SACC Mentors

SACC mentors are members who have volunteered to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact one or more of the mentors listed below.


Dr. Jessica Amato

Napa Valley College, Napa, CA

Teaching: Four-field approach, Linguistic Anthro, Bio Anthro with Lab.

Research: Political ecology theory and science/conservation studies.

[email protected]


Anthony Balzano, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology & Sociology

Dept. of Social Sciences & History

Sussex County (NJ) Community College

Teaching: 4-fields, Cultural, Physical, the Caribbean, religion, drugs, body art/body modification, music.

Research: undergraduate pedagogy, Haiti, land tenure, peasant agriculture, agroforestry, NGO’s, Haitian diaspora.

[email protected]

SKYPE: anthonybalzano

SCCC Office: 973-300-2177

Cell: 973-271-7680


Autumn Cahoon

Adjunct Professor Anthropology

Sierra College

Teaching: Physical Anthropology (lecture and lab), Forensic Anthropology,  and Cultural Anthropology (online and face to face)

Research:  Sex estimation, Sociolinguistics

[email protected]


Laura T. González

Associate Professor, Anthropology

San Diego Miramar College

Teaching: Cultural and Physical Anthropology

Research: Food and Culture, Arranged Marriage in India

[email protected]


Patricia Hamlen

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Harper College, Chicago, IL

Teaching/research: Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archeology, current topics in anthropology, globalization

[email protected]

(847) 925-6215


Angela C. Jenks, Ph.D.

Current position: LPSOE, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Previous position: Full-time Instructor of Anthropology, Los Angeles Southwest College

Areas of teaching/research: Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Anthropology, United States

Contact: [email protected]


Diane Levine

Retired Chair of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences

Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA

Fields of teaching/research: Linguistics, Native Americans, Gender

[email protected]

(818) 257-4330


Tad McIlwraith

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Teaching/research: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Indigenous Peoples of North America

[email protected]