Gaelyn’s work falls under the broad heading of performative anthropology, an area of interest that looks to performance both as the way in which people experience the quotidian aspects of their lives, and the method by which the ethnographer produces knowledge about those experiences. Before she was an anthropologist, Gaelyn was an independent filmmaker who worked with a diverse range of transnational communities to produce documentaries that profiled individuals, organizations, and issues that lacked access to popular support and conventional media outlets. She has carried out fieldwork in the U.S., México, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia, where (as a Fulbright Fellow) she conducted research on dance and the cultural politics of national identity. Since earning her doctorate from the University of Southern California, she has turned her attention to the encounters and articulations between Greater México and the United States.
Luke Kellett is professional archaeologist who has done fieldwork in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Peru. As an anthropological archaeologist he is interested in the long-term interactions between humans, landscapes and the environment especially, during periods of climate change. He has worked as a federal archaeologist for US Forest Service at the Cibola National Forest (NM). Prior to that, he spent five seasons (2002-2006) conducting archaeological research in the Andahuaylas region of southern Peru where he investigated the settlement ecology of high elevation (12,000 ft+) pre-Inca (AD 1000-1400) hilltop sites in relation to drought conditions, increased economic scarcity and heightened levels of warfare. He has taught the following courses at UMF: Introduction ot Archaeology (ANT 102S), Human Origins and Cultural Development (ANT 103S), Anthropology of Warfare (SOC/ANT 277S), and Archaeology of Latin America (ANT 277)
Dr. Kellett is an applied anthropologist whose research interests center on gender, economic development, medical anthropology, globalization, and environmental anthropology. Although the bulk of her research has taken place in the Andes (Peru), Dr. Kellett has also conducted research in the U.S. southwest, Belize, and has worked as a consultant for projects in Kenya and Uganda. Dr. Kellett has worked with indigenous populations in the Andes, female inmates, Native American tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and others. She teaches a number of courses including: Gender, Development and Globalization; Research Methods; Theoretical Foundations of Sociology and Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Latin America: Cultures and Contexts; Cultural Ecology; among others. When not working with students or conducting research, Dr. Kellett enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, canoeing, and spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.
Dr. Jon Oplinger hails from northern Ohio. After military service — a period of long hikes in the Annamese Cordillera— Jon Oplinger returned to Kent State University to earn degrees in anthropology (MA) and Sociology (Ph D). Less official educational experiences include living in Peronist Argentina. Dr Oplinger has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys and has also published a monograph on the sociology of deviance. Oplinger Joined the UMF faculty in 1982 where he continues to lecture on both sociology and anthropology. Oplinger regards himself as primarily a teacher although he maintains a research interest in social institutions. Writing is an part of his life. He has co-authored a children’s book The Wicked Small People of Whiskey Bridge. His most recent scholarly work is included in a series of essays on deviance soon to be published by Bloomsbury Press. Oplinger continues to hike in calmer circumstances.