Executive Board

Jonathan Karpf

Board Chair (2019-2022), Local Arrangements Chair (2019-2022)

Jonathan Karpf was a Lecturer at San José State University from 1987 until he retired at the end of Fall’19. He is currently a Lecturer Emeritus. He is a biological anthropologist whose main interests are human genetics and evolution, alcoholism, the behavior, systematics, and ecology of primates, Mesoamerican prehistory, and social justice in Guatemala. He is also an activist in the California Faculty Association, the union representing the 28,000 faculty in the 23 campus California State University system.

San José State University
Department of Anthropology

Janet Reeves photo

Janet M. Page-Reeves

President (2019-2020)

Page-Reeves is an Associate Professor in the Office for Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1999. She joined the faculty at UNM in 2012.

Page-Reeves is a cultural anthropologist with training in political economy. She has a strong and unique background in theoretically grounded research and community-based applied work, and a conviction that her anthropological expertise translate into work with socially relevant impact. Her research is infused with an appreciation for the salience of using a political economic framework as a foundation for understanding complex social issues. She conducted her dissertation field work in Bolivia as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow.

Since 2006, she has worked primarily on a variety of health equity and health disparities issues in New Mexico. Her research, which often has a gendered focus on women, deals with diabetes, food justice and food insecurity, Native American success in STEM, GED and educational outcomes, social determinants of health, community health workers, community and patient engagement in research, and epistemological issues that arise in conducting health research using an anthropological lens.

She is a member of the national Scholars Strategy Network. She was appointed (2014) and reappointed (2016) as a member of the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2014, she edited a well-received book on women and food insecurity, and she is currently working on an edited collection on culture and wellness.

University of New Mexico
Department of Family and Community Medicine

Jayne Howell

Vice President (2019-2020)

Jayne Howell received her Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Latin American Studies Program at California State University Long Beach, where she is a dedicated teacher and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. She has conducted ethnographic research regarding rural schooling and employment opportunities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca for the past quarter century. Her most recent focus is the everyday personal professional experiences of teachers. She is former President of Society for Urban, National, Transnational and Global Anthropology (SUNTA) of the American Anthropological Association.

California State University, Long Beach
Department of Anthropology

Jannie Pederson

Janni Pedersen

Secretary & Registration Chair (2017–2020)

Dr. Janni Pedersen is associate professor and program chair, Anthropology, Ashford University. Previously, she taught at Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College. A native of Denmark, Dr. Pedersen earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Aarhus before turning to Anthropology at Iowa State University, where she earned her doctorate.

Her research includes work with language-competent bonobos with a focus on language evolution and language-thought interaction, and studies of human-ape interactions involving the apes residing at the San Diego Zoo. She has also conducted ethnographic field work on the Corpus Christi celebration in Parita, Panama, accounts of which can be read here.

Ashford University
Department of Anthropology

Barbra Erikson

Barbra E. Erickson

Newsletter Editor (2017–2020)

Barbra Erickson is a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. Her research and teaching interests include medical anthropology, gerontology, the anthropology of organizations, and economic anthropology.

California State University, Fullerton
Department of Anthropology

Andre Yefremian

Andre Yefremian

Treasurer (2017-2020)

Andre Yefremian is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Glendale Community College located in southern California. His areas of interest and research include national and ethnic identity construction, medical anthropology, sustainability and globalization. Professor Yefremian’s primary geographic focus is on the European Union, but more narrowly, Germany.

Glendale Community College
Department of Anthropology

Eric Cannin

Eric Canin

Member-at-Large and Membership Chair (2017-2020)

I received a B.A. in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1993. I study religious movements and their views of the future, apocalypses large and small, utopias and dystopias, the cultural construction of time, and how myths transform and remain relevant through the use of media technologies. I have a preference for both/and over either/or, such as in the question of structure and agency. My doctoral thesis was a study of progressive Catholics in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution, and my latest study involved the shared creation of the Maya ‘end of the world’ phenomena in 2012 by anthropologists, new agers, and Maya in southern Mexico. I am currently concerned with the rise of ‘alt-right’ neo-fascism on college campuses. I have been a member of SWAA since 1999, joined the SWAA board in 2010, and served as SWAA President during 2013-2014.

California State University, Fullerton

Michael Eissinger

Michael Eissinger

Member-at-Large (2018-2021)

Prior to completing his Ph.D. in World Cultures at the University of California, Merced in 2017, Michael Eissinger already had two completely unrelated careers – more than twenty years as a professional broadcaster (13 years commercial radio, 8-9 years internet radio) and two decades working in the computer industry. Returning to school, at 48, he completed two BA’s (History and Anthropology), an MA in History. For several years, his research has focused on topics of identity, community, social memory, race, ethnicity, and class and is centered on a historical and ethnographic study of almost two dozen rural California settlements that historically had all or majority African American populations between the 1880s and the present. In addition to carrying a full load of face-to-face and online classes in the Anthropology Department at Fresno State, he is also a History lecturer for Fresno City College. Since completing his MA, several years ago, he has taught a wide array of Anthropology, History, and Ethnic Studies classes at several community colleges, as well as at UC Merced. He has presented papers at the AAA annual meeting in San Francisco, SWAA conferences in Sacramento, Chico, San Jose, and Orange County, and various conferences around the country. Blending his academic and broadcasting careers, he now hosts a weekly show called “The Struggle” on Fresno’s Pacifica Affiliate, KFCF, 88.1.

California State University, Fresno
Department of Anthropology

Young Hoon Oh

Young Hoon Oh

Member-at-Large (2019-2022)

Young Hoon Oh received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside, where he has been teaching anthropology and comparative religion as an adjunct lecturer. He has conducted ethnographic research on Himalayan mountaineering, especially with Sherpa guides and Korean climbers. Recently he has also studied Evangelicalism of Korean Christians in Southern California. He received his B.A. in Anthropology, B.S. in Applied Biology, and M.A. in Anthropology from Seoul National University.

University of California, Riverside
Department of Anthropology

Suzanne Scheld

Member at Large (2019-2024)

Bio forthcoming

Lawrence Ramirez

Lawrence Ramirez

Student Member at Large (2019-2021)

Lawrence Ramirez is a doctoral student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses around the social significance of public memory spaces, such as museums, gardens, and public monuments, in how such sites transmit ideological narratives. He has recently conducted ethnographic research regarding Japanese gardens in southern California and the various ways in which such gardens are experienced by visitors from different social standpoints. Lawrence Ramirez has an MA in Anthropology from UC Riverside and a BA in Anthropology and Art History from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

University of California, Riverside