Ph.D. in Anthropology, Tulane University
B.A. in History, Mississippi University for Women

Academic Experience: 

1989 Instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.

1983 Visiting Professor, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA.

1977-81 Assistant Professor, Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ.

1977 Visiting Lecturer, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

1975-77 Associate Professor (Adjunct), Bridgewater State College,
Bridgewater, MA.

1971-75 Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

1968-71 Instructor, Ripon College, Ripon, WI.

I was born on a farm in Mississippi and grew up in small southern towns in the 1940s and 1950s. At the Mississippi University for Women, I majored in history, and on graduation went to Tulane University where I pursued my childhood dream of studying archaeology. As I earned my Doctor of Philosophy degree in anthropology at Tulane, my perspective broadened and the lenses through which I saw the world took on many sizes and tints, all of which have made life very interesting.

Over the past thirty years I have carried out archaeological field research in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, and have made other types of anthropological studies in Indonesia, East Africa, Australia, Polynesia, and South America. I have special interests in Mesoamerican civilization, particularly the Maya, and in Native American art. The teaching of anthropology has been the focus and perhaps the most important aspect of my career, and I taught at several different colleges and universities before becoming part of the SRJC faculty in 1989. I believe I am one of those very fortunate people who has been able to make a living doing something I love.

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

Member of:

American Anthropological Association
Society for American Archaeology

Presentations and Publications: 

NATIVE AMERICAN ART AND CULTURE: A WORKBOOK. Revised Edition. Pearson Custom Publishing. 2008.

JESSE PETER MUSEUM WEB SITE: "" Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa. 1999.

A GUIDE TO THE COLLECTIONS OF THE JESSE PETER NATIVE AMERICAN ART MUSEUM. Jesse Peter Native American Art Museum, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa. 1994.

A GUIDE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO THE JESSE PETER NATIVE AMERICAN ART MUSEUM. Jesse peter Native American Art Museum, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa. 1993.

NATIVE AMERICAN ART: CULTURE AREA SURVEY AND WORKBOOK FOR ANTHROPOLOGY 43. Desktop published text for students at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa. 1992.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUTIAPA, GUATEMALA. Middle American Research Institute Publication 55, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1989. (Co-authored with Robert Wauchope.)

"Ceramic Nomenclature for Pottery from the Department of Jutiapa, Guatemala." CERAMICA DE CULTURA MAYA ET AL, No. 15. Laboratory of Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia. 1988.

"La ceramica de Jutiapa: informe preliminar." Report filed with the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia, Guatemala City, Guatemala. 1984.

"Archaeological Evidence for Mesoamerican Folk Religion in the Lake Chapala Basin, Jalisco, Mexico". In, Codex Wauchope - Festschrift for Robert Wauchope, published as Volume 12, HUMAN MOSAIC, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1978.

Comment on "On the Alleged Diffusion of Hindu Divine Symbols into Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: A Critique" by Balaji Mundkur. CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY, Volume 19, Number 3. 1978.

"Prepare for the Iceman Cometh: The Employment Issue in Anthropology." ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, Volume 50, Number 4. 1977. (Co-authored with Franklin Graham.)


RESOURCE GUIDE FOR HUMANKIND EMERGING. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1976.

Review of "Jmetic Lubton: Some Modern and Pre-Hispanic Ceremonial Customs in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico," by Thomas A. Lee, Jr. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, Volume 77, Number 1. 1975.

Review of "The Civilization of the Mayas," by J.E.S. Thompson. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, Volume 77, Number 1. 1975.

THE ARCHEOLOGY OF LAKE CHAPALA, JALISCO, MEXICO. Ph.D. dissertation, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1971.

Honors and Awards: 

Scholastic Honor Societies:

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (1964)
Phi Alpha Theta, Honor Society in History (1963)
Phi Gamma Mu, Social Science Honor Society (1963)
Recipient of THE GOLDEN KEY (1964)


Recipient of the 1997 SRJC Academic Senate Award for Outstanding Contributions for Publications.
Recipient of the 2009 SRJC Academic Senate Award for Sabbatical Leave Project


"The speech of insects
and the speech of men
are heard
with different ears."

"Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves...."
Chief Seattle (1788-1866)