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Warren K. Lail, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D. 2008, University of Oklahoma; J.D. 1988, Wake Forest University School of Law) is an anthropological archaeologist who focuses on the adaptive environmental and social strategies of several ancient cultures of the New Mexico/Colorado borderlands, including those traditionally considered “Eastern Anasazi.” Dr. Lail has spent the past eight years conducting field research in the canyon country of northeastern New Mexico, evaluating a model that delimits and explains what he calls a “behavioral region.” To describe his theoretical perspective, Dr. Lail coined the phrase “integrative-processualism,” a form of environmental-functionalism considered from a regional perspective, informed by practice theory. “Behavioral Regions in Archaeology” and “Ancient Cultures of the New Mexico/Colorado Borderlands” are the working titles of two book-length manuscripts currently being prepared by Dr. Lail. His teaching interests include Archaeology of the Southwest, Lithic Technology and Analysis, Paleoethnobotany, Field Methods in Archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, Physical Anthropology, and Theory in Archaeology.
Warren Lail
Office: 101 Hewett Hall
Phone: (505) 454-3542
Fax: (505) 454-3331

Orit Tamir (Ph.D. 1993, Arizona State University, Professor) is a social and cultural anthropologist specializing in the consequences of change, development, and resettlement; religion beliefs and practices; applied anthropology; and ethnographic CRM work. Her ethnographic focus is on North American Indians in general and Southwest Indians and culture dynamics, in particular. Theoretical interests include anthropology of development, change, and resettlement, and the anthropology of religion. She conducted long-term field research among the Navajo Indians of Arizona as well as short-term field studies with various Indian tribes in the Southwest, and with Japanese-American survivors of World War Two internment camps. Teaching interests include North American and, especially Southwest, Indians, applied anthropology, anthropology theory, religion, and ethnographic research methods. Selected publications include: Relocation of Navajo From Hopi Partition Land in Pinon, Human Organization 1991 50(2): 173-178; Tamir, Russell, Jackman-Jensen, and Lerner, Return to Butte Camp: A Japanese-American World War II Relocation Center, a published report prepared for the Bureau of Reclamation Arizona Project Office (1993); Winter, Ritts-Bennaly, and Tamir, Navajo Country - Dine Bikeya, the Office of Contract Archeology and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the University of New Mexico (1993); Tamir, Orit, What Happened to Navajo Relocatees from Hopi Partition Lands in Pinon? American Indian Culture and Research Journal 23 (4), (1999); Tamir, Orit, Assessing Success / Failure of Relocation, Human Organization, 59(2), (2000); Are Living Her Dreams – The Sacred Mountains Dinè Sun Dance, New Mexico Archaeological Society Vol. 39, Papers in Honor of Charlotte and Bill Frisbie (2006).

Orit Tamir
Hewett Hall, Room 204
Voice: (505) 454-3147
FAX: (505) 454-3331

Mario Gonzales (Ph.D. 1997, Washington State University, Assistant Professor) is a cultural anthropologist whose research interest include Mexican immigration, Mexican-American studies, labor, farm workers, and Meso American indigenous groups. He has conducted research among Mixtec and Trique Indians in Oaxaca, Mexico, labor migrants in California’s San Joaquin Valley, and among transnational migrants in the Intibuca region of Honduras. His latest publication is found in WIcazo Sa Review “Dual or Duel Fiesta? The Politics of Identity in Southern Mexico (Spring 1999). He has presented papers at national and international conferences and is currently conducting research and writing about migrant workers in central California.

Mario Gonzales
Hewett Hall Room 102
Voice: (505) 454-3574
Fax: (505) 454-3331


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