Executive Board

    Henry D. Delcore

    Board Chair (2018–2021)

    Dr. Henry D. Delcore is a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno. His research experiences include work on rural development and environmental change in Thailand and social and cultural conditions among Southeast Asian Americans in Fresno. He has travelled professionally and conducted ethnographic research in the United States, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and speaks Thai. His current research explores the intersection of digital technology, work, and education, with a focus on the offline factors that influence the use of mobile devices and the Internet. He is a past-President (2017-18) and current Chair (2018-21) of the Southwestern Anthropological Association, the regional professional association for anthropologists in the southwestern United States. Dr. Delcore has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    California State University, Fresno
    Department of Anthropology
    hdelcore@csufresno.edu

        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
        JPage-Reeves@salud.unm.edu

            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
            Jayne.Howell@csulb.edu

              Sarah G. Grant

              Past President (2018–2019)

              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
              sagrant@fullerton.edu

                  Jonathan Karpf

                  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 28,000 faculty in the 23 campus California State University system.

                  San José State University
                  Department of Anthropology
                  jkarpf@calfac.org

                      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
                      janni.pedersen@ashford.edu

                          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
                          beerickson@fullerton.edu

                              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
                              ayefremian@gmail.com

                                  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
                                  ecanin@gmail.com

                                      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
                                      meissinger@csufresno.edu

                                          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
                                          Young.oh@ucr.edu

                                              Sarah Taylor

                                              Member-at-large (2019-2020)

                                              Sarah R. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, whose research focuses on the economics of community-based development, heritage tourism, and natural resource management in rural Yucatan, Mexico. At CSUDH, Taylor teaches and mentors undergraduate students in applied anthropology, cultures of Mesoamerica, political ecology, and cultural anthropology. She is also the director of the CSUDH Guatemala Ethnographic Field School, where she teaches students how to design and conduct their own ethnographic research projects around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Taylor has a B.A. in Anthropology from CSU Chico, and M.A. in Applied Anthropology from CSU Long Beach, and received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from University at Albany, SUNY in 2012.

                                              California State University, Dominguez Hills
                                              Department of Anthropology
                                              sartaylor@csudh.edu

                                                  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
                                                  lrami070@ucr.edu

                                                      Jennifer Rogerson

                                                      Student Member-at-Large (2018-2020)