Listee Features — Anthropology

Lillian Ackerman


Focusing her practice on plateau Indian culture, Dr. Lillian Ackerman was raised in an Armenian community and was always interested in how Americans lived. Having friends already involved in the field, she switched to anthropology after reading books that explained questions she had about the differences between the two cultures. Dr. Ackerman has served Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, as a researcher in anthropology since 1982 and adjunct professor since 2001, previously serving as an instructor in anthropology from 1963 to 1965. She began her professional career as a Russian translator at the Arctic Institute of North America in Toronto in 1960, remaining in this position for two years. She later taught anthropology at Wenatchee Valley College in Nespelem,

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Growing up on a farm, Reynotta Jahnke Hoberecht, EdD, recalls finding flint in the soil on a rainy day at three or four years old, which she later found out the Native Americans used for tools such as arrows. From then on, her curiosity and interest in anthropology began. She most recently served as an administrative assistant within Travis Unified Schools in California from 1995 to 2003. Prior to this role, Dr. Hoberecht began her career teaching within the district in 1971, remaining in this position for 28 years. She taught eighth grade English and remedial reading at Golden West Middle School for eight years, and then remedial reading at Golden West High School from 1995 on when the war

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Looking to gain a better understanding of the world and its people, Valene Lucy Smith has dedicated her life to anthropology, geography, and tourism. She has loved traveling since childhood, and has been to almost every country in the world. These experiences taught her that there is more to her field than people understand and led her to teaching travel geography and tourism. This is also what separates Dr. Smith from her peers; while many other anthropologists are caught up in human behavior, she looks at human behavior as a response to different environments, land areas, and uses. Over the years, she has published her findings in books like “Hosts and Guests Revisited” and “Tourism Alternatives: Potentials and Problems in

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Hoping to help people learn more about history and the world around them, Pamela Ann De Voe has dedicated herself to writing books. She loves being able to use her background in anthropology and Asian studies in her creative endeavors, like her young adult “Ming Dynasty Trilogy” and “Mei-hua Adventure Trilogy.” Most recently, in 2018, Dr. De Voe released “Deadly Relations: A Ming Dynasty,” a murder mystery set in ancient China. She believes historical fiction presents the unique opportunity to allow others to see the past through storytelling in a fun and inventive way. ​ Dr. De Voe ensures she keeps up with developments in her field by affiliating with a variety of organizations and institutions. She holds a spot

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Armed with a reputation for excellence in anthropology, research, and education, Heather Smith is excelling in numerous academic roles. In addition to being an established visiting researcher at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change within Arizona State University since 2015, she recently added two new positions to her repertoire: director of anatomical laboratories and associate professor in the anatomy department at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Her responsibilities include running a body donation program, through which people can donate their bodies to education, and researching both the relationship between cranial morphology and phylogeny in primates and the evolution of the cecal appendix in mammals. ​ Prior to her current work, Dr. Smith served as

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As the daughter of the world-renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead and the linguist, social scientist, and anthropologist Gregory Bateson, it’s no wonder that Mary Bateson has spent her career as a cultural anthropologist and American writer. Inspired by her parents’ work, Dr. Bateson set off to follow in their footsteps, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College in 1960 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1963. Since 2002, Dr. Bateson has held the distinguished title of professor emerita at George Mason University, where previously she had been a professor of anthropology and English. Dr. Bateson has also held the positions of dean of faculty and professor of anthropology at Amherst College, and associate professor of anthropology at Northeastern University.

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The moment Charlotte McGowan stepped into her anthropology courses at San Diego State University, she knew she was hooked. After earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts with honors in 1967 and 1969, respectively, she pursued her passion in the field as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan in 1996 and in Peru in 1982. ​ During her distinguished career, Ms. McGowan held the positions of teaching assistant and director of the physical anthropology laboratory at San Diego State University, where she was a professor of anthropology from 1967 to 1969. She also served as professor of anthropology at San Diego Evening College from 1969 to 1971, at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., from 1971 to 1999,

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