Past Presidents

These scholars have served as presidents of the organization during the two phases of its development. (For background information, see the Early History of SWAA.)

Presidents of the Southwestern Archaeological Federation:

1928–1929 H.B. Alexander
1930 James A.B. Scherer
1931 Arthur Woodward
1932–1933 Carl S. Knopf
1934 J.R. Wilkie
1935 David Banks Rogers
1936 F.W. Hodge
1937 A.O. Bowden
1938 James Beveridge
1939 Ralph Beals
1940 Arthur Woodward
1941 Morris Opler
1942 M.R. Harrington

Presidents of the Southwestern Anthropological Association:

1946–1947 Harry Hoijer
1947–1948 Robert Ariss
1948–1949 Joseph Weckler
1949–1950 George Brainerd
1950–1951 Dorothy Luhrs
1951–1952 Walter Goldschmidt
1952–1953 Spencer Rogers
1953–1954 Norman Gabel
1954–1955 Homer Aschmann
1955–1956 William Wallace
1956–1957 Clement Meighan
1957–1958 Ethel Ewing
1958–1959 Ralph Beals
1959–1960 John Goins
1960–1961 Charles Leslie
1961–1962 Keith Dixon
1962–1963 George Spindler
1963–1964 Roger Owen
1964–1965 Alan Beals
1965–1966 Sam Stanley
1966–1967 Gerald Berreman
1967–1968 Paul Ezell
1968–1969 Fred. O. Gearing
1969–1970 James A. Hirabayashi
1970–1971 Daniel D. Whitney
1971–1972 Hal Eberhart
1972–1973 Douglas Osborne
1973–1974 Makoto Kowta
1974–1975 Robert H. Ewald
1975–1976 Lowell John Bean
1976–1977 R.E. (Irving) Taylor
1977–1978 Joan Ablon
1978–1979 Warren d‘Azevedo
1979–1980 M. Dobkin De Rios
1980–1982 Thomas Weaver
1982–1983 May N. Diaz
1983–1985 Luis S. Kemnitzer
1985–1986 Martha C. Knack
1986–1987 James Pierson
1987–1988 D.J. Theodoratus
1988–1989 David B. Kronenfeld
1989–1990 Bob Harman
1990–1991 Frances Berdan
1991–1992 James Freeman
1992–1993 James Sexton
1993–1994 Melford Weiss
1994–1995 Judith Barker
1995–1996 William Jankowiak
1996–1997 James Bell
1997–1998 George Rich
1998–1999 Lori Sheeran
1999–2000 William Fairbanks
2000–2001 Bonnie Bade
2001–2002 Scott Antes
2002–2003 Jane Granskrog
2003–2004 J.A. English-Lueck
2004–2005 Margaret Graham
2005–2006 Kimberly Porter Martin
2006–2007 Terri Castaneda
2007–2008 Barbra Erickson
2008–2009 Liam D. Murphy
2009–2010 Erin Stiles
2010–2011 Beth Townsend
2011–2012 Jesse Dizard
2012–2013 Jonathan Karpf
2013–2014 Eric Canin

Executive Board

Erin Stiles, SWAA Chair (2014–2016)
  • Erin Stiles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her areas of interest include Islam, East Africa, the anthropology of law, gender and religious practice.
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Department of Anthropology
  • estiles [at] unr [dot] edu
Hilarie Kelly, SWAA President (2014–2015)
  • Hilarie Kelly, Ph.D. UCLA 1992, has done ethnographic and applied research in Africa and North America. Areas of specialization include gender, economic development, transnationalism and globalization (e.g., immigration and refugee issues), Islam, adolescent socialization, health and nutrition, aging, visual media and dance/performance. In addition to teaching at California State University, Long Beach, she supports the Center for Peace and Social Justice on that campus and is a Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA.
  • University of La Verne
  • Department of Sociology/Anthropology
  • hkelly [at] laverne [dot] edu
Kimberly Porter Martin, SWAA Vice President (2014–2015)
  • Kimberly Porter Martin, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at University of La Verne in Southern California. Her work centers around psychological anthropology and cognition, gender, ethnicity, Europe and Mexico.
  • University of La Verne
  • Department of Sociology/Anthropology
  • kmartin [at] laverne [dot] edu
Eric Canin, SWAA Past President (2014–2015)
  • Eric Canin, Ph.D. Columbia University 1993, is a Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton. His areas of interest are anthropology of religion, globalization, and social movements. He has conducted fieldwork in Nicaragua and Mexico.
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Department of Anthropology
  • ecanin [at] fullerton [dot] edu
Jonathan Karpf, Local Arrangements Chair (2014–2017)
  • Jonathan Karpf has been a Lecturer at San José State University since 1987. He is a biological anthropologist whose main interests are human genetics and evolution, alcoholism, the behavior, systematics, and ecology of primates, Mesoamerican prehistory, and social justice in Guatemala. He is also an activist in the California Faculty Association, the union representing the 24,000 faculty, librarians, counselors and coaches in the 23 campus California State University system.
  • San José State University
  • Department of Anthropology
  • jkarpf [at] calfac [dot] org
Jennifer Anderson, SWAA Treasurer (2014–2017)
  • Jennifer L. Anderson, Ph.D. Stanford 1986, is a Lecturer at San José State University. Her areas of specialization include traditional Japanese culture, ethnohistory, nutritional anthropology, religion and ritual, culture change, the aesthetics and technology of Japanese ceramics, and the anthropology of art. Her interests, particularly in food and culture, have led her to travel widely in Asia. She has conducted research in Taiwan, Mongolia, and Japan.
  • San José State University
  • Department of Anthropology
  • jennifer [dot] anderson [at] sjsu [dot] edu
Jennifer Anderson, SWAA Membership Chair (2014–2017)
  • Andre Yefremian is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Glendale Community College located in southern California. His areas of interest and research include national and ethnic identity construction, medical anthropology, sustainability and globalization. Professor Yefremian's primary geographic focus is on the European Union, but more narrowly, Germany.
  • Glendale Community College
  • Department of Anthropology
  • ayefremi [at] glendale [dot] edu
Julie Goodman, SWAA Secretary (2014–2017)
  • Julie Goodman is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at California Baptist University and adjunct professor at Orange Coast College in Orange County, California. Her areas of interest include urban anthropology with a focus in immigration studies, labor movements, and transnationalism.
  • California Baptist University
  • School of Behavioral Sciences
  • jul [dot] m [dot] david [at] gmail [dot] com
Barbra E. Erickson, SWAA Newsletter Editor (2014–2017)
  • Barbra Erickson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. Her research and teaching interests include medical anthropology, gerontology, the anthropology of organizations, and economic anthropology.
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Department of Anthropology
  • beerickson [at] fullerton [dot] edu
Rayed Khedher, SWAA Member-at-Large (2013–2016)
  • Rayed Khedher is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in anthropology at UCLA. His research interests include transnational migration, human rights, North African diaspora, media, and Islam.
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
  • rayed [at] ucla [dot] edu
Michelle Roberts, SWAA Member-at-Large (2013–2016)
  • Michelle Roberts (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2011) is a cultural and applied anthropologist specializing in Southeast Asian cultures, Lao PDR, agricultural decision-making, subsistence adaptations, international development models including participatory action research, governance of natural resources, gender and medicine in tribal societies. She currently teaches courses at CSU Sacramento and the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research looks at how farmers in Laos from different ethnic groups negotiate and adapt agricultural and foraging subsistence strategies in the midst of a government imposed agricultural transition. She has conducted research in Khmu, White Tai, and Hmong farming villages in Xieng Nguen, Pak Ou, and Vieng Kham districts in the Northern Province of Luang Prabang.
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Department of Anthropology
  • chemwali [at] hotmail [dot] com
Brandon Fryman, SWAA Member-at-Large (2014–2015)
  • Brandon Fryman is a Professor at American University of Health Sciences and a Ugandan Country Specialist conducting research and advocating strategies for social justice and human rights. He has conducted ethnographic and applied research in Africa, Mexico and the US. His interests are in capacity building, needs assessments, program evaluations, social justice, agency, gender, orphans, refugees, health, politics and development.
  • American University of Health Sciences
  • General Education Department, Social Sciences
  • brandon [dot] fryman [at] gmail [dot] com
Henry D. Delcore, SWAA Member-at-Large (2014–2017)
  • Dr. Henry D. Delcore is a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno. His research experiences include rural development and environmental change in Thailand and social and cultural conditions among Southeast Asians in Fresno. He is also involved in design and user experience research both on and off campus, using anthropological methods to generate ideas for designing better products and services. Dr. Delcore has a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in Foreign Service, Asian Studies from Georgetown University.
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Department of Anthropology
  • hdelcore [at] csufresno [dot] edu
Eric Paison, SWAA Member-at-Large (2014–2017)
  • Eric Paison received an MA in Anthropology in 2007 at California State Fullerton. He is currently a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University, as well as a part-time lecturer at Long Beach City College. He is interested in socio-cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on globalization, transnationalism, identity, and culture change. He has conducted field work centering on the Orange County, CA community of Little Saigon, as well as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Current and future field sites include the community of Cambodia Town in Long Beach, CA, as well as the Khmer temple complexes in Cambodia.
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Graduate Student, Department of Cultural Studies
  • epaison1959 [at] gmail [dot] com
Michael Eissinger, SWAA Student Member (2014–2016)
  • Michael Eissinger is currently working on his third career. After 13 years as a professional broadcaster and 20 years in the computer industry, Eissinger embarked on an academic career ten years ago, returning to school. During that time, he has completed two BA’s (History and Anthropology), an MA in History, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the World Cultures program at UC Merced (interdisciplinary Anthropology and History). His research focuses on topics of identity, community, social memory, race, ethnicity, and class and is centered on an historical and ethnographic study of almost 20 rural California settlements that historically had all or majority African American populations between the 1880s and the present. He currently works as an adjunct for Fresno City College, Willow International College Center, the Brandman University campuses in Hanford, Lemoore, and Visalia, and as a Teaching Fellow or Lecturer at UC Merced. Publications include journal articles, an upcoming book chapter, and a small public history book about Fairmead (one of the communities within the realm of his current research). He has presented papers at the AAA annual meeting in San Francisco, SWAA conferences in Sacramento, Chico, and Orange County, and various Anthropology, Ethnohistory, and History conferences around the country.
  • University of California, Merced
  • Graduate Student, World Cultures Graduate Group
  • meissinger [at] ucmerced [dot] edu