News & Announcements

Professor A.J. Faas Granted Prestigious Award

Earlier this month Assistant Professor A.J. Faas was awarded the Western Social Science Association’s 2017 "President’s Outstanding Emerging Scholar Award."  Each year, WSSA's outgoing president, current president, and president-elect honor a junior faculty member who has been active in his or her discipline for less than five years after receiving a Ph.D. The award is granted to a scholar who is conducting cutting edge research and making substantial contributions to the social sciences. Dr. Faas will be formally presented with the award at WSSA's annual meetings in San Francisco on April 14, 2017.

(September 15, 2016)


Professor Marco Meniketti and Chris Keith Profiled in CSU Publication

Over the summer, Professor Marco Meniketti and Chris Keith (an alumnus of SJSU's graduate program in applied anthropology) were profiled in the California State Univesity's "Impact of the CSU" online magazine, which features outstanding research accomplishments. The article describes Dr. Meniketti and Mr. Keith's research in the Caribbean island nation of Nevis. In 2015, Chris Keith's Master's thesis won the University's Outstanding Thesis award.

(September 5, 2016)


Anthropology Students' Involvement in CommUniverCity Projects Reaps Rewards

Over the summer, a CommUniverCity project involving students from Professor Chuck Darrah's ANTH 149 course (Fall 2013) was granted an Academic Award of Excellence by the California chapter of the American Planning Association. The project, entitled "Greater Washington--Voices of the Community" had students working with community partners including Mamas Unidas, Sacred Heart of Jesus Community Parish, Community United San Jose and Catholic Charities. Through personal conversations with community members, students learned that residents' neighborhood priorities included such things as better health, affordable housing, and the needs of middle school students. Anthropology students conducting a more recent CommUniverCity project under the direction of Professor A.J. Faas were recently profiled on the CommUniverCity website. They participated in the "Community Leadership Program," an effort that focuses on building local engagement and leadership skills.

(September 1, 2016)


Anthropology Students Participate in Disaster Preparedness Event

SJSU anthropology students participated in Japantown Prepared, an initiative aimed at helping residents, businesses, and organizations in San Jose's Japantown neighborhood prepare for disasters. The project was led by retired SJPD Lieutenant Rich Saito and retired SJFD Captain Jim McClure and a committee which included neighbors, businesses, and non-profits in Japantown. Under the guidance of anthropology professor Dr. A.J. Faas, whose research interests include disaster response and resettlement, SJSU students Danielle Anderson, Vanessa Castro, Miguel Garcia, and Mai Chee Vang participated in the day-long event.

(July 15, 2016)


Assistant Professor A.J. Faas Participates in Social Sciences Dean's Symposium


On May 4, Assistant Professor A.J. Faas presented his research at the College of Social Sciences Dean's Symposium along with three other COSS faculty. Dr. Faas's talk, entitled "Minga Practice in the Shadow of the Volcano: Reciprocity, Cooperation, and the Complexities of Social Support in Disasters," summarized elements of his research in the Andes region of Ecuador following the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tungurahua. The talk was recently posted online where it is available for video streaming.

(May 23, 2016)


Anthropology Professor Selected for SJSU Faculty-in-Residence Program

Professor Elizabeth Weiss was one of nine faculty members chosen to participate in SJSU University Housing Services' Faculty-in-Residence Program. The program is designed to provide students with opportunities for formal and informal social interaction with SJSU faculty members who live in campus housing facilities. According to University Housing Services, the goals include "developing a sense of community, fostering involvement in social and educational hall and campus programs and activities, and meeting the academic and community needs of resident students." In exchange for participating in the program, faculty members are allowed to reside in a rent-free campus apartment during the academic year. Dr. Weiss will be assigned to the Global Village housing unit, located on the 10th floor of Joe West Hall.

(May 19, 2016)


Anthropology Event Draws More Than 100 People

On April 29, the SJSU Anthropology Department hosted a special event, AnthROX 2016, billed as "a celebration of anthropology and those who make it happen. The event attracted more than 100 people including students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and friends of the department. The late afternoon event was held in Rooms 285 and 287 of the Engineering Building.

AnthROX featured a range of activities and events, including student poster presentations, short "Ignite Talks" featuring the work of graduate alumni and student project researchers, and previews of ethnographic films by emeritus professors James Freeman and Tom Layton. 

Members of the Anthropology Club supported the event by volunteering to move equipment and sponsoring a drawing for 10 AnthROX t-shirts.

The event was also attended by more than 20 alumni of the department's M.A. program in Applied Anthropology and anthropologists working at Fujitsu, Compass Family Services, Google, CH2M Hill, and other organizations.

A.J. Faas, who served as master of ceremonies, described the event as a "tremendous success." He said that the department plans on hosting the next AnthROX event in the spring of 2017. 

(May 3, 2016)


Anthropology Students and Alumna Publicly Recognized at Awards Ceremony

On April 29, two anthropology students and an alumna of the department's Master's Program in Applied Anthropology were presented with awards at the College of Social Sciences Annual Awards Ceremony. Graduate student Jeffrey Gregor was awarded the Charles Burdick Scholarship, while undergraduate student Brieann DeOrnellas was awarded an SJSU Alumni Association Scholarship. Maribel Martinez, who received her M.A. in Applied Anthropology from SJSU in 2012, was awarded the College of Social Sciences Social Entreprenuership and Community Engagement Alumni Award.

(April 29, 2016) 


Applied Anthropology Alumna Receives Outstanding Thesis Award

Amanda Feldman, who received her M.A. in Applied Anthropology last December, was recently awarded SJSU's prestigious 2015-2016 Outstanding Thesis award, a University-wide honor. Her thesis is entitled, "From Trauma to Trial: Proposing New Methods for Examining the Variability of Sharp Force Trauma on Bone." It explores new techniques for analyzing cut marks to bone. Amanda will be recognized at the University's Honors Colloquium later this month.

(April 11, 2016)


Anthropology Faculty, Staff, and Alumna Receive College Awards

In March 2016, the SJSU College of Social Sciences (COSS) announced its annual award recipients. This year, anthropology faculty and staff won four out of the six awards. They will be recognized at COSS's spring awards ceremony on April 29. The event will take place from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Engineering 285/287.

Staff Service Excellence Award

Maria Jimenez, Anthropology Department Administrative Support Coordinator

Teaching Excellence Awards

Tenured/Tenure Track: Marco Meniketti, Professor of Anthropology
Lecturer: Jennifer Anderson, Lecturer in Anthropology

Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement Alumnus Award

Maribel Martinez

(April 6, 2016)


SJSU Students to Present Research at Conferences

Fifteen undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the SJSU Anthropology Department will be presenting papers at two professional conferences on April 22 and 23. They are scheduled to present their papers at Santa Clara University's Western Departments of Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference and at Southwestern Anthropological Association Conference in San Diego. Student papers will cover a wide range of topics from online gaming cultures to Native American Urban Resettlement.

"I don't think our department has ever had so many students presenting conference papers in a single month," said department chair Roberto Gonzalez. "It's good evidence of the impressive research and applied work that our students are doing." Converence papers will include:       

  • Farah Zia: Transportation Sustainability at SJSU
  • Tim Rodriguez: Let's Talk Trash
  • Aaron Van Valen: Racialization and Legislation of Indian Relocation to San Jose, California
  • Brieann DeOrnellas: Thrust into Urbanization: Economic and Affective Precarity for American Indians after the Urban Relocation Act
  • Elaine Foster: Leadership Inheritance: A Study at CommUniverCity
  • Jamieson Mockel, Chelsea Halliwell, Stephanie Monterrosa, DeDe Patterson, Alicia Merriam-Pigg: Continuity and Change in Community-Based Leadership in San Jose, California
  • Leah Grant, Gianina Bebb, Angela Moniz: Urban Movements: American Indian Resettlement and Pan-Indian Identities in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • DeDe Patterson: Living between Borders: Transnational Marriages and US Resettlement Patterns in Sudanese Refugee Populations
  • Jacqueline Porcello: History of Anthropology at San Jose State University
  • Kirk Phillips: Mapping the Gamer Landscape: Anthropological Perspectives on Professional Gaming
  • Michael Boero: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Adaptive Resource Management in the Sierra Nevada
  • Ailea Merriam-Pigg: "Just Turn it Off": An Exploration of GamerGate and the Online Workforce

(April 4, 2016)


Professor's Film Wins Top Prize at 2016 CreaTV Awards

The documentary film "Del Carlo: The Valley's Photographer," won First Prize at the 2016 CreaTV Awards Gala in March 2016. It was co-produced by Anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Layton. The film focuses on the life and work of Arnold Del Carlo, a commercial photographer whose images documented the development of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley from the 1940s through the 1960s. Many of Mr. Del Carlo's photos and photo negatives are in the archives of the Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, located on the 5th floor of the King Library on the San Jose State University campus.

(March 22. 2016)