C. Melvin Aikens
Education: B.A., University of Utah (1960); M.A., University of Chicago (1962); Ph.D., University of Chicago (1966)
Areas of Interest: Dr. Aikens is an emeritus professor at UO, originally hired in 1968, who entered full-time retirement in 2005. His research focuses on the archaeology of the Great Basin of North America and of Japan, with collateral interests in the archaeology of their encompassing regions. Recently published articles are “Environment, Adaptation, and Interaction in Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East: the Millennial History of a Japan Sea Oikumene,” co-authored with Irina S. Zhushchikhovskaya and Song Nai Rhee (2009); “Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Cultural Connections between Asia and America,” co-authored with Irina Zhushchikhovskaya (2009), and “Walking and Running in the Sierra Tarahumara: A Reflection on Pedestrian Mobility and the “Known World” in Desert West Culture History (2009). He is author or editor of 15 books and many book chapters and journal articles.
Don E. Dumond
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Director Emeritus of the Museum of Natural History
Education: B.A., University of New Mexico (1949); M.A., Mexico City College (1957); Ph.D., University of Oregon (1962)
Areas of Interest: Dr. Dumond served in Anthropology from 1962-1994, and as Director of the Museum of Natural History (now Museum of Natural and Cultural History) from 1982-1996. Major research interests are in New World prehistory and ethnohistory, historical demography, and ecology, with field work primarily in Alaska, secondarily in Mexico. More than one hundred substantive publications include multiple articles in Science, American Anthropologist, and American Antiquity, as well as regional journals, plus fourteen authored or co-authored book-length publications; he also counts an additional nine edited or co-edited book-length works. Recent and pending papers or book chapters include “La Pintura de San Andrés Metepec” (with Michel Oudijk) and “The Story of ‘Okvik’” (2008); “Chronology of Bering Strait Cultures,” “The ‘Arctic Maritime’ Expansion: A View from the South,” and “A Note on Labret Use around the Bering and Chukchi Seas” (2009); “The Dene Arrival in Alaska” (2010); and “Technology, Typology and Subsistence: A Partly Contrarian Look at the Peopling of Beringia” (2011).
Education: A.B., Syracuse (1969); M.A., Syracuse (1970); Ph.D., Cornell (1977)
Areas of Interest: Dr. Lukacs has been a professor at University of Oregon since 1976. John Lukacs (Professor Emeritus status since 2009) is engaged in research on the paleopathology and dental anthropology of prehistoric and living South Asians. His research foci include an epidemiological approach to dental health with an emphasis on sex differences in oral disease, inter-population variation in tooth morphology, and laboratory analysis of skeletal and dental pathology among prehistoric human skeletons in South Asia. Recent publications have appeared in: Current Anthropology (2008), Comparative Dental Morphology (2009), and Clinical Oral Investigations (2010). A critical review of advances in research on oral health in past populations appears in Companion to Paleopathology (2011, Wiley-Blackwell); click here for the chapter. A monograph focused on the demography, health and nutrition of early Holocene foragers of north India is nearing completion and scheduled for publication in British Archaeological Reports. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, American Philosophical Society, Indo-American Fellowship Program (Council for International Exchange of Scholars), LSB Leakey Foundation, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
Education: B.S., SUNY-Buffalo (1967); M.A., University of Arizona (1970); Ph.D., University of Florida (1974)
Areas of Interest: Geraldine Moreno (PhD; CNS) is a Full Professor of Anthropology and has been employed at the University of Oregon since 1974. Her research is located at the intersection of nutritional anthropology, human biology and medical anthropology. She is a member of an Oregon Research Institute research team working on a NIH funded community based participatory project focused on childhood obesity prevention. Dr. Moreno has been involved in food insecurity work and research in Thailand, Ecuador and the United States. Her previous research in northeastern Thailand focused on the relationship among gender, cultural and economic transformation, and food habits, including the reliance on wild food. She is also engaged in a Byrd Foundation study investigating the role of Vitamin B on cognitive ability in elderly Hispanics. . Dr. Moreno has served as a consultant on a Fogarty International Training Program in AIDS & TB in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, at the University of Miami Leonard H, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Moreno has publications in Ecology of Food and Nutrition; Qualitative Health Research; Journal of Ethnobiology and Agriculture and Human Values. Her research has been supported by the Center For the Study of Women in Society, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and The Social Science Research Council.
Education: B.A., Notre Dame (1981); M.A., Harvard (1985); Ph.D., Harvard (1992)
Areas of Interest: Dr. O’Nell has been an associate professor at UO since 1998. Theresa O’Nell is a medical and psychological anthropologist who has worked with Native American peoples for fifteen years. Her findings on culture and depression among the Flathead people of Montana appear in her book Disciplined Hearts: History, Identity, and Depression in an American Community (U of California Press 1996). Currently she is midway through a 5-year project on history, colonialism, and mental health among the people of a Northern Plains tribe. Dr. O’Nell’s teaching and research interests include medical anthropology, postcolonial psychology, and contemporary Native American life.
Education: B.A., UC Berkeley (1954); M.A., UC Berkeley (1959); Ph.D., UC Berkeley (1963)
Areas of Interest: Dr. Simonds is a professor emeritus at University of Oregon. Paul E. Simonds’ research interests focus on the networks of social interaction of primates. The database for this analysis rests on his field research on Macaca radiata in south India but is extended to other species as well. Current interest is in the evolution of human patterns of reproductive and other behavior out of a primate base. Dr. Simonds joined the Department of Anthropology in 1962.
Harry Wolcott (1929-2012)
Education: B.A., UC Berkeley (1951); M.A., San Francisco State College (1959); Ph.D., Stanford (1964)
Areas of Interest: Dr. Wolcott is a professor emeritus at UO, originally hired in 1964. Harry F. Wolcott focuses his research on anthropology and education, cultural acquisition, and the nature of ethnographic research. Some of his recent publications are: Transforming Qualitative Data (Sage 1994); Art of Fieldwork (2nd ed., Altamira Press 2005); Ethnography: A Way of Seeing (2nd ed., Altamira Press 2008); Writing Up Qualitative Research (3rd ed., Sage 2009); Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork (Altamira 2002), and Ethnography Lessons: A Primer (Left Coast Press, 2010).
Phil Young (Died 2013)
Education: B.A., University of Illinois (1961); Ph.D., University of Illinois (1968)
Areas of Interest: Dr. Young is a professor emeritus, originally hired in 1966. Phil Young focuses his current research on the impact of national development on indigenous peoples, particularly in Central and South America, on issues of indigenous rights, and on strategies for long-term adaptation and sustainability of cultures and environments under development. Among his other interests are linguistic anthropology, cognitive and functional linguistics, and golf.