Anthropology Department

Kelly L. Jenks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Gender & Women's Studies Program

Office: 277 Center of Southwest Studies
Phone: 970-247-7273
Office hours (winter 2012): Tuesday 12:15-2:15, Thursday 4:30-6:30


Kelly L. Jenks earned her B.A. at Cornell University, double-majoring in anthropology and archaeology with a concentration in American Indian Studies, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. She has over a decade’s worth of experience in archaeology, participating in both academic research and cultural resource management projects, and is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). Her primary area of expertise is the historical archaeology of the American Southwest and Southern Plains, and her current research focuses on cross-cultural contacts between New Mexican and Plains Indian populations and the construction and material expression of social identity.

Dr. Jenks has worked on archaeological projects in prehistoric and historical-period contexts in the Mediterranean region, northeastern United States, and especially the southwestern states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  She also has considerable experience in laboratory and archival settings, having inventoried and analyzed numerous archaeological collections, conducted historical research in advance of various archaeological research projects, and contributed to the translations of many Spanish colonial documents. Her research and training have been supported, at various times, by the Jacob E. Javits Fellowship and by grants from the School for American Research, Latin American and Iberian Institute, SRI Foundation, and others.


Dr. Jenks presently teaches Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 151), World Archaeology (ANTH 171), Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 201), Archaeological Lab Techniques (ANTH 320/403), Archaeology of Social Identity (ANTH 349: Topics in Social Archaeology), Historical Archaeology (ANTH 390), and Advanced Research in the Anthropology of Gender (ANTH 455). Syllabi for these classes can be found on MOODLE during the semester they are being offered.


FLC Department of Anthropology Archaeological Field School

FLC Cultural Resource Management Certificate Program

Four Corners Lecture Series

Society of American Archaeology

Society of Historical Archaeology