Anthropology Department

Alumni Profiles

 

Kiara Glover, Class of 2015

Kiria GloverWhile earning my degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology from Fort Lewis, I found an immense love for the world and a desire to learn more about culture and human beings in general. After graduating in 2015, I traveled to Morocco and re-sparked my love for the world and wanting to know more about the places and the people in it. Recently, I began working for a high school travel company called Rustic Pathways. The same company that I traveled with on multiple occasion when I was in high school. Rustic Pathways take students on immersive and transformative community service, adventure, and education programs in 19 different countries all over the world. All of their community service programs work with local partnerships that the company has had for many years. Students get to work alongside local staff on meaningful service projects for both the student, and the local partnership. By working for Rustic Pathways, I now have the opportunity to share my love for the world and all of the incredible people and places in it with students, all while being able to travel to new places and experience these communities for myself. I am extraordinarily grateful for my education at Fort Lewis College, because it has allowed me to see the world through a lens of respect and admiration for all people, places, and culture and has allowed me to work in and see some truly incredible places.


Rita Austin, Class of 2014

Rita AustinThe liberal arts education I received at Fort Lewis College (FLC), and working with Dr. Dawn Mulhern, significantly broadened my thinking and professional repertoire. Fort Lewis allowed me to experience and expand my research interests in areas including comparative skeletal anatomy, osteology, and forensic anthropology. The FLC campus and professors provided a supportive and intimate learning experience, which prepared me for my graduate studies. Since graduating FLC in 2014, I am now pursuing my doctoral degree in Biological Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma concentrating on research of ancient DNA, molecular methodologies, human health, the oral microbiome (all the microbes that live on and inside the mouth), paleopathology and museum collections. My dissertation will utilize ancient calculus samples from the Smithsonian Institution for disease diagnoses, developing a public database, practicing sample preservation using 3D technology, and utilizing museum collections for ancient DNA research. Overall, my time at FLC has led me to learn and explore the world anthropologically.


Tyler Brickle, Class of 2014

Tyler BrickleSince graduating in 2014, I have gone on to the University of North Texas to work on my masters degree in applied anthropology focusing on business, technology, and design. I have worked for companies like Nissan and Pitney Bowes to help drive new designs for driverless cars and develop mobile applications. I currently work as a design and usability researcher at R&D insights in Minneapolis, helping to understand consumer insights into how people use products and websites. I often employ a qualitative method to understand how people think about and use products and websites, for large Fortune 500 companies.


 

 


Blythe Morrison (Blackfeet), Class of 2014

Blythe MorrisonI graduated December 16, 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a CRM certificate. I chose Fort Lewis because of its excellent opportunities for Native American undergraduates. At the time, I did not realize that my experience at Fort Lewis would shape my future and present the opportunity to discover my calling as a professional archaeologist.

I took part in my first field project at Ridges Basin in 2013 with the FLC Archaeological Field School. The next year, I was afforded the opportunity to take part in the University of Arizona REU program at Rock Art Ranch, funded by the National Science Foundation. After graduation, I worked as the lead survey archaeologist for the 2015 FLC Field School at Petrified Forest National Park.
    Many unexpected opportunities have unfolded as a result of my experience and training in the Fort Lewis College Anthropology program. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in anthropology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was a great honor to be selected as the first Ray Madden Scholar in research archaeology, an opportunity that has provided me a full scholarship.

My thesis research involves exploring the diversity of prehistoric human-avian interactions in the Four Corners region. Because it was the only animal domesticated in North America, the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo spp.) is the focal species of my research. I am examining the value of architectural context and symbolic representation in order to identify patterns in interspecies associations at Pueblo sites in the northern Southwest.


Nadia Neff, Class of 2013

Nadia Neff The anthropology degree I earned from Fort Lewis in 2013 prepared me for the many experiences I have encountered in the world of   anthropology and archaeology. Since graduating, I have gone on to earn a Master of Science degree in bioarchaeology from the University of York in the United Kingdom. Since beginning my graduate level education I have participated in archeological fieldwork at two significant sites, Star Carr and the Battle of Towton. I just recently finished my master’s level dissertation. In this, I developed a research project of my own creation based on fieldwork, lab-work, statistics and historical and scientific research and writing, based in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. This involved the developed of a rapid technique for the identification of human graves and sites of conflict through the use of conventional field techniques and the lab based technique of Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry. Due to the success of this project I am currently working to turn it into an academic paper for publication in the Journal of Conflict Archaeology. I am planning to continue my education to the Ph.D. level. Through the guidance, support and numerous opportunities, provided to me by the wonderful professors of the anthropology department (unheard of at larger undergraduate institutions), I was completely prepared for these next steps in my education and career. The anthropology program at Fort Lewis is truly first-rate, I would not be who I am, or where I am today without it. I am currently teaching several anthropology courses for Fort Lewis College during the 17-18 academic year.


Dana Hawkins, Class of 2012

Dana HawkinsMy experience as a recent Fort Lewis anthropology graduate (2012) working for the National Park Service has been rewarding in many aspects. I have had the opportunity to work in cultural resources for two years as an archaeological technician, and have now worked in natural resources for over a year as a biological technician. In both positions, all of the skills I developed as a student have been utilized. The opportunity to apply many anthropological concepts and research topics that are valuable to me is part of my daily routine at work. In addition to benefits to my career path, I feel confident that the skills necessary to succeed in other endeavors like graduate school are with me as well.

Much of what I do working in natural resources includes restoring disturbed land to native plant species and communities, assisting in maintaining cultural landscapes connected to the site, compliance, facilitating stewardship of cultural and natural resources with the public, and leading a demonstration garden. The garden has been a great creative force that involves working with volunteers, middle and high school students, scouts, local schools, and interns. The concepts of experimental archaeology and ethnobotany are brought to the public by engaging them with data collected from the site, and creating a living representation of types of crops that become a living experiment at so many levels. Continuously learning about, interacting with and sharing knowledge of valuable cultural and natural resources within the monument and the region has become my expression of anthropology.

The Anthropology program at Fort Lewis College prepared me for my work at Aztec Ruins National Monument in the National Park Service by providing an in-depth and holistic approach to humans and their environment. I am very comfortable working in areas that overlap the cultural and the natural, and have the tools to express these concepts daily, through natural resource management and engaging the public.


Molly (Bartlett) Nettleingham, Class of 2012

Molly (Bartlett) NettleinghamMy experience at Fort Lewis College transformed my life. I gained vast knowledge in all the fields of anthropology, but I found a love for biological and forensic anthropology. My focus narrowed down to those two fields. After I graduated, I got married and moved to Loveland, Colorado. Thanks to Dr. Mulhern at Fort Lewis College, I was able to start working at France Casting in Fort Collins, Colorado. France Casting is a business that provides high quality skeletal replicas for schools, fieldwork, and museums across the world. With my fascination with biological and forensic anthropology, working at France Casting has become my dream job. I have been working at France Casting for over a year, and now I am the production manager. My job requires high attention to detail, as well as, an immense understanding of the skeletal system. Without the knowledge I gained at Fort Lewis College, I would not have succeeded at France Casting. My achievements are a direct reflection of my Fort Lewis College education, and I am so grateful for my experiences. “The Fort Lewis College Anthropology department is top-notch, dedicated to its students, and willing to give amazing opportunities to those who want to succeed in anthropology."


Sam Varnes, Class of 2012

Sam VarnesStudying anthropology at Fort Lewis College ended up changing my life in ways I never imagined. I was interested in cultural anthropology and was fortunate enough to participate in the department’s Innovative Month program in Tanzania, which prompted my unending desire to travel and help people. When I left Fort Lewis College in 2012, I knew I wanted to continue down a career path that allowed me to adventure and work for people marginalized by our world. I have always had a passionate distaste for injustice, nationally and abroad.

After graduation, I attended law school at American University in Washington D.C. to study international criminal law and international human rights law. I also concurrently studied for a Master of Arts in international peacebuilding and conflict resolution, as a part of American University’s “Lawyering for Peace” program. I completed my Juris Doctor in April 2016 and expect to finish my master’s in December 2016. Today, I am a Legal Fellow for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. I work with lawyers from Cambodia and all over the world to help investigate and prosecute those most responsible for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime.

The knowledge and appreciation of diverse cultures I developed at Fort Lewis College was instrumental in shaping my career. Culture has continued to be an area of interest in my studies in peacebuilding, and I have found my training in cultural anthropology to be practical and useful when working with clients abroad. I am proud to be a Fort Lewis graduate and eagerly look forward to what the future holds. 


Tarra Wixom, Class of 2011

Tarra WixomAfter graduating from the anthropology department at Fort Lewis College in 2011, Tarra worked as a private investigator and in the private and government cultural resource management sectors. Upon graduating, the experience Tarra gained from Fort Lewis College equipped her to successfully secure a position in the field of archaeology. The four-field training Tarra received from Fort Lewis College has contributed to her success in navigating client and tribal interactions, as well as performing technical tasks in her varied jobs. In 2014, Tarra began attending the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida to pursue a Master's degree in cultural anthropology. Tarra currently works as a graduate teaching assistant and teaches an undergraduate-level anthropology course. Tarra's thesis research is focused on the community level impacts of natural resource management policies and laws on Gulf Coast red snapper commercial fishing communities. 


Rhonda Sparks, Class of 2010

Rhonda SparksI graduated from Fort Lewis College in December 2010 with a BA in Anthropology and a Minor in Native American Studies. Nome Eskimo Community is my tribal affiliation but I am half Siberian Yupik. I was born and raised in Nome, Alaska, where I currently reside. Right after graduation I got a job with the Alaska Nanuuq Commission (ANC) as the primary investigator of a project focused on traditional/local ecological knowledge. I had to quickly use my skills in cultural and environmental anthropology to understand the changing nature of human-polar bear interactions as a result of global warming factors. I accepted the position of Regional Coordinator for the ANC, which is a full co-management partner to the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding Polar Bear in Alaska. The ANC also collaborates with Russian partners to better understand Polar Bear in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. In 2011-2012 my team and I produced a study of Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge about Polar Bears in the Bering and Chukchi Seas based on extensive interviewing and collaboration with eight Native Alaskan community members in Northwest Alaska. One of the FLC anthropology faculty members served as an external reviewer of our final report.

I feel my FLC BA in Anthropology and minor in Native American Studies helped me understand and incorporate different methods used in gathering different types of data, particularly those involving interviewing. Working together on a common topic and ensuring the input from local people is a part of the foundation for managing the Chukchi and Bering Sea Polar Bear population. My time at FLC helped me develop time management skills as well as my public speaking skills. All the classroom presentations we had to do have paid off, and all the group projects are tools have helped me in the “real world” to work as a team to reach a common goal. The relationships I have formed with classmates and professors are cherished. I am forever grateful the time and dedication I have received from professors and I look forward to the next steps of higher education. Thank you Fort Lewis College Anthropology Department!


Hannah Miller, Class of 2008

Hannah MillerI am currently attending graduate school at San Francisco State University, studying on the Bioarcheology track under the advisement of Dr. Cyntha Wilczack. In addition to going to school and beginning work on my thesis, I also work. Currently I am working with Jeff Fentress, doing what he calls “Box Archeology”. It basically entails all of the research on those sites which we are now the custodians of. This involves not only researching the sites, and what we have in our collections, but trying to reconstruct what was going on in sites usually uncovered with heavy equipment. It’s research, and cataloging, analysis and more research. In a place like the San Francisco Bay area, where we have sites dating back 10,000 years and almost no federally recognized tribes, NAGPRA is a huge undertaking. I have been hired by the Office of Repatriation to work on their newest project; the job will last for about 2 years. Archeology in the middle of a major city is no small task, where graders bring up artifacts and archeologists are left to pick up the pieces. Regardless of all these complications I still get a thrill with each box I open, each site report I read. That’s what is important in the long run, loving what you do, even when you hit every snag imaginable.


Jamie Shadid, Class of 2008

Jamie Shadid"My major at FLC was in Humanities with concentrations in Anthropology, Sociology, and Spanish. My studies at FLC completely changed the direction of my life. After graduation in 2008 I moved to Barcelona where I gave private English classes for almost 4 years. I then moved to Rio de Janeiro where I did the same thing for 2 1/2 years. Studying Anthropology as part of my degree sparked my interest in other cultures and encouraged me to travel - which has shaped who I am today."

 


Rachael M. ByrdRachael M. Byrd, Class of 2007

After graduating from the Fort Lewis College Department of Anthropology in December of 2007, Rachael worked as an ophthalmic technician assisting in diagnostics and out-patient surgeries. In 2010, Rachael was accepted into the University of Arizona School of Anthropology Ph.D. track graduate program focusing on bioarchaeology.

The theoretical and methodological skills taught in Fort Lewis College’s archaeological field schools and biological anthropology laboratory contributed significantly to her academic advancement, and continually opens doors for additional professional opportunities. After working as a graduate teaching and research assistant, Rachael taught multiple anthropology college courses at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, in Tucson, Arizona. Rachael has participated in multiple bioarchaeological excavations in Sonora, Mexico, and was privileged to help with the repatriation process and reburial of human remains from the Grasshopper archaeological site to culturally affiliated Native American tribes. Rachael achieved her Master’s degree in Anthropology in December 2012. Her thesis titled Phenotypic variation of the first forager-farmers in the Sonoran Desert was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology in 2014. Rachael has presented her research at numerous conferences, and is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and Society for American Archaeology. Last year, Rachael conducted an intensive osteological analysis of human remains representing over 100 individuals the site of Slade Ruin curated at the Arizona State Museum. Currently Rachael is in the final stages of completing her dissertation which focuses on an innovative approach to interpreting past population structure and biological affinity from adult cranial bone shape.


William B. Tsosie, Jr., Class of 2007

William Tsosie“There are several Sacred Mountains of great knowledge and the foundation of all life sources, my child, that define the universe of the Navajo People, one is Dibe Nitsaa (Big Mountain Sheep) and also called the La Plata Mountains by the non-Navajos. It is good you decided to go to this place to get your education at the place called Fort Lewis College.”- My grandparents

I remember in my youth, living at the summer and winter pastoral camp, moving with the seasons across the landscape following the sheep and looking for the horses, and attending traditional Navajo ceremonies. This childhood allowed an insight into a world that no longer exists today for the orthodox Navajo traditionalists. Seeing the archaeological ruins of the Anasazi in the landscape also made me curious about whom the Anasazi were. Later, I saw the changing world around me. I then decided to go to college as a “non-trad” (non-traditional –older) student. I was focused, knowing I wanted my degrees in Anthropology and Southwest Studies from Fort Lewis College. My days attending school at Fort Lewis College were the happiest days of my life and my happiest moment was walking up on graduation day to receive my diploma.

Fort Lewis College is situated on the slopes of one of the Navajos’ Sacred Mountains, and this was one of the main considerations in my decision to obtain Anthropology and Southwest Studies degrees from Fort Lewis College. The college program and professors were a good fit for what I wanted. The experience of obtaining a college education at Fort Lewis College was just what I had hoped for and empowers me to this day. Working for the Navajo Nation (my tribe) as a tribal archaeologist gives me satisfaction. This allows me to have a voice in the interpretation of Navajo people’s history and cultural resources. It also allows me to have a better understanding of Navajo people’s world, and there is pride in that. The future of the Navajo people depends on educated Navajos with knowledge of their cultural heritage and cultural resources of the past, which is going to be an important component to the present and future wellbeing of the Navajos. Fort Lewis College allowed a mindset of being in the Navajo’s homeland and being able to earn a college education in a special place. “Nizhoni” (Beautiful)


Mark Brammer, Class of 2004

Mark Brammer

Mark Brammer, Graduated June 4, 2004.  He is a native of Indiana and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  He earned a Master’s in Museum Studies from the Newcastle University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.  Please go to this link http://county10.com/2015/09/21/mark-brammer-named-state-museum-director to see his most recent appointment.



 

 


 


Sarah Dell'Acqua-Kime, Class of 2002

Sarah Dell'Acqua-KimeI graduated in 2002 with an Anthropology degree and minor in Archaeology. My degree has had a great impact on my Non-Profit Management career. I have always been interested in helping people overcome socio-economic barriers to have a better quality of life. My degree has given me an understanding of how your culture and economic status have a direct impact on opportunities.

I am currently Director of Advancement at Goodwill Northern Michigan, and oversee Fund Development, Volunteers, Marketing and Communications. Prior to Goodwill, I was a Director for March of Dimes, Business Development Officer for Fishtown Preservation Society, and Volunteer Manager and Exhibit Researcher at Detroit Historical Society. I am also an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps graduate.

There are 3 areas of my professional life where I used my degree on a daily basis:

  • Volunteer Management: I have to interview our potential volunteers to see what opportunities in our organization fit their needs. I assess their background and try to find away to create a meaningful experience, incorporate their needs into the project and achieve a measurable outcome for our organization.
  • Donor Relationship Management: As a Fund Development Director, I have to research our region for potential funders whose interests align with our organization. I use data collected from giving histories, attend cultural or community events and develop relationships. I use my knowledge of cultural norms and practices to get to know funders and connect with them on a personal level and see if we have common interest to make a difference in our community.
  • Museum Work: As a Exhibit Researcher, I utilized my degree by connecting the object in our collection to its past by providing history and cultural meaning relative to our exhibit while maintaining proper handling of the objects for preservation of museum artifacts. I trained docents on historic tours and helped create culturally sensitive exhibits.

Ben Bellorado, Class of 2002

Ben BelloradoI graduated from Ft. Lewis College in 2002 after studying anthropology, though my focus was on southwestern archaeology and ethnobotany. I was fortunate enough to study under Dr. Jim Judge, Dr. Enrique Salmon, Mona Charles, and many others in the great anthropology and indigenous studies programs at FLC. Since graduating, I have continued to work as a southwestern archaeologist in the contract and academic worlds. After graduating from FLC, I worked as a field technician and research scientist on the Animas-LaPlata Project outside of Durango. In 2004, I went back to school and earned my Master’s degree in anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 2007 where I integrated my interests in archaeology and ethnobotany with my thesis research on reconstructing ancient agricultural practices of Ancestral Pueblo farmers who lived around Durango between A.D. 750 and 820.

Around this time, I moved to Bluff Utah and managed archaeological field crews on the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project in SE Utah, and then worked for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for several years. At Crow Canyon, I taught kids and adults about archaeology and worked with Hopi farmers to create the Pueblo Farming Project, an experimental research program that continues today. I was even lucky enough to get a one semester teaching gig at the Fort, teaching a class called Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Cultural Survival, a class I’d taken from Dr. Salmon several years prior and taught it in the same classroom where I’d taken Dr. David Kozak’s Anthropological Debates class some years before. In 2010, I returned to the world of CRM, working as a field and project director on several excavations for Abajo Archaeology in Bluff, Blanding, and Escalante Utah.

In 2012, I jumped back into the academic world when I was admitted to the PhD program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Here, I began a joint project with the BLM, School of Anthropology, and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. In this project, my volunteers and I are working to document and date building murals (with tree-rings and ceramics) in the cliff dwellings of the Cedar Mesa (now the Bears Ears National Monument) area in SE Utah. Working with over 40 volunteers, this research is seeking to document and preserve some of the most fragile and spectacular archaeological resources, for generations to come. I am now ABD (All But Dissertation), and am working hard to write up my research documenting the ancient remains of clothing (twined yucca sandals) with mural and rock art depictions of woven garments, to reconstruct ancient dressing practices and religious-political movements during the rise and fall of the Chaco Regional System. I am eternally grateful for the incredible experiences, knowledge, and personal connections I accumulated at Fort Lewis. I can truly say that I would not be where I am today without the expert instruction and patience of my instructors at Fort Lewis College. Once I receive my PhD, I hope to find a job teaching somewhere like FLC, so that I can bring my experiences to a new generation of young and budding anthropologists, the same way they were brought to me.


Dan Bauer, Class of 1999

Dan BauerI graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1999 with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Spanish and Biology. While at Fort Lewis, my interest in Cultural Anthropology was fostered by my experiences both in and out of the classroom. I had the opportunity to work with numerous excellent faculty members and to study abroad in Mexico. My choice to pursue post-graduate education was influenced heavily by my experiences at Fort Lewis and the preparation that I received at FLC. I went on to earn an M.A. in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University. My dissertation research focused on community development and identity in Ecuador and I have subsequently continued to conduct research in these areas. I also went on to start a small non-profit that works in Ecuador to promote rural development initiatives with a specific focus on education. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern Indiana and I have ongoing research projects in coastal Ecuador and Amazonian Peru.


John Hall, Class of 1999

John HallMy primary interest while attending FLC was in anthropology, but every class in the department expanded my horizons. Because FLC is small college I was able to have individualized interaction with my professors and other students. This interaction was very fulfilling and provided me with unique opportunities and challenges. The faculty and staff in the anthropology department were excellent and really helped me mold my ideas and gain important perspective on the world around me. I was able to learn and grow both in the classroom and in the field while at FLC. I ultimately fell in love with archaeology and decided to pursue this as a career. Some of the most rewarding experiences I had at FLC were being a member of the Anthropology Club and attending the FLC archaeological field school, both of which gave me the skills I needed to find a job after graduation and become a successful professional. I eventually went on to earn an M.A. in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester, England. I am currently a senior project director with Statistical Research, Inc., one of the largest cultural resource management (CRM) firms in the country. Building upon the experience I gained at FLC, I now run multi-million dollar archaeological field projects in the U.S. Southwest. Though it has been a long road since graduating, I still look back fondly at my time at FLC and I know my experiences there were invaluable and made me who I am today. In hindsight, my time in the anthropology department at FLC was probably some of the best of my life, and I miss it dearly.


Michael Zukosky, Class of 1998

Michael ZukoskyFLC faculty helped nurture and deepen my passion for education and the discipline. Moreover, their guidance was crucial in my pursuit of graduate school and a career in higher education. I went on to receive a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Temple University, and wrote my dissertation on grassland policy and politics in northwest China.

Today, I teach anthropology at Eastern Washington University. I have also worked as a consultant for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on a species reintroduction in northwest China and its impact on ethnic minority, pastoral nomadic Kazakh living around the reintroduction site. Thanks Fort Lewis for a great education!


Michael Jacobson, Class of 1996

 Michael JacobsonI graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1996 with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in History. I went on to finish an MA and PhD at Binghamton University, specializing in Historical Archaeology. I currently work as a Principal Investigator at Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility. The collaborative nature of learning fostered by the Anthropology faculty in field projects and in the classroom allowed me to better understand not just the fundamentals of the discipline, but the effects of Anthropological research. In discussions with the faculty and members of the diverse student community, I became involved with important issues within Anthropology, specifically how Archaeologists engage with descendant communities. I have used the lessons I learned in these conversations to help me connect with descendant communities whether it is with union members associated with the Ludlow Striker’s Colony, members of the Six Nations in promoting their role in the American Revolution, or connecting descendants with their ancestors at the site of an abandoned farmstead. My experience at Fort Lewis College taught me not just how to excavate a site, but to remember that the sites we are excavating were occupied by people not abstractions.


Jane Cobb, Class of 1995

Jane Cobb

Having a degree in Anthropology has helped me so much in the real working world! I currently work as an RN, and I feel like I am using my degree every day. I have learned the art of providing culturally competent care, as my training in Anthropology has continually helped me to understand human behaviors. I am able to provide health care while maintaining my sense of curiosity about people and their cultures. I have traveled to Laos and Uganda to work as a nurse, but honestly do not feel my work could have been as effective had I not known to be a careful observer of the individual, political, historical, and environmental pressure these people face. Furthermore, I feel that the Anthropology program at FLC provided me with excellent writing skills, and gave me an advantage when seeking an internship fresh out of college. I was one of six chosen out of 200 applicants for an internship at the Population Institute Washington, D.C. upon graduation. I was then quickly recruited to work for a social marketing campaign to analyze field data for a USAID funded program. Had I not decided to go into nursing, I would definitely be at the top of my game working in the field and traveling afar. 18 years later, I am enrolled in a Master’s program to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner. I still am so thankful for my degree in Anthropology, as I have an educational and humanistic edge above others when it comes to providing holistic care.


Bradford (Brad) Andrews, Class of 1986

 Brad Andrews

I graduated in 1986 with a BA in Anthropology and a Minor in Biology. After doing CRM for four years in Colorado, I went on to get my Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1999, with an emphasis on prehistoric Mesoamerica. I am now an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Although my specialty is Mesoamerica, I also continue to have research interests in the Western United States. One of the most valuable things I took with me when I graduated from the Fort was an appreciation for the theory and method of Julian Steward. My exposure to his work is the result of academic “beatings” I received from none other than Dr. Kathy Fine when I took her Senior Seminar class. That was many years ago, but to this day Steward’s basic approach orients the way I go about both my research and teaching. This appreciation, in addition to the basic liberal arts focus of the Fort Lewis education, provided me with a solid foundation on which to build my career. Today, my interests include the comparative investigation of social complexity, political economy, craft production, and cultural ecology. My primary methodological specialty is the study of flaked stone tool production. It provides direct information on technology and the economy, but much more importantly it supports inferences about other aspects of prehistoric societies including social organization and ideology.

Currently I am studying the flaked stone economy of the Aztec site of Calixtlahuaca (http://calixtlahuaca.blogspot.com/), the remains of forager sites in Mount Rainier National Park, and have an ongoing research examining “Gateway Tradition” sites in West Central Colorado. What a long, strange trip it’s been, and it all really started at good ole Fort Lewis College in Camp Hall!