Rissa Trachman

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 212G
2035 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
rtrachman@elon.edu (336) 278-6632

Education

May 2007        Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology), The University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation Title: Excavated Households Excavated Lives: Social Reproduction, Identity, and Everyday Life for the Ancient Maya in Northwestern Belize.

May 2000        M.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology), The University of Texas at Austin

May 1998        B.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology), The University of Texas at Austin, Special Honors in Anthropology.

Employment History

2014-present  Chair,  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Elon University, Elon, NC  

2014-present Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Elon University, Elon, NC

2008-2014     Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Elon University, Elon, NC

Previous Positions

Fall 2007-Summer 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Mesoamerican Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARL), The University of Texas at Austin

Summer 2007  Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University.

Course Taught:  Introduction to Archaeology

Fall 2006         Full Time Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University Courses Taught:

Archaeology of the Southwest Indians of the Southwest US Indians of North America

2004- 2006       Instructor, Dept of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Archaeology; Fall 2006 Introduction to Archaeology; Fall 2005 Introduction to Archaeology; Summer 2004

Spring 2003     Lab Instructor & Lecture TA, Intro to Physical Anthropology, UT Austin.

Lab Course: Introduction to Physical Anthropology.

Courses Taught

ANT114: Introduction to Archaeology                                                                                              

ANT112: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology                                                                            

ANT113: Human Evolution and Adaptation                                                                                   

ANT227: From the Ground Down                                                                                                   

ANT 254-IS: Summer Archaeology Field School in Belize (SSI ’10) (NOTE: IEPA 2009, 2011-present)    

ANT380-LA: The Ancient Maya                                                                                              

ANT382-WG: Gender and Archaeology                                                                                     

ANT388: Archaeology of the Maya, Aztec and their Ancestors                                                

GST434-W: Gender in Archaeology 

Research

Archaeological Research Specializations

Geographic: Mesoamerica, Maya, North America, Southwest US

Theoretical/Topical: Households, Complex Societies, Identity, Ideology, Gender, Lithic Technology, Ancient Technologies, Mortuary Practices, Architecture, Ethnohistory

NOTE: I am excited to mentor undergraduate research in any of the above topics, including LGTBQIA related research topics that intersect with these areas.

Current Projects

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