin America, Religion and Resistance, Asian American Women and Religion, Symbolic Anthropology and Discourse Analysis, Medical Anthropology and Illness Narrative.
Tisa Abshire Walker
B.A., M.A., Anthropology, Stanford University|
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University
Diploma, Philosophy of English Education, University of London, England
Associateship Award, Comparative Study of Women's education: University of London, England.
Experience: Adjunct assistant professor, cultural anthropology, Oklahoma University.
Head of Cultural Studies Department, Folklore center, Doha, Qatar.
Adjunct professor, Cogswell College since 1988, teach cultural anthropology, sociology, society and culture, world cultures.
Ph.D University of Pittsburg
De Anza college: 1970-present
Anthropology Field Research:
Regions of the world Taught and Lived in:
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Contact: Ameeta Tiwana