Department Chair/Professor, Anthropologykruczehf@potsdam.edu
PhD 2007, Syracuse University
ANTH 106 Ancient People and Places
ANTH 195 Archaeology of New York State
ANTH 204 Archaeology
ANTH 359 African American Archaeology
ANTH 362 Historical Archaeology
ANTH 410 Advanced Archaeological Research
ANTH 417 Archaeological Procedures
Research interests: Northeast historical archaeology; African American archaeology; cultural identity; religion, social reform; public education
Associate Professor, Biological Anthropologymalitnr@potsdam.edu
Education: B.A. 1995, The University of Nairobi, Kenya M.A. 2002, State University of New York at Binghamton Ph.D. 2009, State University of New York at Binghamton Research Inclination:
Evolution of Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, Biology of Modern Skeletal Populations, Miocene Primates, Paleoenvironments, Vertebrate Paleontology, Human DiseasesAreas of Teaching Interest:
Paleoanthropology, Evolutionary Theory, Human Skeletal Biology, Forensic Anthropology, Archaeology of Death, Research Methods in Anthropology, Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Human Violence
Current Teaching Load:
My current research interests focus on the study and evolution of Homo erectus. These studies employ morphometric methods in understanding the biology and variability among these defunct hominins. I am also presently reevaluating the mandibular and dental morphology on Middle Pleistocene hominins from Kapthurin, Baringo, in the Rift Valley of Kenya. My study on teeth focuses on the evaluation and comparison of dental cusp areas of these Middle Pleistocene hominins with other contemporaneous groups from Africa and elsewhere. Besides these commitments, I am also involved in a collaborative effort that seeks to comprehensively describe and evaluate the status of the Olorgesailie Homo erectus. I expand my research interests to include terminal Pleistocene hominins with an entry point to this important time period offered by a specimen that my team excavated in 2004 from a new locality in Buffalo Springs in Samburu, Kenya .The Sumburu site is composed of both palaeontological and archaeological artifacts, and will contribute in answering questions regarding the origins of modern human as well as their dispersal and behavioral ecology. The Sumburu hominin maybe of Later Pleistocene age and is coming at a location that is many miles south of Lake Turkana. I am in the process of collecting morphometric data on contemporaneous modern human specimens available for study and comparison with the Samburu hominin. Further fieldwork in Samburu is also underway. Current students in the department are involved in some aspects of these research projects.
Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Museum Studiesperkinmb@potsdam.edu
Ph.D. 2000, Oxford University
ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 270 Museum Studies
ANTH 470 Museum Internship/Tutorial
ANTH 358 Cross-Cultural Approach to Art
ANTH 320 Museum Archives & Exhibit
ANTH 140 World Art & Culture
ANTH 371 Anthropology of China
ARTH 395 Art & Culture in China
Research interests: Asian art, museums, Native Americans
Associate Professor, Linguistic Anthropologyrodrigl@potsdam.edu View CV
Ph.D. 2014, University of Virginia
I am a linguistic anthropologist with an interest in linguistic relativity, the anthropology of time, spontaneous gesture, and discourse analysis. My work explores the relationship between grammatical categories and cognition, and how the language that we speak may influence thought patterns and worldview.
My research focuses on the multi-modal analysis of conversation and discourse in a variety of cultural and linguistic contexts; I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Quito (Ecuador), Madrid (Spain), Chiapas (Mexico), and Dallas (United States). Lately, I have become interested in politicians' gestures and their relationship to political discourse. Some of my latest research examines gesture-speech mismatches in political discourse and the effects of deception in speech-accompanying gestures.
I welcome inquiries from students and colleagues interested in linguistic anthropology.
Rodríguez, Lydia. 2022. "Dickens in Chol." Language and Cognition. Issue: Time in language and Cognition: Understudied Venues. Heng Li and Julio Santiago, eds. 14: 2, 303-331. doi:10.1017/langcog.2022.1
Rodríguez, Lydia. 2021. "Los lenguajes del pensamiento." Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology) 2021, 16, 1: 61-87. AIBR AWARD TO THE BEST ARTICLE IN IBEROAMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGY.
Rodríguez, Lydia. 2019a. "Time is not a line. Temporal co-speech gestures in Chol Mayan".
Journal of Pragmatics. 151 (2019): 1-17
Rodríguez, Lydia and Sergio López. 2019b. "Performing Healing: Repetition, Frequency, and Meaning Response in a Chol Maya Healing Ritual." In Anthropology of Consciousness, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 42-63. TOP DOWNLOADED ARTICLE IN ANTHROPOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS DURING ITS FIRST 12 MONTHS OF PUBLICATION
Rodríguez, Lydia and Sergio López. 2019c. "The crossroads of time". In The Culture of Invention in the Americas. P. Pitarch. and J.A. Kelly, eds. 158-184. Sean Kingston.
Rodríguez, Lydia. 2016. "From Discourse to Thought: An Ethnopoetic Analysis of a Chol Mayan Folktale" Signs and Society 4 (2): 278-231. University of Chicago Press.
Rodríguez, Lydia. 2013. "Repetición y paralelismo en una ceremonia de pedida matrimonial Chol" In Entre Diversidades, 1: 121-147. Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas.
Courses at SUNY Potsdam:
Ph.D. 2004, Pennsylvania State University
ANTA 106 Ancient People and Places
ANTP 495 Dental Anthropology
ANTA 417 Archaeological Procedures
ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTC 202 Cultural Anthropology
GEOG 350 World & US Geography
GEOG 360 Introduction to Social Geography
Research interests: European prehistory, bioarchaeology, dental anthropology