Full Time Faculty
Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York; M.S., Columbia University; B.A., Haverford College
Research/Interests: Dr. Julian Brash's 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. His book, Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City, focuses on how Mayor Michael Bloomberg's corporate and technocratic approach to urban governance fared in the contentious arena of New York City development politics, was published by the University of Georgia Press in February 2011. His work has been published in Urban Anthropology, Critique of Anthropology, Social Text, and Antipode. Before joining the anthropology faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Brash was an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Toledo, where he taught in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, the Department of Geography & Planning, and the PhD program in Spatially Integrated Social Science. He received his PhD from the Anthropology Program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2006. He also holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Haverford College.
Courses: Cultural Anthropology (ANTH100), Communities in Transition (ANTH 421/521), Multicultural America (ANTH 110)
PhD: CUNY; MA: Hunter College; BA: Hunter College
Courses: Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 100), Anthropology of Multicultural America (ANTH 110), Practical Anthropology (ANTH 201), Urban Anthropology (ANTH 210), Anthropology of the Aging and Aged (ANTH 350), Communities and Transition (ANTH 421/521)
Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York; B.A., University of California at Berkeley
Research/Interests: Her research focuses on processes of aspiration formation and social reproduction among youth from diverse class, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. In particular, Dr. Davidson is interested in how young people forge aspirations in relation to experiences of schooling, rapid social and economic transformation, and their exposure to emergent ideals of citizenship in the contemporary United States. Her first book, The Burdens of Aspiration: Schools, Youth, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley, was published by New York University Press in 2011. Her teaching interests include the anthropology of multicultural America, the anthropology of globalization, the anthropology of children/youth, the anthropology of education, and urban anthropology. She also has a keen interest in medical anthropology and enjoys teaching it as well.
Courses: Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 100), Multicultural America (ANTH 110)
Assistant Professor, Acting Chair
PhD, MA University of Missouri; BA: University of North Dakota; BS: University of North Dakota
Research/Interests: Research interests include modeling health processes through the examination of activity patterns, diet, ecology, genetics, occupational stress and pathologies, and social inequalities. Dr. Farnum works with a multi-disciplinary team on the North Coast of Peru and colleagues at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where she studies human remains from pre-Hispanic cultures that span thousands of years. Some of the results from this project were published in the prestigious journal, Current Anthropology.
Courses: Physical Anthropology (ANTH 101), Health and Healing (ANTH 180), Human Variation (ANTH 240), Health and Disease in the Ancient World (ANTH 414), Medical Anthropology (ANTH 440)
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research/Interests: Medical Anthropology; Disability Studies; Food Security; Active Living; Blindness; Gender and Health; Applied Research Methods
Dr. Gerber is a medical anthropologist and disability studies scholar. Prior to joining the Montclair faculty, she served for five years as the Senior Research Associate at the American Foundation for the Blind, and taught in the graduate program in Disability Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY). She also served for several years as President of the Society for Disability Studies. She is currently a member of the Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) editorial board, and served as a Guest Editor for a DSQ Special Theme Issue entitled, “Eat, Drink & Inclusion: The Politics of Disability & Food” (Summer 2007). Her current research includes issues related to: food security & 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 loves mentoring students, and serves as the departmental advisor to the Anthropology Club and the local Lambda Alpha National Honor Society in Anthropology on campus. Please view her profile page for more information. If you are interested in the Food Deserts & People with Disabilities research project, please click here.
Courses. Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 100); Introduction to Disability Studies, Rights, & Culture (ANTH 105); Multicultural America (ANTH110); Health & Healing in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (ANTH 180); Methods: Anthropological Research & Practice (ANTH 301); Anthropology of Food & Nutrition (ANTH 330); Medical Anthropology (ANTH 440); Community & Health (ANTH 423/523)
Dr. Christopher N. Matthews
Profile Page: montclair.edu/~matthewsc
Office: Dickson Hall room 130
PhD, MPhil, MA, Columbia University; BA George Washington University
Christopher N. Matthews is a professor of anthropology at Montclair State University. He is a American historical archaeologists, and his main research interests are the archaeology of capitalism and race in the United States and the practice of community-based research. His fieldwork examines the sites associated with slavery and freedom, and he has directed projects in Maryland, Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey. He earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1998. He is the author of two books, An Archaeology of History and Tradition and The Archaeology of American Capitalism. He is also co-editor of Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practice as well as the author of several book chapters and articles in Historical Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and Archaeologies.
Co-Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Program
PhD, City University of New York; BA, Tufts University
Research/Interests: Dr. McCaffrey has conducted long-term ethnographic research in Vieques, Puerto Rico about the impact of the U.S. military on island life. Her research interests include colonialism, social movements, the military, and the environment. Dr. McCaffrey’s ethnography, Military Power and Popular Protest: The US Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico (Rutgers 2002) considers the ambivalence about citizenship, sovereignty, and national identity that emerge in grassroots struggle against U.S. naval bombing practices. Recent articles and book chapters consider the multiple challenges---environmental contamination, the imposition of a national wildlife refuge, rapid gentrification---that face Vieques residents as they build a future without the military. Presently, Dr. McCaffrey serves as General Editor of Anthropology Now, a new magazine committed to claiming a public voice for anthropology. Anthropology Now believes that anthropology has important insights to contribute to contemporary conversations and policy debates. Through field research and in-depth, holistic analysis, anthropology presents an oblique perspective on mainstream common sense. By challenging taken for granted “truths,” anthropology can enrich public understandings of the world. Visit the website at http://anthronow.com.
Courses. Cultures of Latin America (ANTH 150), Anthropology of Conflict and Violence (ANTH 230/ANTH 135), Building Sustainable Communities (ANTH 429/529); Globalization (ANTH 202/ANTH 125)
PhD, University of Pittsburgh; BA, Queens College
Courses: Anthropology of Multicultural America (ANTH 110), Cultures of Latin America (ANTH 150), Immigration: Anthropological Perspective (ANTH 310), Anthropology of Work (ANTH 340)
PhD, MA, State University of New York Binghamton; BA, University of Delaware
Research/Interests: Dr. Siegel is an archaeologist, specializing in pre-Columbian archaeology of the Caribbean and eastern North America. Prior to Montclair State, he spent 14 years working for a consulting firm in heritage management. He has conducted or worked on applied archaeological projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Bolivia. He has conducted ethnoarchaeological projects in Peru and Guyana. In addition, Siegel has carried out academic grant-funded archaeology/historical ecology in New York, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Grenada, Curacao, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Marie-Galante (Guadeloupe), Martinique, and St. Croix. His research most recently is in pre-Columbian/early historic human-land relations in the Caribbean and has received two grants from the National Science Foundation and one from National Geographic Society for this work. He was recently awarded a NSF-funded School for Advanced Research grant (Santa Fe, New Mexico) to convene his interdisciplinary team of environmental scientists/archaeologists in 2010 to synthesize and integrate results of their Caribbean research.
Courses: Prehistoric Archaeology (ANTH 103), Native North Americans (ANTH 120), Experimental Archaeology (ANTH 370), Archaeological Field Methods (ANTH 470)
Dr. Maisa Taha
Office: Dickson Hall room 128
Ph.D. Anthropology, The University of Arizona; M.A. Spanish, University of Iowa; B.A. Spanish and History, Illinois Wesleyan University, magna cum laude
Research/Interests: Dr. Taha is a linguistic anthropologist interested in how everyday discourse shapes political and moral realities, educational experiences, and inequality. Her research in southeast Spain focuses on how Moroccan immigrants become foils for Spanish ideas of political and social progressivism, including racial and gender equality. In and around high school “democratic education” classes, students and teachers talk in ways that unwittingly reinforce the divisions that those classes aim to challenge, frequently using Moroccans as scapegoats for a range of local and national ills. Dr. Taha’s areas of specialization include ethnographic discourse analysis, semiotics, citizenship and belonging, and the linguistic anthropology of education. She especially enjoys training students in linguistic and ethnographic methods, with an emphasis on participatory approaches. She recently completed a project with a team of undergraduate interns looking at the operations of an expressive arts program for refugee families in Tucson, AZ, and looks forward to developing similar projects with students at Montclair State.
Courses: Anthropological Linguistics (ANTH 102); others forthcoming
PhD, University of Georgia; BA, National Dairy Research Institute (India)
Courses: Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 100), Cultures of South Asia (ANTH 130), Environmental Anthropology (ANTH 360), Environment and Community (ANTH 422/522)