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  • Brian G. Buchanan, Ph.D., FSA Scot
    Brian G. Buchanan, Ph.D., FSA Scot
    Assistant Professor
    107 Isle Hall
    • Ph.D. in Archaeology, Durham University, 2015
    • PBACC in GIS, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
    • MA in Anthropology, American University, 2003
    • BA in Anthropology, Millersville University, 2001
    • BA in History, Millersville University, 2001

    My research focuses on GIS and understanding the archaeological landscape. As an archaeologist, I have worked on projects in North America, Europe, and Africa. After working in cultural resources management (CRM) for close to a decade, I attended and obtained my Ph.D. from Durham University, focusing on the landscape and built environment of Britain from the late Iron Age to Medieval periods, with a particular interest in the development of early medieval Britain. I am especially interested in how past patterns of early medieval practice and interactions with the natural and man-made environment are reflected in the spatial organization of settlements, monuments, and burials across temporal and locational boundaries. I actively develop new methodologies to integrate legacy datasets and modern datasets derived from excavation and survey as well as from new remote sensing techniques using LiDAR and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    At Eastern, I teach classes in both the geography and anthropology programs including in GIS, archaeology, and cultural resource management.

  • John T. Dorwin
    John T. Dorwin
    Senior Lecturer
    133B Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4215
    Fax: 509.359.2747

    Dr. John T. Dorwin received his Ph.D. from Indiana University with a dissertation on late prehistoric archaeological cultures of central Indiana. After teaching for six years in Kentucky and North Carolina he formed a Cultural Resource Management firm and for fourteen years directed terrestrial and underwater archaeological and historical investigations under contract to state and federal agencies as well as corporate clients. He returned to teaching in 1990, specializing in underwater archaeology and principles of historical and anthropological archaeology.

    Courses: ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 452 Underwater Archaeology; ANTH 355 Indians of North America; ANTH 301 Principles of Archaeology

  • Kassahun Kebede
    Kassahun Kebede
    Assistant Professor
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2477
    Fax: 509.359.2747

    A native of Ethiopia, Dr. Kebede holds a Ph.D. in Cultural anthropology from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Social Anthropology and B.A. in Sociology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.  He joined Eastern Washington University (EWU) in 2015. Prior to coming to EWU he has taught at Addis Ababa University, and Syracuse University. He has also taught at Southwestern Oregon Community College.  In his teaching Dr. Kebede employs techniques of active learning where he draws on his knowledge of global issues to enrich the teaching and learning processes. He designs classroom projects in which students would meet everyday people and bring those encounters to the classroom.

    Dr. Kebede’s dissertation research project, which was supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, examines migration from Ethiopia to the United States in the context of the new African diasporas, focusing on political transnationalism and transnational philanthropy through nonprofit organizations.  His analysis of how immigrant transnationality works in both directions contributes to the anthropology of migration by showing how transnationalism and integration are not contradictory.  Currently, he is also working on publishing his thesis into a book.

    He has also broad research experience in applied anthropology. He has conducted research on the land marketization and accompanied relocation of peasant communities in Ethiopia.  He has worked with the Institute of Development Studies, the City of Addis Ababa, the World Bank, Oxfam, Save the Children, UK, the University of Sussex, and Bath University on a variety of research projects that traced rural livelihood vulnerabilities and outmigration, the connections between poverty and ill health, and interethnic conflict over natural resources.

    His current research focuses on immigrant health particularly the effect of social capital on immigrant wellbeing.   

  • LeAnne Knoles
    LeAnne Knoles
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2433
    Fax: 509.359.2747
  • Robert Sauders, Ph.D.
    Robert Sauders, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7904
    Fax: 509.359.2747

    Robert R. Sauders is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the programs of both Anthropology and Geography at Eastern Washington University where his teaching focuses on the Middle East, Islam, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, transnational activism, peace-building and geographic information systems (GIS).

    Dr. Sauders' research explores the practical and theoretical complexities surrounding the direct and indirect participation of activists and networks in transnational social justice and human rights campaigns with a particular interest in how such actors can shape and influence conceptualizations and constructions of space and place within ethnic, national, religious, political, economic and environmental conflicts.

    Specifically, the focus of this research is on non-state actors who engage the political discourse from grassroots, social justice frameworks that cut across traditional ethnic, national and religious boundaries and, instead, emphasizes transnational spatial understandings rooted in solidarity and peacebuilding. Using ethnographic methods supported by qualitative and quantitative data analysis, the research aims to provide an alternative, yet complimentary, approach to the more widespread state-focused analysis of the conflict.

    Dr. Sauders received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in 2007.

    Courses: ANTH 348 Peasant Societies; Politics of Culture; History and Culture of the Middle East; Anthropology of Islam; Anthropology of Museums

    • BA in History, Gannon University
    • MA in Anthropology, George Washington University
    • Ph.D in Anthropology, American University

  • Julia Smith, Ph.D.
    Julia Smith, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Isle Hall 125
    Phone: 509.359.7958
    Fax: 509.359.2747

    Julia Smith received her MA (on interpreting household archaeology for the Classic Maya) and PhD (on small-scale coffee farmers in southern Costa Rica) from the University of Pittsburgh after receiving her bachelors degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt University. She’s done extensive fieldwork in Costa Rica and Mexico, with brief projects in Honduras and Nicaragua. Her recent work has focused on the restructuring of conventional and alternative coffee markets, especially the Fair Trade market. She’s particularly interested in how changing market opportunities and the social relations embedded within them affect the way that people think about coffee, about their relationship with consumers, and about the environment.


    Courses:  ANTH 401 Anthropological Research Methods; ANTH 357 Peoples of Latin America; ANTH 366; ANTH 366 Revolution and Development in the Third World; ANTH 455 Archaeology of Meso-America


  • Fred S. Strange, Ph.D.
    Fred S. Strange, Ph.D.
    Quarterly Faculty
    Isle Hall 207
    Phone: 509.359.7926
    Fax: 590.359.2747

    Dr. Strange's academic trail has led him through Reed College, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State, and finally, the University of Pittsburgh. He is grateful to anthropology's tradition of fieldwork for having given him an excuse for playing out his childhood fantasies in the plow furrows, market places, tourist venues, and peasant villages of Mexico and Central America. In a restless and unresigned retirement, he reads fantastic tales to his grandchildren, and teaches courses that remind him how much he has to learn about social and cultural theory. When not pining to return to Mexico and Central America, he does community theatre, works with Thin Air Community Radio, and tries to alchemize his field notes into a dolorous and wistful poetry, feeling he is coming full circle to where he began.

    Courses: ANTH 444 Development of Anthropological Theory

  • Michael L. Zukosky, Ph.D.
    Michael L. Zukosky, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6229
    Fax: 509.359.2747

    Dr. Michael L. Zukosky received his Ph.D. from Temple University with a dissertation on grassland policy and politics in China's Altai Mountains. He has general interests in philosophical anthropology and social theory as well as their application to economic development and  conservation policy. He came to Eastern Washington University in 2006 and teaches courses in Asian studies, cultural and linguistic anthropology and the anthropology of science and technology.  These interests intersect in the study of the ontological and semiotic aspects of science and technology in development policy throughout the Central Eurasian region including Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and China.  He is currently finishing a book based on National Science Foundation-funded research about Przewalski horse reintroduction in northwest China and the pluralism of animals, knowledge, technologies, languages, values, and interests which constitute it. 

    Courses: ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 445 Linguistic Anthropology; ANTH 446 Sociolinguistics;  ANTH 495 Anthropology of Science and Technology; ANTH 349 Major Civilizations of Asia

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