Anthropology Department

Kelly L. Jenks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Gender & Women's Studies Program; Coordinator of the Cultural Resource Management Certificate Program

Office: 277 Center of Southwest Studies
Phone: 970-247-7273
Office hours (Fall 2014): Tuesday 4:30-6:30, Friday 3:10-5:10

Brief biography:

Kelly L. Jenks earned her B.A. in archaeology and anthropology from Cornell University 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). She 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. Her primary area of expertise is the archaeology of protohistoric and historical-period contexts in the American Southwest and Southern Plains, and her research focuses on cross-cultural contacts between New Mexican and Plains Indian populations and the construction and material expression of social identity. 

Dr. Jenks is the coordinator for the Cultural Resources Management Program at Fort Lewis College. She also serves (alternating with Dr. Riggs) as the director of the archaeological field school.