Research Interests: anthropology of knowledge; medicine, science, technology, and society (MSTS) studies; psychological anthropology; anthropology of religion; history of science; scientific experiments; religion-science debates; anthropology of the mind; American religion and spirituality; occult and metaphysical traditions; embodiment and phenomenology; William James; pragmatism; semiotics; ethics and morality; popular culture Courses taught: Intro to Cultural Anthropology; Intro to Linguistic Anthropology; Intro to Biological Anthropology; Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
Research Interests: My area of expertise in anthropology is evolutionary biology with an emphasis in primate and human biological evolution. My undergraduate and graduate studies focused primarily on primate behavioral ecology and included two research projects that provided enrichment for captive primates and design and curation of a museum exhibition at the Cal State Fullerton Anthropology Museum. Other areas of anthropology I have an emphasis in are ethnomusicology, museum exhibit design and curation, and grant writing. I am a biocultural anthropologist particularly concerned with the ways social environment impacts the mental and physical health of both non-human and human primates. Additionally, I am extremely interested in how music impacts primate behavior and biology. My doctoral research at the University of Auckland in New Zealand is in the realm of ethnomusicology and during my provisional year of study I documented the social phenomenon of a music genre community. My publications in the areas of primatology, museum studies, and ethnomusicology can be found on Academia.edu and ResearchGate. In 2016, I presented my first year's doctoral research as part of the Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference.
Courses I teach: Human Biological Evolution, Laboratory in Human Biological Evolution, Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology, Native People of North America, The World of Primates, Issues and History in Popular Music, Music and Identity in World Cultures, and Archaeology: Reconstructing the Past
I am a tenured faculty member and I teach at both our Monterey Park campus and at the South Gate Educational Center. I split my time between our campuses and serve on faculty committees at both locations. My office at Monterey Park is located in the G8 Building in Room 101E and my office at SGEC is located in the Administration Area in Office B. During spring and fall semesters I am located at Monterey Park campus on Mondays and Wednesdays and at SGEC on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am one of the faculty advisors for the ELAC Anthropology Club and I enjoy taking students on field trips.
Robert B West, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Geology Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 323-260-8115 Office Location: G8-105
Research Interests: Russia, China, Japan, world religions/languages, ancient history, Byzantine world. Courses Taught: Cultural Geography, Physical geography, Meteorology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geog. of CA.
Research Interests: Archaeology, Native Americans, Native cultures of the South Pacific, Amazonia and Africa. Tribal Arts. Courses Taught: Introduction to Cultural, Physical and Archaeological Anthropology, Native Americans, Anthropology of Religion, Ancient Civilizations of the New World, California Indians and Laboratory Methods in Physical Anthropology.