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)