Anthropology (323) 343-2440

Raquel Ackerman
Emerita Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., University of Cambridge-King’s College
Contact: (323) 343-2444
E-mail: rackerm@calstatela.edu

  • Linguistics
  • South America

Beth Baker-Cristales
Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Contact: (323) 343-2443
E-mail: bbakerc@calstatela.edu

  • Immigration
  • Immigrant Rights Movement
  • Latin America
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Social movements
  • Urban anthropology
  • Applied anthropology
  • Gender and sexuality cross-culturally

Fluent in: Spanish.


James Brady
Professor of Anthropology; M.A., Cal State LA, Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-2024
E-mail: jbrady@calstatela.edu

  • Mesoamerican cave archaeology
  • Cueva de Rio Talgua (Cave of the River Talgua) in Honduras
  • “The Cave of the Glowing Skulls”
  • Role of ideology in complex societies
  • Cultural landscapes and religion
  • Archaeological method and theory
  • History and development of the Olmec, Maya, Toltecs and Aztecs

Patricia Martz
Emerita Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., UC Riverside
Contact: (323) 343-2440
E-mail: pmartz@calstatela.edu

  • Prehistoric archaeology
  • California Indians
  • Cultural resource management
  • San Nicolas Island
  • Protection of historic and archaeological properties
  • Native American Graves Protection
  • Repatriation Act

Elizabeth Miller
Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Contact: (323) 343-2442
E-mail: emiller@calstatela.edu

  • Paleopathology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Skeletal biology
  • Disease ecology
  • European contact on Native Americans
  • Interpretation of disease in human skeletal remains
  • Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner forensic cases

ChorSwang Ngin
Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., UC Davis
Contact: (323) 343-2440
E-mail: cngin@calstatela.edu

  • Asian and Asian-American studies
  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • Southeast Asia
  • “Racialized” perspective of women’s studies
  • Women and economic development
  • Third World feminism
  • Research methodology
  • Ethnographic studies
  • Cultural beliefs
  • Islamic laws on inheritance
  • Living arrangements among Malays
  • Chinese and Indians in Malaysia

Fluent in: Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, Malay and Taiwanese.


Elliott Oring
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., Indiana University
Contact: (323) 343-2440
E-mail: eoring@calstatela.edu

  • Folklore
  • Humor
  • Cultural symbolism
  • Interpretation of modern joke cycles
  • Role of joking in inter-ethnic communication