Faculty L-Z

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Kent Lightfoot

Professor  |   Archaeology

OFFICE: 213 Archaeological Research Facility

LAB: 55 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: klightfoot@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

North American Archaeology with specialization in California, coastal hunter-gatherers, colonialism.

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Xin Liu

Professor  |  Sociocultural Anthropology

OFFICE: 301 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: xinliu@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Social cultural anthropology, history and/of anthropology, contemporary trends in social theory, development and culture, China/East Asia.

Lisa Maher

Associate Professor  |  Archaeology

OFFICE: 204 Archaeological Research Facility

LAB: 1 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: maher@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Prehistoric Archaeology, Eastern Mediterranean & Africa, Human-Environment Interactions, Geoarchaeology, Micromorphology, Site Formation Processes, Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology, Human Origins and Evolution, Archaeological Sciences, Lithic Technology and Analysis, Archaeological Approaches to Technology, Mortuary Archaeology, Burial Practices in Prehistory, Public Archaeology, Transitions to Food Production, Archaeological Theory and Method, Emergence of Social Complexity.

Karen Nakamura 

Professor  |  Sociocultural Anthropology

Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies

OFFICE: 117 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: karen.nakamura@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Cultural anthropology; Disability Studies; LGBT movements; minority social movements and identity politics; visual anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking, Japan.

Aihwa Ong

Professor  |  Sociocultural Anthropology

Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology

OFFICE: 317 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: aihwaong@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Science, Technology, & Society; Anthropology of Citizenship, Neoliberalism, Modernity; Contemporary Chinese Art; Selected interests in Southeast Asia, China, and U.S.A.

Stefania Pandolfo

Professor  |  Medical Anthropology, Sociocultural Anthropology

OFFICE: 201 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: pandolfo@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Cultural Anthropology, theories of subjectivity, postcolonial criticism, anthropology and literature; Islam, Middle East and the Maghreb.

Aarti Sethi 

Assistant Researcher 2020 - 2021

Assistant Professor 2021 -              | Sociocultural Anthropology

Email : aartisethi@berkeley.edu 

Office : 333 Kroeber Hall

Special Interests:

Agrarian Anthropology; Rural Life; Feminist Anthropology; Political Economy; Comparative Religion; South Asia; Debt and Capitalism; Cinema and Media Culture; Ecstatic Experience, Embodiment and Aesthetics; Theories of Mind, Language and Subjectivity; Caste, Structural Violence and Socio-Economic Inequality.

Jun Sunseri 

Associate Professor  |  Archaeology

OFFICE: 214 Archaeological Research Facility

LAB: 197 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: jsunseri@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Colonialism, Foodways, Landscapes, Historical and Contemporary Archaeology, Preservation and Heritage, Southwest US and Northern South Africa.

Sarah E. Vaughn  

Assistant Professor  |  Sociocultural Anthropology

OFFICE: 335 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: sev83@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Cultural Anthropology; (Post)colonial Science Studies; Environment; Expertise; Climate Change; Vulnerability; Critical Theories of Race and Racialization; Theories of Liberalism; Caribbean/Latin America.

William White 

Assistant Professor  |  Archaeology

Undergraduate Faculty Advisor

OFFICE: 210 Archaeological Research Facility

LAB: 55 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: wawhite@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Historical Archaeology.

Laurie A. Wilkie

Professor  |  Archaeology

OFFICE: 206 Archaeological Research Facility

LAB: 11 Archaeological Research Facility

CHAIR OFFICE: 311 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: lawilkie@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Historical and Contemporary Archaeology, Preservation and Heritage, Household archaeology, US and Caribbean.

Alexei Yurchak  

Professor  |  Sociocultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology

Core Faculty Member at the Dept. of Dance, Theater and Performance Studies

OFFICE: 119 Kroeber Hall

EMAIL: yurchak@berkeley.edu

Special Interests

Communism and post-communism, Political Anthropology, Linguistic anthropology, Media and Mediation, Utopias, History, Cold War, Discourse, Subject, Ideology, Sovereignty, Russia, Soviet and post-Soviet world, Irony, Performance and performativity.