Obsidian pebbles from the Wiki Peak source in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. NPS photo by Jeff Rasic.

Association Officers and Board Meetings

Current Association Officers

Julie Esdale, President (alaskaanthropresident [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Julie Esdale is the archaeologist for the US Army in Alaska based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska; she has been working in archaeology for 18 years. The majority of her fieldwork has been in central Interior Alaska, the Brooks Range, and the northern Yukon. Julie’s main research interests are in lithic technology, geoarchaeology, paleoecology, and middle Holocene cultural adaptations in the north

Amy Phillips-Chan, Vice President (alaskaanthrovp [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Amy Phillips-Chan serves as the Director of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome, Alaska; she is also a Research Collaborator with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Phillips-Chan received a PhD from Arizona State University in 2013 with her dissertation research focused on reconnecting engraved imagery on ivory drill bows with oral histories and traditional ecological knowledge from the Bering Strait. As an Arctic Researcher, her primary goals are to promote museum-community partnerships, engage youth in applied collections research, and involve the public in collaborative exploration of their circumpolar cultural heritage.

Shelby Anderson, Publications (alaskaanthropublications [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Shelby Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. Her research interests include past hunter-gatherer societies, human ecodynamics, evolutionary theory, ceramic technologies, applied archaeology, and archaeology of the Arctic, Subarctic and Pacific Northwest. Cross-cutting these interests is a long-term commitment to community engagement and collaborative research in all aspects of her work. Over the years Anderson has worked in a variety of settings (e.g., tribal, federal, private) in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and the Russian Far East.

H. Kory Cooper, Secretary (alaskaanthrosecretary [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Kory Cooper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has a B.A. from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. Kory has worked in CRM in California and Alaska, including seasonal work for the NPS, and carried out research in Sudan and Jordan. He applies a behavioral archaeology approach to the study of technological change past and present. A major focus of his research is the origin of native copper metallurgy, and use of trade metal, among hunter-gatherers in the Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast, but he is also involved with interdisciplinary research on e-waste.

Phoebe Gilbert, Scholarships & Awards (alaskaanthroaward.scholarship [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Phoebe Gilbert is the archaeologist at Denali National Park & Preserve. She’s been working as an archaeologist in Alaska since 2006 and in the Lower 48 previous to that. She has a MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her research interests include climate change, paleomigration, and geoarchaeology.

Yoko Kugo, External Affairs/Website (alaskaanthroexternalaffairs [at] gmail [dot] com)

    Yoko Kugo is a student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. program at University of Alaska Fairbanks, housed in Arctic & Northern Studies. Her research focus is the study of Central Yup’ik geographic knowledge including place names and oral histories in the Iliamna Lake area, Alaska.

 

Treasurer

The Association employs Elizabeth Allen as a part time bookkeeper/treasurer to assist with financial administration and member services.  For questions about association business, your membership, the purchase of association publications or web site functions in general, please contact Elizabeth (alaskaanthrotreasurer [at] gmail [dot] com).

Curator

R. Joan Dale has been appointed as the Association’s Curator. She has graciously agreed to tackle getting the storage unit and archives in order. Joan can be reached at (alaskaanthrocurator [at] gmail [dot] com).

Media Coordinator

Joanna Wells has been appointed as the Association’s Media Coordinator. She is mailing out publications purchased through the website and helping with our institutional subscriptions and mailings. Please contact the association at alaskaanthro [at] gmail [dot] com if you need to reach Joanna.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00-1:00 pm AKST. Please contact Board Member Yoko Kugo (alaskaanthroexternalaffairs [at] gmail [dot] com) if you would like to attend a meeting or place an item on the agenda. Any additions to the meeting agenda must be received at least one (1) week prior to the meeting. To attend via teleconference, please contact Yoko at least two (2) days before the meeting.

The Annual General Membership Business Meeting takes place on the Saturday afternoon following the conference.