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Full-Time Anthropology Instructors/Faculty Advisors

Alexander Bolyanatz

Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2804C, (630) 942-2433
Credentials: Ph.D., University of California - San Diego
Interests: Psychological Anthropology, Linguistics, Social Anthropology, Melanesia

Michael J. Dietz
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2804E, (630) 942-2553
Credentials: Ph.D., University of Missouri

John Staeck
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2804D, (630) 942-2022
Credentials: Ph.D., M.A., Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Interests: Archaeology (North America, Europe), Cultural Evolution, Ethno-history, Historic Archaeology, Symbolic Anthropology

Derrick Willis
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2804B, (630) 942-2643
Credentials: Ph.D. Wayne State University
Interests: Medical Anthropology, Business Anthropology

Part-Time Instructors associated with the Anthropology program at College of DuPage: 

Ari Ariyaratne
(630) 942-2800, ext. 57188
Credentials: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interests: Cultural Anthropology, General Anthropology, Social Theory, Anthropology of Film, South Asia

Jessica Blanco

Ann Buckun
Credentials: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Anthropology); M.A., University of Chicago
Interests: Linguistic and cultural anthropology, communication and culture, museums, gender, representations and meaning

Gary Gallopin
(630) 942-2800, ext. 56692
Credentials: Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.A., University of Cincinnati
Interests: Northern Asia, Siberia, Post-Soviet Studies, Maya, Meso-America

Michelle "Mickey" M.W. Horndasch
(630) 942-2800, ext. 53252
Credentials: M.A., Northern Illinois University
Interests: General Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Museology

Vicki Root-Wajda
(630) 942-2511
(630) 942-2156
Credentials: M.A., Pennsylvania State University
Interests: Mexico, Physical Anthropology, General Anthropology

Ashton J. Spatz
Credentials: M.A., University of Tulsa
Interests: Anthropological Archaeology (Near East, Mediterranean and North America), Museum Anthropology, General Anthropology, Exchange Networks, Subsistence Activities, Anthropology of Art

Chaya Spears

Susan Speigel
(630) 942-2800
Credentials: M.A.
Interests: Cultural Anthropology, South Pacific

Raymond H. Waterman
(630) 942-2800, ext. 53283
Credentials: M.A. (Cross-cultural Communications), Wheaton College Graduate School
Interests: Cross-cultural Relations, Intercultural Communications, Southeast Asia and Latin America

Anne Wilson-Dooley
Credentials: M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Interests: North American Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology

Mary Ziadeh-Seely
(630) 942-2800
Credentials: Ph.D., Cambridge University
Interests: Old World Archaeology, General Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of the Near East

Dale Simpson
(630) 942-2052
Credentials: M.A., University of Auckland
Interests: Pacific Anthropology, Pacific Archaeology, Easter Island

Faculty Spotlight

  • Alexander Bolyanatz

    Alexander BolyanatzAnthropology

    "If students have a better grasp of why they do what they do, and of why others do what they do, then I am satisfied in terms of what students take away from my classes."

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  • Derrick Willis

    Derrick WillisAnthropology

    "I find that education is transformative. I’m always looking for ways to apply those things my students read about in books and see how it fits in their real lives."

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  • Dale Simpson

    Dale SimpsonAnthropology

    "Anthropology gives us an appreciation of other cultures and gives us the intellectual competence to critique what others say."

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