Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind. The discipline is distinctive among the human sciences and humanities in that cross-cultural (comparative inter-regional or global), ecological, and evolutionary perspectives are commonly employed. The four major divisions of anthropology are archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological linguistics and biological (or physical) anthropology. A popular conception of anthropology is that it is the study of either ancient or remote and exotic living people. But anthropology, in fact, is concerned with studying the cultural, social and biological configurations of all human societies, past and present.
Given Western Micronesia’s geographic, historical, socio-cultural and human biological realities, Anthropology is a particularly appealing and relevant program of study at the University of Guam. The ever-changing dynamics of Guam’s contemporary multi-cultural society, and the presently under-appreciated heritage (historical, cultural, linguistic, and biological) of the indigenous peoples of the Marianas and Micronesia, situate the University of Guam as an ideal setting for faculty and students to engage in anthropological (and collaborative, transdisciplinary) research. The Anthropology Teaching Laboratory (HSS110) and both microfiche and online web-based access to the Human Relations Area Files at RFK Memorial Library are some of the resources available. The program is focused on the study of culture change, and the biological and cultural history and adaptations of indigenous Pacific populations. Faculty members are presently engaged in research in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, cultural change, and biomedical anthropology.
Graduating students must be able to demonstrate their understandings and competence in applying the dimensions and determinants of human biological, cultural and linguistic diversity, including: Graduating Anthropology students should successfully demonstrate the ability to:
Required Courses (18 credit hours): AN101, AN203, AN212, AN413, LN300, and MA385.
Electives (25 credit hours): AN222, AN262, Upper division Anthropology courses; 6 credit hours may be selected from the following: GE/AN341, LN460, or BI315315L.
Required Courses (16 credit hours): AN101,AN203, AN212, AN222, and AN332.
Electives (6 credit hours): Upper division AN courses.
Associate Professor, Anthropology/Micronesian Studies
David Atienza received a PhD in Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2006. He has taught history, philosophy, anthropology and applied linguistics at different institutions and universities in Spain. Dr. Atienza's research interests are focused on Cultural Identity Processes, Speech Analysis, Linguistic Anthropology, and Ethnohistory. He has published the book, Viaje e Identidad: La Genesis de la Elite Quichwa-Otavalena en Madrid, a multilocal ethnography product of fieldwork conducted in Otavalo, Ecuador and Spain or La Violencia del Amor, an edited volume focused on different perspectives on human violence. Dr. Atienza has recently published the articles “Death Rituals and Identity in Contemporary Guam” and “Embodied silent narratives of masculinities Some perspectives from Guam Chamorros” and he is working in ethnohistorical interpretation of the Mariana history with articles like “A Mariana Islands History Story” or “Priests, Mayors and Indigenous Offices: Indigenous Agency and Adaptive Resistance In the Mariana Islands (1681 -1758)”, among others.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Division of Humanities
Dr. Douglas Farrer is Head of Anthropology at the University of Guam. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Guam. Dr. Farrer's research interests include martial arts, the anthropology of performance, visual anthropology, the anthropology of the ocean, psychoanalysis, digital anthropology, and the sociology of religion. He authored Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism, and co-edited Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World. Recently Dr. Farrer compiled "War Magic and Warrior Religion: Cross-Cultural Investigations” for Social Analysis. Currently he is researching Brazilian jiu-jitsu and learning scuba diving.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Bill Jeffery has been working as a maritime archaeologist for over 30 years. In 1990, Bill was a member of an Australian team that trained some of China’s first maritime archaeologists. Since 2002, he has been working on various aspects of maritime archaeology in Hong Kong and more recently the training of a number of local divers, and the implementation of maritime archaeology research and excavation projects, the first such projects to be conducted in Hong Kong. Bill’s background in maritime archaeology is in Australia, where after studying with the Western Australian Museum, he formulated and coordinated a maritime heritage program for a state government agency, Heritage South Australia from 1981-2001. He went onto working with the Federated States of Micronesia National Historic Preservation Office and completing a PhD in maritime archaeology at James Cook University. He is a consulting maritime archaeologist to ERM Hong Kong, and Research Associate with the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He has implemented various types of archaeological and heritage investigations in Australia, the Pacific region, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and various countries in Africa. Bill has lectured in cultural heritage preservation, maritime archaeology and conducted maritime archaeology field schools with Flinders University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Guam and James Cook University in addition to teaching Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training programs in eleven different countries.
Some current activities and project work can be seen at:
Chair, Micronesian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Sociology/Micronesian Studies Program
Associate Professor of English, Division Chair Division of English & Applied Linguistics
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Click on the links below to find out more about the Bali Field School, an annual course that is held each year over spring break.
This Documentary has been screen at three International Academic Conferences as well as in Bali, Indonesia.
Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Rebecca Stephenson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Rebecca A. Stephenson, PhD, was awarded Professor Emerita in Anthropology at the University of Guam in 2008. She was a full-time Faculty Member in Anthropology at UOG for 30 years, from 1977 until retirement. Her MA and PhD in Anthropology were awarded from the University of Oregon in 1971 and 1976, respectively. She was the Co-Director of the Balinese Macaque Project from 1999-2002 and team-taught a capstone course at UOG in Bali Field Studies from 2004-2007. More recently, Dr. Stephenson co-directed a philanthropic project in the Cook Islands under the auspices of Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. She served as a panelist of the National Geographic Society’s online Destination Survey, and received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, Hamline University, in 2007. She is currently a Board Member of the Guam Preservation Trust, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the Guam Council of Women’s Clubs.
Hiro Kurashina, Director Emeritus of Micronesian Area Research Center (1991-2003)
Dr. HiroKurashina is the Emeritus Director of MARC. Dr. Kurashina earned his PhD, MA and BA in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, with an emphasis in Old World Archaeology. Upon graduation, he became a lifetime member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa of California. On Guam, Dr. HiroKurashina received a grant from the National Geographic Society to direct an Archaeological Research and Student Training Project at Tarague Beach from 1980 to 1984. During the past three decades, Dr. Kurashina carried out field research in the Marianas, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Indonesia. For the last three summers, Dr. Kurashina joined archaeologists from MARC, UOG (Dr. John Peterson and Dr. Mike Carson) and UH at Manoa (Dr. James Bayman) to conduct an Archaeology Field School at Ritidian on the northwestern coast of Guam.