OKLAHOMA ANTHROPOLGICAL SOCIETY

 

 

Speakers Bureau:

Contact & Information Packet

 

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Last update: November 2014

 

OAS SPEAKERS BUREAU

 







Instructions for use:

This contact sheet is for the purpose of aiding OAS chapters in connecting with potential speakers across the state of Oklahoma. These speakers come from all sub-disciplines of anthropology (i.e. cultural, archaeological, linguistic, and biological) and from all realms of anthropological work (academic, federal, state, tribal, contract). In establishing this list of speakers and presentation topics, it is our hope that all OAS chapters can bring in interesting speakers for their meetings, thereby bolstering relationships between the Society and working anthropologists, as well as promoting the Society in their communities.

 

Each of the individuals on this contact sheet has volunteered to speak at chapter meetings. The profiles include contact information, brief research descriptions, and presentation topics are listed. If your chapter is interested in inviting a speaker to your meeting, it is suggested that you give the speaker at least 2 weeks advanced notice. It is also suggested that efforts in advertising be made, such as fliers and emails to your chapter members.

 

We also ask that the chapter member coordinating the event send an email (to sastutts@ou.edu) that gives the speaker’s name, presentation topic, date of presentation, and a brief assessment of the event (this assessment will be kept private. In this way, we can keep track of who is being asked, where they are going, and when they are going so that we can keep track of how the Speakers Bureau is being used. A list of engagements will be added to each profile.

 

The profiles will be updated as new speakers volunteer and as we receive each assessment.
Kermyt G. Anderson

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Associate Professor of Anthropology

kganders@ou.edu

405-325-9179

 

Academic Background: Biological anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Fatherhood; demography; evolution of human behavior

 

Current Research: paternity/nonpaternity; stepfathers; voluntary sterilization; diabetes; demography

 

Presentation Topics:

1) What’s sex got to do with it? Cross cultural perspectives on where babies come from

 

2) Who’s your daddy? Evolutionary perspectives on human fatherhood, and whether paternity matters

 

3) Why do men invest in children? Stepfathers, child support, and other evolutionary puzzles


Dr. Brian Andrews

Claremore OK

Rogers State, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences

918-343-7684

bandrews@rsu.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: North American Hunter-Gatherers, Paleoindians, Lithic Technology, Spatial Analysis, Site Formation/Geoarchaeology, Conservation and Public Archaeology, Paleoanthropology

 

Current Research:

1) Gunnison Basin CO: Excavations (completed as of 2011) and analysis of the Mountaineer Folsom site and other Paleoindian age Rocky Mountain sites from southern Colorado.

 

2) Goodson Rock Shelter, OK:  Newly begun and ongoing excavations of a multi-component rock-shelter in Craig County, OK.  Deeply stratified deposits date from Clovis through late Woodland.

 

3) Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: Focus on late Lower Paleolithic and Middle Paleolithic raw material transport and hominin landscape use.  This project will begin summer 2014.

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The Mountaineer Site and Folsom occupation of the Rocky Mountains.  This site contains evidence for extensive residential, overwinter occupation of the southern Rocky Mountains, with multiple Folsom age “houses” consisting of stone ring bases and aspen-pole superstructures.

 

2) Current fieldwork and research at Goodson Shelter, Craig County, OK:  early Paleoindian occupation of the eastern prairie/western woodland ecotone.

 

3) Lower to Middle Paleolithic hominin raw material usage and landscape archaeology at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.  This project is slated to begin summer 2014 (pending funding) so a presentation wouldn’t be feasible until spring 2015 at the earliest.


Lee Bement

Norman OK

Oklahoma Archeological Survey

lbement@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Bison kills, Paleoindians, Oklahoma Archaeology

 

Current Research: Changes annually

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Oklahoma Bison Kills

 

2) Paleoindians

 

3) Recent work in Oklahoma Archaeology

 


Shane M. Bess

Graduate Research Assistant, Archaeology Collections, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

smbess@ou.edu

(417) 569-0603

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: paleoethnobotany, cognized landscapes, ideology

 

Current Research: meaningful deposition in prehistoric Caddo refuse pits

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The Archaeobotany of the Cobb Site: A Window into Central Plains Tradition Agricultural Practice in Northwest Missouri (I previously presented on this at the 2013 Plains Anthropological Conference.)

 

2) Dialectical interpretive models for cognized landscapes. See my blog post here: http://lastglacialmaximum.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/ideologies-and-earthlodges-a-dialectical-model-for-the-interpretation-of-cognized-landscapes/

 

3) In progress research regarding the use of pit features at prehistoric sites in the central plains and southeast.    

 

 


Lucas Bessire, Assistant Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology

lucas.bessire@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Sociocultural Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Indigeneity in the Americas, Documentary Film, Anthropology of Energy        

 

Current Research:

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Indigeneity in the Americas

 

2) Ethnographic Documentary Film

 

3) Anthropology of Energy


Jessica Blanchard, PhD; Lecturer/Hampton Faculty Fellow

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology

jessicawalker@ou.edu

(405) 325-6936

 

Academic Background: Cultural/Medical/Applied Anthropology

 

Areas of Academic Interest:  Native North America

 

Current Research: Public Perspectives and Experience Regarding Genetic Ancestry Testing in Freedmen and Tribal Communities in Oklahoma; Indigenous Health Disparities; Native Christianity/Indian Baptist Mission Work in Oklahoma; Food Sovereignty Issues

 

Presentation Topics:

1) “Testing the Waters: Navigating Contested Ideas About DNA Ancestry Testing in Indigenous and Other Historically Exploited Communities."

 

2) “Challenging Insignificance: Native-led Church Planting in Oklahoma.”

 

3)“'To and From the Sorriest of Lands': Contests Over the Norman Dam Project in an Absentee Shawnee Community"


Lita Briscoe

Norman OK

Bison Archeological Consulting Services, Inc.

GIS Technician and Administrative Director

lita@bisonarcheology.com

405-329-5425

 

Academic Background: History with a teaching option from NCSU

 

Areas of Interest: Early 20th Century history

 

Current Research: Depression Era farmsteads in Oklahoma

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Teaching as a Facilitator: Keeping Students Engaged with Teaching the Social Sciences

 

2) Using GIS Technology for Archeology

 

3) The Great Depression in Oklahoma (research still in progress)


Kent J. Buehler

Norman OK

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Archeologist III/Lab Manager

kbuehler@ou.edu

405-325-7211

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Plains, faunal, forensic archaeology

 

Current Research: Various forensic cases, skeletal analysis

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Forensic archaeology

 

2) Bison kills

 

3) Faunal analysis, prehistoric dogs in Oklahoma


Kristen A. Carlson, M.A.

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Ph.D. Candidate

K.Carlson@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Paleoindian large game hunting

 

Current Research: Comparison of Northern and Southern Plains bison kills

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The Development of Paleoindian Large Scale Bison Kills: A comparison of Northwestern to Southern Plains arroyo traps.

 

2) Prehistoric Bison Procurement: Human Agency and Drive Lane Topography on the Northwestern Plains

 

3) Bison Across the Holocene: What did Calf Creek Hunters Hunt?


Suzette Vontell Chang, Graduate Student

Oklahoma City OK

University of Oklahoma

vontell@ou.edu

(405) 343-8171

 

Academic Background: Sociocultural anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Identity, Race, Religion, Social and Critical Theory

 

Current Research: Cultural, Language and Ethnic Identity in Oklahoma

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Fieldwork

 

2) Race and Language Identity in Oklahoma

 

3) Resources available to non-traditional students


Derrell Cox II, M.A.

Norman OK

Graduate Instructor, University of Oklahoma

Derrell.cox@ou.edu

405-413-5969

 

Academic Background: Medical Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Sexual health

 

Current Research: Promoting biopsychosocial sexual health in the Southern Plains communities, biopsychosocial health in alternative sexualities communities

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Ethnohistorical Sexualities

 

2) Alternative Sexualities

 

3) Medicalization of Sexualities

 

 


Sean G. Dolan, M.A., R.P.A.

Norman OK

Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

sgdolan@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: U.S. Southwest/northern Mexico archaeology

 

Current Research: Obsidian sourcing and procurement in southwestern New Mexico from A.D. 550-1450.

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Black Rocks at Black Mountain: Obsidian Sourcing Results from LA 49

 

2) Mimbres Beyond the Mimbres Valley: Interpretations from Obsidian Sourcing

 

3) A Critical Examination of the Bone Pathology on KNM-ER 1808, a 1.6 Million Year Old Homo erectus from Koobi Fora, Kenya

 

 


Dr. Kristin L. Dowell

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Associate Professor of Anthropology

kdowell@ou.edu

405-802-7365

 

Academic Background: Cultural and visual anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Visual anthropology, indigenous media, politics of representation, indigeneity and sovereignty, cultural policy, ethnographic film/video production, anthropology of media, anthropology of art, political economy of arts funding, feminist anthropology, Native North America, and Canada.

 

Current Research: Exploring the social history and contemporary practice of Aboriginal experimental film and media art in Canada with an analysis of the role of artist-run centres as spaces of intercultural artistic collaboration and reconciliation between Aboriginal artists and non-Aboriginal interlocutors.

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Visual Sovereignty in Native American and Indigenous Media

 

2) Ethnographic Video Production: Documenting Cultural Heritage

 

3) Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium—Bringing Native films, voices and stories to Oklahoma


Richard Drass, Research Faculty

Noble OK

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma

rdrass@ou.edu

405-325-7246

 

Academic Background: Archaeology PhD

 

Areas of Interest: Subsistence – Paleoethnobotany and Faunal studies, Remote Sensing, Wichita prehistory/history

 

Current Research: Protohistoric and Historic Wichita archeology – fortifications

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Wichita warfare 1500-1850 – evidence from protohistoric and early historic sites

 

2) Southern Plains Villagers and their use of crops and other plants in Oklahoma

 

3) Finding and Studying plants from archeological sites


Marjy Duncan, PhD

Norman OK

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Archaeologist III, Research Faculty

mduncan@ou.edu

405-325-7202

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: U.S. Southern Plains: Late Prehistoric to Clovis

 

Current Research: Calf Creek foragers (6000 ybp)

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Antelope Creek phase in the Oklahoma panhandle (A.D. 1200-1500)   

 

2) Calf Creek foragers in Oklahoma (6000 ybp)

 

3) Clovis cache in Caddo County, Oklahoma   


Samuel Duwe, Assistant Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology

duwe@ou.edu

520-904-1745

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Landscape, religion, ritual, cosmology, ceramics, social change

 

Current Research: Exploring modern Pueblo ethnogenesis in northern New Mexico

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The evolution and formation of modern Pueblo society

 

2) Identifying and interpreting ritual landscapes

 

3) Examining the past through both archaeology and indigenous oral histories


Dr. Barker Fariss

Tulsa and Pawhuska OK

Osage Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Archaeologist

bfariss@osagenation-nsn.gov

 

Academic Background: Archaeologist

 

Areas of Interest: Historic Preservation

 

Current Research: Prehistory of the Southern Plains, Mississippian period settlement on the west side of the Mississippi River, and migration and culture contact.

 

Presentation topics:

1) Geophysical Investigations at Sugarloaf Mound in St. Louis MO

 

2) Settlement Pattern Studies in the Information Age

 

3) Historic Preservation Law and Process

 

 


Dr. Scott Hammerstedt, Research Faculty

Norman OK

Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma

swh@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Late Prehistoric (AD1000-1500) Southeastern and Midwestern US, archaeological remote sensing, experimental archaeology

 

Current Research: Geophysical survey, excavations, and analysis of collections from mound sites in eastern Oklahoma, including Spiro

 

Presentation topics:

1) Late prehistoric occupation of eastern Oklahoma and Mississippian sites in the Southeast/Midwest, including Spiro, Moundville, and Cahokia

 

2) Remote sensing in archaeology

 


Tassie Katherine Hirschfeld, Associate Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Anthropology

tkhirschfeld@ou.edu

405-325-7462

 

 Academic Background: Medical anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: political economy of health, post-socialism, infectious disease, public health in failed and failing states

 

Current Research: Just completed a new book (Gangster-States: Organized Crime, Kleptocracy, Collapse) that re-examines the political economy of the immediate post-Soviet period (see attached cover from Palgrave—will be released in spring 2015).  The next book will explore the relationship of this alternative model of political economy to outbreaks of emerging infectious disease.  Example:  the amplification of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa is a legacy of the civil war and state collapse of the 1990s.

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The evolution of infectious disease:  where new diseases come from, and how they threaten public health

 

2) Environmental Health in Oklahoma History:  Records from the Miner’s Health Clinic in Picher, Oklahoma

 

3) The Politics of Contraband in Early Twentieth Century Cuba: Gulf Coast Smuggling Cartels and Instability in the early Twentieth Century.

 

**Note: I will have very limited availability until Fall 2016


Ryan E. Howell, Archaeologist

Tulsa OK

United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Oklahoma Field Office

520-979-6496

rhowell@blm.gov

 

Academic Background: Archaeology, BA from OU, Master’s from U of Arizona

 

Areas of Interest: Prehistoric agricultural technologies, paleoethnobotany, adobe architecture, Section 106 and 110 of NHPA

 

Current Research: Several relating to Section 106 of NHPA

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Prehistoric Hunting Technology Demonstration – I have several atlatls and darts and have an interactive demonstration that is very successful and entertaining.

 

2) I can speak extensively on the archaeology of the prehistoric US Southwest/NW Mexico where I did most of my graduate work. I have a fun and interesting talk on witches in the SW as well.

 

3) I could also speak on the trials and tribulations of working as an archaeologist for the federal government in an agency that is tasked with permitting development while balancing preservation.

 

 


Lori L. Jervis, PhD, Associate Professor

Norman OK

Center for Applied Social Research, Anthropology

lori.jervis@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Psychiatric Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Gerontology, Human-Animal Interactions (anthrozoology)         

 

Current Research: Dogs and Children on a Northern Plains Reservation, the Food Environment in a Southcentral Plains Tribal Community

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Roaming dogs in the reservation context

 

2) Native elder mistreatment (abuse, neglect, financial exploitation)

 

3) Primary health care providers’ perspectives on mental health care in the rural clinic setting


Keith Kleszynski, M.A., PhD Candidate

Oklahoma City OK

University of Oklahoma

KeithK@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Cultural Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Anthropology of sport, active living, identity, migration, transnational communities, anthropology as humanistic philosophical system, gender and sexuality, Latin American ethnicity, American Indian ethnicity, Polish-American Ethnicity.

 

Current Research: Ethnographic research on Latino migrant recreational ftbol leagues in Oklahoma City, OK

 

Presentation Topics:

1) “We wear Arsenal, but we are Deportivo Hidalgo:” Jerseys, Team Names, and Senses of Place in Latino Recreational Fύtbol Leagues in Oklahoma City

 

2) A Tradition Unlike Any Other: Latino Migrants and Fύtbol

 

3) Casa, Calle, and Fύtbol: La Liga Latina y Americana in Oklahoma City

 

 


Kelly LaFramboise, Ph.D. Student

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma

oukellyL@ou.edu

(773) 655-9143

 

Academic Background: Cultural Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: intersectionality, racism, privilege, negotiated and contested identities (specifically masculinities), alternative identity, appropriated identity, German and Oglala cultures, ethnohistory, landscape and materiality of identity and appropriation, Myth and Memory, World’s Fairs (1893 and 1903), Colonization and contact, mediated identities

 

Current Research: Dissertation topic: Analysis of Der Indianer Discourses Past and Present – German fascination with Oglala culture; German men negotiating their masculinities based on a historical interpretation of Oglala gender; European imaginations of Oglala culture; appropriated masculinity

 

Secondary Project: Online discourse analysis of Disney fanatics – negotiated identities and alternative constructions of identity rooted in Disney discourses; maintained community boundaries; and landscape/materiality of a secular American pilgrimage destination (Walt Disney World)

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Racism/Privilege (specifically in Native American communities)

 

2) German fascination with Native American culture

 

3) Rez-ball (Native American basketball), Native American appropriation of Black American culture (thug” and “gangsta” rap/hip-hop)

 


Shawn Lambert, M.A.

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, PhD Student

splambert@ou.edu

405-686-3975

 

Academic Background: Archaeology, concentration in Southeastern archaeology and scientific illustration

 

Areas of Interest: Southeastern United States, primarily with the Choctaw and Caddo

 

Current Research: Native American studies concerning social inequalities, complexity, prehistoric ceramics, and the continuity of Native American cultures as well as their material culture

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Pre- and Post-Removal Choctaw (archaeology and/or history)

 

2) Caddo, the Spiro site

 

3) General Archaeological Discussion

 

4) Ceramic Technologies (style, function, symbolism)

 

5) Archaeological Illustrations

 

 


Lamont Lindstrom

Tulsa OK

University of Tulsa Dept. of Anthropology, Kendall Professor of Anthropology

lamont-lindstrom@utulsa.edu

(918) 631-2888

 

Academic Background: Cultural anthropology/linguistics

 

Areas of Interest: South Pacific, ethnohistory, sociolinguistics

 

Current Research:

1) Urban migration/Melanesia

2) Vanuatu culture and history

3) Austronesian naming systems

4) Pacific personhood

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Kava (Piper methysticum) and other traditional drug substances

 

2) Pacific War ethnohistory

 

3) Martin and Osa Johnson (early ethnographic/wildlife photographers from Kansas)

 


Ali Livesay, M.A.

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, PhD Student

Alison.K.Livesay-1@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology, Southwestern Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Prehistoric Mimbres archaeology (burials, iconography and ceramics), material expression of esoteric knowledge, construction of cultural landscape, mortuary practices, architecture and its relationship with cosmology, ritual leaders and social ordering/complexity, ceramics and technological style, the Pithouse-to-Pueblo Transition in the Southwest, Mesoamerican interactions with the Southwest, trade and exchange

 

Current Research:

1) The Value of Spatial and Spiritual Distance and Its Relationship to Esoteric Knowledge Acquisition in the Mimbres Region (Dissertation)

2) Side project: experimentation with ceramic firing technology and style

 

Presentation Topics:

1) General Prehistoric Mimbres Culture in SW New Mexico or mortuary practices in the Southwest

 

2) Ceramic Technology and Experimental Archaeology

 

3) General Archaeological Discussion (i.e. social ordering/social complexity, examples of agency in prehistory, gender)


Patrick Livingood, Associate Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma

patrickl@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Archaeology of Caddo, Late prehistory of Eastern US

 

Current Research: Spiro

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Archaeology of Spiro, Eastern Oklahoma, Ceramics

 

2) Politics and Political Organization in the past
Allison Mann, M.A.

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, PhD Student

allison.e.mann@ou.edu

(502) 548-7196

 

Academic Background: Molecular anthropology

 

Areas of Academic Interest: Microbiomes, parasitism, human-pathogen co evolution, bioinformatics

 

Current Research: Gene length variation project, the nasal microbiome and asthma state

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Zoonoses and Anthroponoses

 

2) Using specific bioinformatic tools to understand ancient microbiome states

 

3) Human, parasites, and health

 


Dr. Kimberly J. Marshall, Assistant Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma

kjm@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Sociocultural anthropology

 

Areas of Academic Interest: Navajos, Global Pentecostalism, Anthropology of Religion, Expressive Culture

 

Current Research: Same as above

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Navajo Culture/Religious Change

 

2) Native American Expressive Culture (Folklore, Music, Poetry, Representation

 

3) Global Pentecostalism


Judy Medlin, Graduate Student (MA)

Newalla OK

OAS Member, OU student

Judy.A.Medlin-1@ou.edu

405-684-0500

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: High Plains, Wyoming

 

Current Research: Late Archaic and faunal material of the Laddie Creek site, Wyoming (Thesis)

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Morocco, 45 years ago: A Tale of Three Shoes. I lived in Morocco for 2 years (1968-1970) and have many wonderful memories as well as some beautiful items that I purchased while there. I bring many of these to the presentations, including women’s clothing. This power-point presentation began as a linguistic paper on “gesture” as a means of communication. I’ve redone it to include a quick picture of Morocco as I knew it, plus the experience of buying shoes when neither of us spoke the other’s language. I presented this to the OKC chapter Fall 2013. I can squeeze or stretch this to about any length desired (30 minutes to 1+ hours).

 


Julie Morgan, PhD Student

Norman OK

Anthropology Department, University of Oklahoma

juliet.morgan@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Linguistic Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Language revitalization, language documentation and description, Chickasaw, Plains Apache, Native American language education

 

Current Research: Chickasaw learners’ speech, Plains Apache classificatory verbs, Native American languages in higher education

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Language Endangerment/Revitalization in North America

 

2) Language Endangerment/Revitalization in Oklahoma

 

3) Reawakening Sleeping Languages (revitalizing languages with no living speakers)

 

 


Sean O’Neill

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology

sean.p.o’neill-1@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Linguistic Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: The poetics and politics of language

 

Current Research: Language and music; Ponca language renewal

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The Role of Music in Language Renewal

 

2) How culture is expressed in everyday language use

 

3) Why linguistic diversity matters in the modern world

 

**Note: I will not be available to speak until Fall 2015


Ivan Ozbolt, PhD Candidate

Norman OK

Anthropology Department, University of Oklahoma

ivan.ozbolt@ou.edu

405-426-5187

 

Academic Background: Linguistic Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Language revitalization

 

Current Research: Dissertation research on Chickasaw language attitudes and language revitalization

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The Chickasaw Language Survey: a collaborative project to investigate language attitudes in the Chickasaw Nation

 

2) Language Learning and Ideologies in Chickasaw Language Programs

 

 


Dr. Stephen Perkins

Stillwater OK

OSU

405-744-5780

stephen.perkins@okstate.edu

 

 


Mel Phillips

Oklahoma City

Avocational archaeologist

phillips141@cox.net

(405) 990-6013

 

Academic Background: non-academic

 

Current Research: Little Skin Bayou surface survey

 

Presentation Topics:

1) The Little Skin Bayou Survey (presented at Fall 2014 OAS meeting)

 

2) Surface Survey Techniques that help you complete your own research project

 


Robert B. Pickering, Ph.D.

Sand Springs OK

Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Museum Science & Management program, University of Tulsa

Adjunct Curator, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

bob-pickering@utulsa.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology, forensic anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Museology, human osteology, paleopathology, mortuary behavior studies, authentication and recontextualization of artifacts

 

Current Research: Analysis of hollow ceramic figures from West Mexico

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Examining and understanding ancient ceramic figures from West Mexico

 

2) Determining authenticity on ancient ceramic figures from West Mexico

 

3) Bison and human interaction in North America

 

4) The use of forensic anthropology

 


Bonnie Pitblado

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Robert E. and Virginia Bell Professor of Anthropological Archaeology

bonnie.pitblado@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Paleoindian Archaeology (field work area:  the Rocky Mountains, although my students are starting to work in the high country of OK as well); Peopling of the New World; chipped stone tool analysis; public archaeology; museum anthropology.

 

Current Research: Active research programs in the Gunnison Basin, CO and SE Idaho/Northern Utah. Students starting research programs in far western and far eastern Oklahoma.

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Peopling of the New World (various topics possible)

 

2) Paleoindian archaeology (various topics possible)

 

3) Various other things… I’m open to suggestions


Kellie J. Poolaw, Tribal Historic Preservation Office Director

Pawnee OK

Pawnee Nation

918-762-3227

kelliej@pawneenation.org

 

Academic Background: Public Relations

 

Areas of Interest: PR/Journalism/Criminal Justice

 

Current Research: Cemetery Remediation

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Educational Outreach

 

2) Community Involvement

 

 


Dr. Asa Randall

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma, Anthropology, Assistant Professor

ar@ou.edu

(405) 325-4456

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Hunter-gatherers, monumentality, remote sensing

 

Current Research: Shell Mounds of the St. Johns River, Ancient History of Florida, History of Archaeology.  https://portfolio.ou.edu/users/rand5175/web/PROJECTS.html

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Climate Change, past and present

 

2) Hunter-gatherer monument construction

 

3) Archaic societies


Taylor Smith, Graduate Student

Norman OK

Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

smith.taylor@ou.edu

817-487-9270

 

Academic Background: Sociocultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Education

 

Areas of Interest: Latin American Studies; Ethnicity; Identity; Anthropology of Education; Higher Education; Ethnographic Methodology; Gender; Mexico/US Borderlands; Urban Anthropology; Transnationalism and Diaspora Studies

 

Current Research: Academic Performance and Construction of “Success” Ideology among Hispanic College Students (Thesis Research)

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Hispanic Students in Higher Education

 

2) Implications of “Illegality” for both migrants and citizens

 

3) “It’s not about Beauty!” Ethnic Beauty Pageants as Cultural Phenomena and Agency

 

 


Dr. Daniel Swan

Norman OK

Sam Noble Museum, Professor and Curator, Ethnology

dcswan@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Sociocultural Anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: Native North America, 20th Century, religion and art

 

Current Research:

1) Publication (book) and exhibition, Osage Weddings: Giving While Keeping in collaboration with the Osage Tribal Museum.

 

2) Ethnobotany of Big Moon Peyotism- currently working on a range of purgatives associated with the traditional sweat lodge ceremony

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Native American Religion in Oklahoma         

 

2) Painting a New Battle Tipi- The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society  

 

3) “That Oklahoma Style”: Material Culture, Art and Culture Change
Ian Thompson, THPO, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Coleman OK

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

ithompson@choctawnation.com

1-800-522-6170 ext. 2216

 

Academic Background: Archaeology/Native American Studies

 

Areas of Interest: Choctaw history and traditional culture

 

Current Research: Revitalizing Choctaw traditional ceramics, hide-tanning, archery equipment, and clothing, Choctaw plant names and uses, and ancient Choctaw foodways

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Chahta Lukfi Atoba Ikbit Himonachi: Revitalizing Choctaw Pottery

 

2) Chahta Imillimpa: Choctaw Traditional Food

 

3) Chahta Tvlhkochi: Choctaw Hide-Tanning

    Chahta Itvlhko Shulush: Choctaw Moccasins

    Chahta Okla: The Choctaw People

 

The above are titles of completed presentations, viewable at www.choctawnationculture.com


Susan Vehik

Norman OK

Univeristy of Oklahoma, Professor

svehik@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Archaeology

 

Areas of Interest: Trade, social complexity, conflict, Native American/European interaction

 

Current Research: Field research at Bryson-Paddock and Longest sites on trade, Native American/European interaction, and conflict.  Research on early Wichita social and political organization in central Kansas.

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Mother Moon, Father Sun and the Little River Focus Council Circles of Central Kansas

 

2) Prehistoric Origins of Plains War Societies

 

3) Native Americans and European Contact 1540-1760


Dr. Christina Warinner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Presidential Research Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma

christina.warinner@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Biological anthropology

 

Areas of Interest: human microbiome, ancient DNA, ancient diet

 

Current Research:

·         Structure and Diversity of the Human Microbiome in Indigenous Communities

·         Evolution and Ecology of the Human Oral Microbiome

·         Origins of Dairying

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Ancient Human Microbiomes

 

2) Evolution of Human Diet

 

3) Milk: Lactose Intolerance and the Origins of Dairying

 

**Note: I will not be available to give a talk until Fall 2015.


Racquel-María Yamada, PhD, Assistant Professor

Norman OK

University of Oklahoma

racquel@ou.edu

 

Academic Background: Linguistics

 

Areas of Interest: Endangered languages documentation, description, preservation, and revitalization; Cariban languages

 

Current Research: Documentation and revitalization of Kari'nja (a Cariban language of Suriname)

 

Presentation Topics:

1) Community-collaborative linguistic fieldwork models         

 

2) Endangered language revitalization  

 

3) Linguistics of Cariban languages