Executive Board

    Jonathan Karpf

    Board Chair & Local Arrangements Chair (2016–2019)

    Jonathan Karpf has been a Lecturer at San José State University since 1987. 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 24,000 faculty, librarians, counselors and coaches in the 23 campus California State University system.

    San José State University
    Department of Anthropology

        Henry D. Delcore

        President (2017–2018)

        Dr. Henry D. Delcore is a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno. His research experiences include rural development and environmental change in Thailand and social and cultural conditions among Southeast Asians in Fresno. He is also involved in design and user experience research both on and off campus, using anthropological methods to generate ideas for designing better products and services. Dr. Delcore has a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in Foreign Service, Asian Studies from Georgetown University.

        California State University, Fresno
        Department of Anthropology

          Sarah G. Grant

          Vice President (2017–2018)

          Sarah G. Grant is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Her ongoing multi-sited ethnographic research investigates the cultural and economic politics of Vietnam’s rapidly growing commodity coffee industry. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores this industry as a space for local Vietnamese farmers, traders, government officials, multi-national corporations, and international organizations to navigate market-oriented socialism and the complexities of contemporary Vietnam. She is also developing a parallel project that explores the nascent specialty coffee scene in the context of “DIY” cafe culture, branding, and social media in south-central Vietnam and the Vietnamese-American diaspora.

          Dr. Grant received her B.A. in History and Political Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She comes to the California State University system from her tenure as a LUCE-ASIANetwork Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Hendrix College. At CSUF she is deeply committed to incorporating social justice oriented materials in her courses and introducing all students to the possibilities Anthropology holds beyond the classroom. In addition to leading a forthcoming study abroad program to Dalat, Vietnam she is active in organizing a speaker series on campus and diversity initiatives for students and faculty alike.

          California State University, Fullerton
          Department of Anthropology

              A.J. Faas

              Past-President (2017–2018)

              A.J. Faas (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is assistant professor of anthropology at San José State University. Prior to this, A.J. was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and research project manager with the Fire Chasers Improving Community Response to Wildfire Project at North Carolina State University. A.J.’s research focuses on practices of reciprocity and cooperation in contexts of environmental crisis—disasters, displacement and resettlement, development, and violent conflict. He is a founding member of the Risk and Disasters Topical Interest Group at the Society for Applied Anthropology and it’s co-chair for 2014 and 2015. His work has appeared in Human Nature, Economic Anthropology, Mountain Research and Development, Development in PracticeHuman Organization, and several edited volumes.

              San José State University
              Department of Anthropology

                  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

                      Janni Pedersen

                      Secretary & Registration Chair (2017–2020)

                      Dr. Janni Pedersen is assistant 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 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

                              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

                                  Member-at-Large (2016-2018)

                                  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.

                                  University of California, Fresno
                                  Department of Anthropology

                                      H. Bruce Stokes

                                      Member-at-Large (2016-2019)

                                      H. Bruce Stokes (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is Professor of Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences at California Baptist University where he was the founding dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences. As a psychological anthropologist, his interests include culture and personality, identity and marginality, culture and religion, culture and mental health, scientific and folk knowledge, and marriage and family. His primary ethnographic work for the last 30 years has been among Messianic Jews in the United States and Israel.

                                      California Baptist University
                                      School of Behavioral Sciences

                                          Justin D’Agostino

                                          Student Member (2015-2018)

                                          Justin D’Agostino is currently a graduate student in the anthropology PhD program at Southern Illinois University. Justin recently completed his MA in anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles. He has organized sessions and given talks at the past two Southwestern Anthropological Association conferences. His main research interest is studying the behavior of non-human primates but Justin has also presented research on the powerful use of metaphor in his paper published in the 2014 Proceedings of the Southwestern Anthropological Association, “The Future of Ethnography: Can Modern Technological Advances Replace or Supplement Classic Fieldwork and Expand Cultural Knowledge?”

                                          Justin is also honing his photography skills in order to capture high quality images of his dissertation subjects. You can see his work on his Tumblr blog. Even though Justin is moving to the mid-west, he is excited to return for the SWAA annual meetings and to remain an active member.

                                          Southern Illinois University
                                          Graduate Student, Anthropology

                                              Francisco Ramos

                                              Student Member (2015-2018)

                                              14Frank Ramos describes his life as being a series of adventures in the mundane and surreal, as well as places in between. He is interested in the use of art and interpretation as part of an overall understanding of how individuals engage their own identity through experiences and the ability to connect their experiences through various mediums. Frank is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside where his focuses include psychological anthropology, conflict theory, and youth interest programs and athletics, as well as research in trauma therapy and reconciliation. His academic background includes work in paleontology, archaeology, hominid morphology, East Asian folklore, military and museum studies, mental health services, and visual arts.

                                              Frank’s personal interests include the martial arts of aikido and tai chi, surfing, youth advocacy and mentoring, military veterans’ programs, East Asian artwork, fossil hunting, and rare map collecting. His most recent focus has been on the use of alternative forms of treatment and non-clinical therapeutic practices among mental health patients. Frank has been involved with the Southwestern Anthropological Association for nearly half a decade and hopes to expand upon the stellar reputation as well as the history that have defined the organization’s success.

                                              University of California, Riverside
                                              Graduate Student, Anthropology