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Anthropology Faculty Profiles

Warren K. Lail earned his B.A. with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He taught archaeology and forensic anthropology at NMHU between 2008 and 2017. Dr. Lail became interim dean of the Office of Graduate Studies in 2015 and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2017. Dr. Lail has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented research at a variety of archaeological and anthropological conferences. Since becoming dean, he has attended a number of conferences and workshops and has received training in a variety of administrative areas.
Warren Lail
Warren Lail
Office: 136 Douglas Hall
Phone: (505) 454-3080
wklail@nmhu.edu

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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