Ameeta Singh Tiwana (Department Chair)
Ph.D, Southern Illinois University
M.A., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University
M.S., Anthropology, Delhi University
B.Sc., Zoology (Hons), Delhi University
Has taught at De Anza college since 1991 courses in Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and World Prehistory.
Research interests: Epidemiology, Population and Human Genetics, Human Evolution, Medical Anthropology
Fieldwork: Hill tribes in Northern India, Genetic and cultural risk factors in premature Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
F21G Social Science Division
1994 Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
1991 M.A., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
1985 B.Sc., Zoology and Botany, Nairobi University, Kenya
My research interest is in reconstructing the evolutionary history of anthropoid apes. I am particularly interested in reconstructing the timing and sequence of origin of the features that characterize modern apes. For example, when did the enhanced mobility at the wrist and shoulder joints, characteristics that humans have in common with all extant apes, without which we cannot fashion and use tool, arise. Based on molecular time clocks split between the monkeys and apes is estimated to have occurred between 25-18 million years ago. The early Miocene site of Songhor, Kenya, where I have been excavating for the past 10 years, is a promising place to find our missing links to the other apes.
Adjunct Faculty (Alphabetized by Last Name)
Ph.D, Rice University 1975
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University
M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University
M.S. School Administration, Indiana University
B.A. English Literature, Baghdad University
Diploma, Philosophy of English Education, University of London, England
Associateship Award, Comparative Study of Women's education: University of London, England.
Experience: Adjunct assistant professor, cultural anthropology, Oklahoma University.
Head of Cultural Studies Department, Folklore center, Doha, Qatar.
Director of Research, Folklore Center, Doha , Qatar.
Research Associate, Berkeley University, CA
Adjunct professor, Cogswell College since 1988, teach cultural anthropology, sociology, society and culture, world cultures.
Adjunct professor, cultural anthropology, temporary assignment, Santa Clara University, CA.
Adjunct professor, cultural anthropology, De Anza College since 1988
Did extensive research on the traditional markets of Doha, Qatar,and fishing villages in the Arab Emirates,
published a book and many articles on the subjects.
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
Extensive Research in the form of community studies in Canada and USA.
Area of specialization is Middle Eastern minorities.
International experience includes living and teaching in Middle East
(Iran, Lebanon), Europe (Switzerland) and North America (Canada, USA).
Has been teaching courses in cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology at De Anza since 1989.
Telephone: (408)-864-8999 ext.-3699
Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford University, 2010
M.Phil. Egyptian Archaeology, University College London,
M.Sc. Environmental Archaeology, University of Sheffield,
B.A. Anthropology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies,
University of California at Berkeley, 1996
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Ancient Egyptian History and Culture
Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Origins of Civilization
Çatalhöyük and Neolithic Archaeology
Archaeological theory, prehistoric societies, Egyptian archaeology, monumental
and domestic architecture, landscape studies, geoarchaeology, material science,
social archaeology, concepts of space and place, memory, materiality,
phenomenology, and multi-sensory archaeology.
Ph.D. from University of New Mexico 2002
MA from San Jose State University
MA from Columbia University, NYC
BA from Carleton College, Minnesota.
Interests: American Southwestern archaeology - Ancestral Pueblo Indian rock art as mnemonic devices,
Contemporary Pueblo Indian pottery, EthnoAesthetics, California East Bay Native American Ethnohistory.
Present projects - Family history of Missionized Ohlone descendents in the East Bay, consolidating
archaeological and rock art records at Chaco Canyon for the National Park Service.
B.A. (Anthropology) University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (Biological Anthropology) The Ohio State University
Currently Ph.D. candidated at The Ohio State University foucssing on
biological anthropology with a minor in human anatomy.
Research Interests: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, dental anthropology,
skeletal histology, Near Eastern archaeology, California archaeology, biological
distance, prehistoric health, and human evolution
Areas of archaeological and bioarchaeological fieldwork: California, Spain, Israel, Turkey
BA Anthropology - SJSU
MA Anthropology - UW-Madison
Currently: Dissertator, UW-Madison
DeAnza College - 2000-present
San Jose State University - 2001-present
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Reconstructing Lost Civilizations
Old World Civilizations
The World in Historical and Social Science Perspectives
Magic, Witchcraft & Religion
Areas of interest:
Complex Societies/Rise of Civilization
South Asia/Indus Valley/Deccan/Hyderabad/Andhra Pradesh
Upper Midwestern U.S./Wisconsin
California/San Francisco Bay Area
I am an archaeologist with research experience in the Prehistoric and
Historic Periods in South Asia and North America. After spending four years
with the Harappa Archaeological Research Project focusing on the ancient
city of Harappa in Pakistan, I developed a new project for my dissertation
in the Deccan region of India studying the Golconda Kingdom's trade routes
and monumental architecture in the 16th and 17th centuries. I also spent
six years with the Office of the State Archaeologist at the State Historical
Society of Wisconsin, and since 2004 have served as President of the Santa
Clara County Archaeological Society.
Telephone: (408)-864-8999 ext. 3728
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
At De Anza College 1977-present
Instructor of Biology 1977-2004
Instructor of Physical Anthropology 1987-present
Research interests: relationship of peoples of African with their domesticated plants and animals.
Kyejung R. Yang
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. in Anthropology, Seoul National University
Part-time Instructor, De Anza College (since Fall, 2007)
Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University (Spring, 2007)
Full-time Instructor, Wright State University (2004- 2006)
Adjunct Professor, Wright State University (2003-2004), University of Dayton (2003-2004)
Sinclair Community College (2001-2003), George Washington University (Spring 1997)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995-1996).
Research Interest: Religion and Ethnicity in Latin America, Religion and Resistance, Asian American Women and Religion, Symbolic Anthropology and Discourse Analysis, Medical Anthropology and Illness Narrative.
Tisa Abshire Walker
B.A., M.A., Anthropology, Stanford University|
Foothill College: 1966-1987
DeAnza College: 1988-present
Research areas: Pueblo peoples of American Southwest; Maori of New Zealand
Theoretical specialities: ethno-philosophy, culture change, indigenous rights
Other regions of the world lived/travelled in: Pakistan, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, Singapore, Tahiti, New Zealand, France
Ph.D University of Pittsburg
B.A., M.A. University of Califonia, Santa Barbara
De Anza college: 1970-present
Instructor: Anthropology/Geography: 1970-1983; 1999-present
Division Dean, Social Science and Humanities: 1984-1989
Anthropology Field Research:
Central Asia/Afghanistan: 1969-1979
East-West Center, University of Hawaii: 1978-1979
Visiting Professor, University College Cork; Cork, Ireland 1998-1999
Regions of the world Taught and Lived in:
South America, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Africa.