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Sociology and Anthropology Faculty

Hillary K. Crane - Associate Professor of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Linguistics; Asian Studies - Chair

Hillary K. Crane  Associate Professor of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Linguistics; Asian Studies - Chair

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Education: M.A., Ph.D. Brown University (Anthropology); B.A. Seattle University (History)

Hillary Crane teaches courses in cultural anthropology, linguistics, medical anthropology, anthropology of the body, religion, gender, sexuality, and East Asia. Her research examines areas where religion and medicine conflict or overlap and the gender of Taiwanese Buddhist nuns. She also researches the complexities of living with celiac disease in the U.S. and hires  students every summer to collaborate on that project.

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Robert Owen Gardner - Professor of Sociology; Faculty, Program in Environmental Studies

Robert Owen Gardner  Professor of Sociology; Faculty, Program in Environmental Studies

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B.A. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1997; Ph.D. University of Colorado- Boulder 2004.

Rob Gardner joined the faculty of Linfield College in 2004. His research examines the growth of temporary or “portable” communities cultivated within settings as diverse as post-disaster relief centers, bowling alleys, and bluegrass music festival campgrounds. Professor Gardner's teaching interests include community (SOAN 330), environment and sustainability (SOAN/ ENVS 250), social theory (SOAN 385), and music subcultures (SOAN 254). He has taught month-long travel courses to post-Katrina New Orleans to study disaster induced community change and to Mumbai and Varanasi, India to examine the role of non-governmental organizations in addressing persistent poverty.

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Thomas F. Love - Professor of Anthropology; Member Environmental Studies Faculty; Coordinator of Latin American Studies

Thomas F. Love  Professor of Anthropology; Member Environmental Studies Faculty; Coordinator of Latin American Studies

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Education: BA Columbia University; MA, MS, Ph.D. University of California, Davis

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Thomas Love joined the Linfield faculty in 1983; he teaches anthropology, environmental studies and Latin American studies courses, including human ecology, South America, global political economy, and socio-cultural change and collapse.  

Working in the central Andes and the Pacific Northwest, he has written on energy, human ecology and rural livelihood issues in Anthropology Today, American Ethnologist, Ambio, and the J of Sustainable Forestry, among others. Salient publications include: - a recently authored the monograph The “Independent Republic of Arequipa”: Making regional culture in the Andes (U Texas Press), now in translation with the press of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú/Universidad Católica Santa Maria de Arequipa); - co-edited Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies (Routledge Press, 2013), a reader in energy anthropology, with S. Strauss and S. Rupp; - coedited J of Economic Anthropology 3:1 (2016), an edited number on the theme of Energy and Economy (selected papers from the 2014 meeting of the Society for Economic Anthropology that we organized) with Cindy Isenhour, which also included our co-authored introduction Energy and Economy: Recognizing High Energy Modernity as an Historical Period; - wrote a chapter and co-edited State, Capital and Rural Society:Anthropological Perspectives on Political Economy in Mexico and the Andes (Westview Press, 1989) with B. Orlove and M. Foley.

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Amy J. Orr - George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Co-Coordinator, Gender Studies

Amy J. Orr  George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Co-Coordinator, Gender Studies

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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Notre Dame; M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame; B.S., Sociology-Anthropology;Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Amy Orr joined the Linfield faculty in 2001. Her primary courses include Fundamentals of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Society, Families in Comparative Perspective, Sociology of Education, Social Policy, and Social Research Methods. While Professor Orr’s research focuses on a number of issues related to education, her primary research focus is educational inequality (with a specific emphasis on racial/ethnic and gender differences in academic achievement). Orr regularly engages in collaborative research with students, and currently serves as the faculty representative for the Linfield College chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society and SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality).

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Jeff Peterson - Director of LCN/Associate Professor

Jeff Peterson  Director of LCN/Associate Professor

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Education: BS Washington State University; MA, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Jeff Peterson joined the Linfield faculty in 1994. He teaches a broad range of courses based on his research interests, including Urban Society and Culture, Latinas/Latinos in the U.S., Mexico, Central America & The Caribbean, and a senior-level capstone course, Social Movements, Citizenship and Dissent. He also teaches courses more broadly supportive of the major, including Social Theory, Social Research Methods, and Sociology of Deviance. He also has taught a Utopias and Dystopias course, which takes on various forms, including a focus on science fiction, and most recently, Impact of the Zombie Apocalypse on the Pacific Northwest. He regularly takes students abroad through January Term courses and semester programs, including 8 trips with students to Nicaragua, Honduras, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Professor Peterson also has a broad range of research and professional interests. His initial research focused on urban social movements in Mexico, where he did two years of field research. Subsequently, he has worked on projects involving Latinos in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, on indigenous groups in Costa Rica, and a three-year study for Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala, looking at the impact of a Habitat house on the health and economic well-being of families. He is also Director of the Linfield Center for the Northwest, a center that focuses on connecting students to the Pacific Northwest through research, service learning and internship opportunities that focus primarily on the areas of local enterprise, local communities and environmental issues. He initiated the Oregon Wine History Project™, and has worked on various interdisciplinary projects that focus on the sociology and history of the Oregon wine industry. More about the Linfield Center for the Northwest may be found at the LCN website.


Leslie Walker - Coordinator of the Anthropology Museum

Leslie Walker  Coordinator of the Anthropology Museum


Education: BA University of Central Arkansas (History); MA, Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Anthropology)

Leslie Walker joined the Linfield community in 2015 as the Coordinator for the Linfield Anthropology Museum and Instructor of Anthropology. Her research focuses on indigenous responses to European settlement and colonization, particularly as it is expressed through the changes in art and architecture, and community engagement in archaeological research. She has worked on a variety of historic and prehistoric archaeological projects, and conducted research on museum collections at a variety of museums, including the National Museum of the Native American. Leslie’s course topics at Linfield include archaeological methods, world prehistory, native cultures of North America and museum studies.


Affiliated Faculty

William Bestor - Associate Professor of Anthropology - Portland Campus Humanities and Social Sciences Chair

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  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Harvard University
  • MA, Anthropology, Harvard University
  • BA, Anthropology Honors, Yale University
  • Graduate work Universite de Poitiers (France), Ludwigmaxmiliansuniversitaet (Munich), Universidad nacional autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) (Mexico City), University of Washington, Pittsburg University

Academic Interests:
ANTHROPOLOGY, especially cultural anthropology. Professional sub-specialities: medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, clinical anthropology.
LANGUAGES and linguistics, especially Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Mesoamerican.
RELIGION, especially world folk religions, sociology and anthropology of religion, Buddhism and Islam, mythology.
RESEARCH METHODS, especially community studies, cross-cultural health and psychological assessment, childhood ethnography, cross-cultural use of projective techniques.
ADULT EDUCATION, continuing education, non-traditional students, anthropological field schools, educational travel courses.
HEALTH SCIENCES, especially comparative health care systems, international public health.
CINEMA AND FILM, especially foreign film, visual anthropology, ethnographic film.
INTERDISCIPLINARY collaborative research, especially medical (Portugal) and public health (Mexico) and mental health of vulnerable populations (USA).


Daniel Chaffee - Visiting Assistant Professor

Daniel Chaffee  Visiting Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D., Flinders University
  • M.A., University of Kent
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

Elizabeth DeVisser - Anatomy Lab Coordinator

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B.A. Anthropology, Linfield College 2004; M.S. Human Biology, University of Indianapolis 2013

I have always loved the human body. This passion has taken me from my humble upbringing in Las Vegas, NV to excavation pits in Chile where I aided in searches for victims of human rights abuses. I earned my BS in Anthropology at Linfield College and my MSc in Human Biology at the University of Indianapolis. My casework spans two continents. I was a death investigator in Michigan, and a forensic anthropologist in Indiana. In Chile I generated novel mathematical equations to estimate stature and help in identification efforts for the “disappeared,” people who went missing during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. My passion has landed me back at Linfield, where I currently have the privilege of introducing students to the amazing wonder that is the human body. 


Amy Miller - Visiting Assistant Professor

Amy Miller  Visiting Assistant Professor

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Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon M.S., Sociology, University of Oregon B.A., Sociology, University of Northern Iowa

Amy C. Miller joined the Linfield faculty in 2012. She teaches a broad range of courses including, Fundamentals of Sociology, Gender and Society, Deviance: Individual and Society, Medicine and Culture, Families in Comparative Perspective, and Gender, Health, and Reproductive Politics. Her research is in the areas of gender, the sociology of health and illness, and reproductive politics. She is particularly interested in midwifery and home birth with an emphasis on the impacts of intersecting inequalities within reproductive health care. In a project to explore women's experiences with home-to-hospital transport for planned home births, she conducted qualitative research on midwives, women who planned home births and transported to a hospital, nurses, and obstetricians.