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Anne Chambers

Emeritus Faculty,


Anne Chambers continues her decades-long research partnership with Tuvalu, especially its Nanumean community.  Her current ethnographic research focuses on changes related to globalization and development pressures, and she is collaborating with Keith Chambers to repatriate ethnographic materials via a community-accessible website.  Since 2008, she has assisted with the University of Auckland (New Zealand) interdisciplinary project, The Political Ecology of Tuberculosis, a policy-oriented study contrasting the experiences of two trans-migrant Polynesian communities.  She also continues to make ethnographic visits to Italy to support teaching and research interests in peasant society, history and cross-cultural experience. She teaches Pacific Cultures, Ritual and Religion, and other classes for Anthropology and International Studies.

Phone: 552-6763

Office: TA 216



Jean Maxwell

Emeritus Faculty,


Jean Maxwell has engaged in applied work with urban Indian organizations for over two decades. She presented a paper, “Urban Indians in the Western United States: Longitudinal Comparison of Intertribal Organizations and Initiatives in the Southern Oregon Region,” at the 2010 meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She provides research and program support to SOURCE and Konaway Nika Tillicum. Jean teaches Ethnographic Methods, Native North America, and other classes for Anthropology, Sociology, and Native American Studies.

Phone: 552-6760

Office: TA 019A



Mark Tveskov



Mark Tveskov directs the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, where he works with students and staff on applied archaeological projects, including development of an important Native American village near Port Orford into a state park and public archaeology at the Peter Britt homestead in Jacksonville. Tveskov and his students regularly present papers at archeology conferences. His recent publications include an article on Native women and cultural survival in Northwest coast societies, a contribution to a volume on the archaeology of the Oregon coast, and a forthcoming chapter about indigenous archaeology. Mark teaches Archeology and Pre-history, Anthropological Perspectives on the Native American Frontier, and other classes for Anthropology, Native American Studies, and Environmental Studies.

Phone: 552-6345

Office: TA 230



Jim Phillips

Adjunct Professor, 


James Phillips conducts fieldwork in Nicaragua and Honduras on human rights, violence, and development. He has recently published on postwar reparations and reconciliation in Nicaragua, environmental inequality and human rights in Honduras, and post-colonial emergence and sugar plantation workers in Jamaica. He is currently writing a book on the evolution of a culture of popular resistance and human rights in Honduras. Jim teaches Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, American Culture, and other classes for Anthropology and International Studies.

Phone: 552-6133

Office: Ta 120



Jessica Piekielek

Associate Professor and

Program Coordinator


Jessica Piekielek is a cultural and environmental anthropologist who works in Latin America and the U.S. Her recent publications include articles on cooperatives and development in Latin America. Jessica teaches Cultures of Mexico, Global Environmental Movements, and other classes for Anthropology, International Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Phone: 552-6599

Office: TA 222



Wesley Leonard

Associate Professor

Native American Studies

Wesley Leonard devoted his career to the reclamation of Native American languages and has worked with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and other tribes on language revitalization. His recent publications include articles on “sleeping languages,” language empowerment, and collaborative research. Wesley teaches Linguistic Anthropology, American Indian Identities, and other classes for Anthropology, International Studies, English, and Native American Studies. Wesley holds an appointment in Native American Studies.

Phone: 552-8256

Office: TA 19B


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Chelsea Rose

Adjunct Professor and

Research Archeologist


Chelsea is an historical archaeologist whose research interests focus on the early settlement and development of the American west. Chelsea’s recent work has included sites such as the Jacksonville Chinese Quarters, the homestead of frontier photographer Peter Britt, the native Hawaiian mining camp of Kanaka Flat, and the Historic Applegate Trail. Chelsea is a staff archaeologist with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, and works with students on both research and cultural resource management projects, and involves students in the process of education of interpretation of archaeology though community outreach and public archaeology events.  

Phone: 541-552-6764

Office: TA 230