English-Lueck, Jan

English-Lueck, Jan

Professor, Anthropology


Preferred: Jan.English-Lueck@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5347

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead (1901-1978)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Santa Barbara, 1985
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, Univ Of Cal-Santa Barbara, United States, 1985


Dr. Jan English Lueck is a Professor of Anthropology at San Jose State University and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future. In 2004, she was selected Outstanding Professor at San Jose State University.  She has also served as an Associate Dean and Interim Dean in the College of Social Sciences.  She is Past President of the Southwestern Anthropological Association and President of the Society for the Anthropology of Work, within the American Anthropological Association.   Dr. English Lueck has a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied social change and community life among alternative health practitioners, resulting in Health in the New Age: a Study in California Holistic Practices (1990). Chinese Intellectuals on the World Frontier (1997) emerged from a study of scientists and technologists in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong. Since 1992, she has worked with Chuck Darrah at San Jose State to develop the Silicon Valley Cultures Project, conducting research on the region’s distinctive culture. From this research emerged the books, Cultures@SiliconValley (2002), winner of the 2006 Diana Forsythe Prize, and Busier than Ever! Why American Families can’t Slow Down, (with Darrah and Freeman) and her latest book, Being and Well-being: Health and the Working Bodies of Silicon Valley.  A second edition of Cultures@SiliconValley will be available in the summer of 2017.  English-Lueck is a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, where she joins her colleagues in anticipating the cultures of the future to manage the present.