Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

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Peter E. Siegel

143 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-3415
siegelp@mail.montclair.edu

Peter E. Siegel, professor and chair, received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton. He is a New World archaeologist, with work conducted in eastern North America, the West Indies, and lowland South America. Siegel’s research interests include origins and development of social inequality, historical ecology, ethnoarchaeology, and stone-tool analysis. His work has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Heinz Family Foundation for Latin American Archaeology. He teaches courses in general archaeology, experimental archaeology, North American archaeology, Caribbean archaeology, and Native North Americans.

Staff

 

Bonita Kates

125 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4119
katesb@mail.montclair.edu

Bonita Kates is the professional services specialist for the chair.

Full-Time Faculty

 

Julian Brash

149 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7395
brashj@mail.montclair.edu

Julian Brash, associate professor, received a PhD from the Anthropology program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of anthropology, geography, and interdisciplinary urban studies. They include urban development and politics, economic development policy, urban neoliberalism, the politics of space and place, urban identity, political economy, and the study of North American society and culture. He teaches courses including Cultural Anthropology, Communities in Transition, and Multicultural America. He is the author of Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City, published by the University of Georgia Press (2011). Brash's current research focuses on the High Line and other new public parks in New York City. It has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.

 

Kenneth Brook

150 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7542
brookk@mail.montclair.edu

Kenneth Brook, professor, received a PhD from the City University of New York. He teaches courses including Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Multicultural America, Practical Anthropology, Urban Anthropology Anthropology of the Aging and Aged, and Communities and Transition.

 

Elsa Davidson

139 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-3317
davidsone@mail.montclair.edu

Elsa Davidson, associate professor, received a PhD from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research interests include processes of aspiration formation and social reproduction among youth from diverse class, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, and  shifting expectations of success and definitions of the normal and pathological in childhood. Her current research explores this theme in relation to emergent norms and pedagogies in the United States focused on social and emotional skill development and difference in childhood. Her course offerings include Cultural Anthropology, Multicultural America, Anthropological Theory, and the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth. She is the author of The Burdens of Aspiration: Schools, Youth, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley (New York University Press, 2011) and publishes in both geography and anthropology journals.

 

Julie Farnum

142 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4108
farnumj@mail.montclair.edu

Julie Farnum, assistant professor, received a PhD from the University of Missori. Her research interests include modeling health processes through the examination of activity patterns, diet, ecology, genetics, occupational stress and pathologies, and social inequalities. She teaches courses including: Physical Anthropology, Health and Healing, Human Variation, Health and Disease in the Ancient World, and Medical Anthropology. Farnum is also the director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program.

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Elaine Gerber

144 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-3433
gerbere@mail.montclair.edu

Elaine Gerber, associate professor, received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include: food security and disablement; active living; audio description; blind theater; and the cultural construction of disability. Her earlier work also centered around culture and the body, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health. She teaches courses including Multicultural America; Introduction to Disability Studies, Rights, and Culture; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Health & Healing in Cross-Cultural Perspectives; Methods in Anthropological Research and Practice; Anthropology of Food and Nutrition; Medical Anthropology; and Community and Health.

 

Christopher N. Matthews

130 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-3063
matthewsc@mail.montclair.edu

Christopher N. Matthews, professor, received a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. His research interests include the archaeology of capitalism and race in the United States and the practice of community-based research. His focus is the archaeology of slavery and freedom, and he has directed field projects in this area in Maryland, Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey. He teaches courses such as: the Anthropology of Race, Archaeology in Montclair, Native North Americans, and Introduction to Archaeology. He is the author of An Archaeology of History and Tradition and The Archaeology of American Capitalism and co-editor of Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practice and The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast. He is also the editor of the Society for Historical Archaeology's journal, Historical Archaeology.

 

Katherine T. McCaffrey

108 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7560
mccaffreyk@mail.montclair.edu

Katherine McCaffrey, associate professor of anthropology, received her PhD from the City University of New York. Her research interests focus on social inequality and violence, its consequences, and resistance to it in Latin America and the United States. She examined a multi-decade long movement to evict the U.S. Navy in her book, Military Power and Popular Protest: the U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico. More recently, she has been conducting participatory action field research among new immigrants and refugees in New Jersey. She teaches classes including: Cultures of Latin America, The Twentieth Century, and Building Sustainable Communities.

 

Frances Rothstein

131 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-3064
rothsteinf@mail.montclair.edu

Frances Abrahamer Rothstein, professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on Mexico, migration, globalization, gender, and work. She teaches courses on these topics as well as cultural anthropology. She is the author of three books and has co-edited two collections. Her most recent book is Mexicans on the Move: Migration and Return in Rural Mexico (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Her most recent article is “Not Just Migrants: People on the Move in Rural Mexico” in Ethnographic Collaborations in Global Spaces: A View from Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2016).

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Maisa Taha

455 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7933
taham@mail.montclair.edu

Maisa C. Taha, assistant professor, received her PhD from The University of Arizona. Her research interests include language and power, migration and multicultural politics, and discourses of diversity. She teaches courses in linguistic and cultural anthropology and has conducted primary and applied research in Spain and the southwest United States. Articles based on her research with Moroccan immigrants and Spanish social workers and teachers have appeared in The Journal of North African Studies and Crossroads of Language, Interaction, and Culture.

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Neeraj Vedwan

141 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7503
vedwann@mail.montclair.edu

Neeraj Vedwan, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of Georgia. An environmental anthropologist, his research interests include water resources management, environmental perceptions, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, and the linkages between consumerism, nationalism and environmental values and behavior. He teaches courses including Cultural Anthropology, Cultures of South Asia, Environmental Anthropology, Anthropology of Food and Nutrition and Environment and Community.