Sociology and Anthropology Faculty
Daniel Chaffee - Visiting Assistant Professor
- Ph.D., Flinders University
- M.A., University of Kent
- B.A., Wesleyan University
Hillary K. Crane - Associate Professor of Anthropology (Chair); Co-Coordinator, Linguistics; Asian Studies
M.A., Ph.D. Brown University (Anthropology); B.A. Seattle University (History)
Hillary Crane joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. Her courses examine sociolinguistics and linguistic theory, medical anthropology, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, love, East and Southeast Asians.
Professor Crane's research explores areas where religious and medical discourses intersect or conflict, primarily on the subject of gender construction; the relationship between self-inflicted pain and communication in various religious contexts; the masculine self-identity of Taiwanese Buddhist nuns; and the complexities of living with celiac disease - particularly for Catholics who cannot consume communion wafers. She recently co-edited a collection on the subject of conversion pressures on anthropologists who research religious communities: Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography, with Deana L. Weibel. Some of her publications are available at Linfield's Digital Commons.
Robert Owen Gardner - Associate Professor of Sociology; Program in Environmental Studies
Education: 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 dissertation research examined the growth of temporary or “portable” communities cultivated within the vibrant bluegrass music festival scene in the Rocky Mountain West. In his other graduate research, he examined competing discourses framing social conflicts related urban growth along Colorado’s Front Range. Since arriving at Linfield, Rob has continued his research on music communities, scenes, and subcultures but has also branched into the study of disaster volunteerism and community resilience. His current research examines the emergent organizational dynamics and political motives driving grassroots volunteer relief activity in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast.
Driven by a pedagogy rooted in service-learning and civic engagement, Rob's teaching interests include community sustainability, environmental sociology, community, social theory, and music subcultures. He has developed 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 NGOs in addressing persistent poverty. He has also led several groups of students serving the local community through studies of rural homelessness.Professor Gardner's Web Page
Thomas F. Love - Professor of Anthropology; Member Environmental Studies Faculty; Coordinator of Latin American Studies
Education: BA Columbia University; MA, MS, Ph.D. University of California, Davis
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. He co-edited Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies (Left Coast Press, 2013), a reader in energy anthropology, with S. Strauss and S. Rupp, State, Capital and Rural Society: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Economy in Mexico and the Andes (Westview Press, 1989) with B. Orlove and M. Foley, and is completing both a monograph The “Independent Republic of Arequipa”: The making of regional culture in the central Andes (U Texas Press), and Energy and Economy, an edited number of the J of Economic Anthropology (with Cindy Isenhour).
Amy Miller - Visiting Assistant Professor
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.
Amy J. Orr - George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Co-Coordinator, Gender Studies
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. She teaches a wide range of courses for the department, including Fundamentals of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Education, Gender and Society, Social Policy, Families in Comparative Perspective, and Social Research Methods. Orr has also co-taught a travel course to Scandinavia during which students examined the education systems in Sweden and Norway, and is planning a future Jan-term course to Ghana. She served as the senior thesis coordinator for 12 of the past 15 years.
Professor Orr’s primary research focus is educational inequality, with a specific emphasis on racial/ethnic and gender differences in academic achievement. Her work has been published in journals such as Sociology of Education and Sex Roles. While she focuses primarily on educational inequality in the United States, she has also examined issues surrounding immigration and education in Scandinavia. In addition, Orr has published several manuscripts that address issues in undergraduate research, including two that have focused specifically on engaging students in undergraduate research while studying abroad. Orr’s collaborative research projects with students have examined gender issues in both education and politics.
Orr has been actively engaged in a number of professional organizations, including the Pacific Sociological Association, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and AAUP-Oregon. She currently serves as a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta national council, and served as the President of the Pacific Sociological Association from 2017-2018. Orr has also recently completed a term on the editorial board of Sociology of Education (a journal of the American Sociological Association), and is currently an Advisory Editor for Sociological Perspectives.
On campus, Orr serves as the faculty representative for the Linfield College chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and as the faculty mentor for SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality).
Jeff Peterson - Director of LCN/Associate Professor
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.Professor Peterson's Web Page
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.
William Bestor - Associate Professor of Anthropology - Portland Campus Humanities and Social Sciences Chair
Building and Office: Loveridge Hall 24 EF
- 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
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).
Elizabeth DeVisser - Anatomy Lab Coordinator
Cook Hall 105
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.