Learn more about our anthropology faculty by clicking on the orange '+' sign next to each instructor's name

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Cassandra Bill Instructor

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Office: B010g
Email: cbill@langara.ca

Ph.D, Tulane University (Anthropology)

Interests: development of complex societies; ancient Maya civilization; material culture and cultural identity; indigenous societies of Latin America.

Current Research: traditions and transitions in material culture and cultural identity at Copan, Honduras; regional politics and sociocultural developments in the El Paraiso Valley, Honduras.

Courses Taught: ANTH 1120, ANTH 1131, ANTH 1132, ANTH 1160, ANTH 2234, LAMS 1100

Lisa Ferguson Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5716
Office: B010i
Email: lferguson@langara.ca

MSc, Sheffield University (Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology)

Interests: biological anthropology; forensic anthropology; paleopathology; mummy studies; archaeology of death and burial; deviant burial.

Current Research: meta-analysis of mortuary practices and treatment of the dead.

Courses Taught: ANTH 1131, ANTH 1132, ANTH 1400, ANTH 1195 (Ancient Egypt & Africa)

Gordon Roe Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5719
Office: B010l
Email: groe@langara.ca

Ph.D, Simon Fraser University (Cultural Anthropology)

Interests: community research; anthropological methods and ethics.

Courses Taught:  ANTH 1120, ANTH 1170, ANTH 1500, ANTH 2250, ANTH 2260

Katharine McEwen Instructor

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Email: kmcewen@langara.ca

 

Katharine is originally from Ontario but moved east to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to study a B.A.H Social Anthropology and International Development at The University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. She moved to the UK to study at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, to complete her master’s degree in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology. Katharine joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the beginning of 2020.

Katharine’s current research focuses on the forensic themes of taphonomic damage, specifically the thermal alteration of cranial gunshot trauma, as well as the application of forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology methods to human rights concerns including when communities are facing natural disasters and displacement.

At Langara, Katharine teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1120), Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Human Origins (ANTH 1131), and Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 1400).

When Katharine isn’t teaching, you are most likely to find her kayaking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.  No matter the season you will find her with a cup of tea on the go.

Adam Solomonian Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5760
Office: B010h.2
Email: asolomonian@langara.ca

Department Chair

Adam grew up in a small farming community in the Ottawa Valley region of Ontario, and first moved to Vancouver in 2007 to take up graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Completing both an MA and a PhD at UBC, Adam was fortunate enough to take up an instructor position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Langara College in the summer of 2016.

As an applied Cultural Anthropologist, Adam believes deeply in Anthropology’s dual purpose of celebrating cultural diversity and critiquing/exposing forms of inequality in our societies. His research has primarily focused on visual culture, in particular family photograph collections and acts of visual sovereignty in Northwest Coast Indigenous communities, by assisting with community-driven archival and ethnographic research projects. Currently, Adam is developing a new research project on competing cultural discourses of conservation around anadromous fish species throughout the Pacific Northwest.

At Langara, Adam teaches courses such as: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1120), Aboriginal Cultures of BC* (ANTH 1180), the Anthropology of Religion (ANTH 2250), the Anthropology of Food (ANTH 2270), and special topics courses in subjects like Visual Anthropology and the Anthropology of Media.

When not teaching, Adam can most likely be found tying flies and fishing for steelhead, playing or watching baseball (go Brewers!), playing music, or on an adventure with his partner Jill and their dog Ruby.

*soon to be renamed Settler Colonialism and Reconciliation in British Columbia

Cara Tremain Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2155
Office: B010h.2
Email: ctremain@langara.ca

Cara is originally from the UK, where she studied archaeology at University College London for her BA. She fell in love with the ancient Maya after travelling to Belize in 2006 to complete a field school, and decided to relocate to Canada to continue her studies.

She moved to Ontario in 2009, to complete her MA at Trent University, and was fortunate  to be able to return to Belize in 2010 to conduct her field research at the ancient Maya site of Ka’Kabish. For several summers afterwards she returned to the site to work as Field Director.

In 2011 she moved to Alberta for her PhD at the University of Calgary, which she completed in 2017, and was very happy to be able to move to Vancouver to start working at Langara that same year.

As well as studying ancient Maya archaeology, Cara is passionate about contributing to the study of looting and illicit antiquities to help protect cultural heritage. Her interests also include museum collections (she has worked at, and held research positions for, several  museums in the UK and North America), fakes and forgeries, and auction house sales.

At Langara, Cara teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1120), Introduction to Archaeology (1132), Digital Archaeology (ANTH 1195), Ethnoarchaeology (1224), Museum Collections and Heritage (ANTH 2220), and Ancient Civilizations (2234).

Cara is currently carrying out a study about digital heritage, funded by Langara's Applied Research Center, and is recruiting student volunteers to take part. This is an exciting opportunity to use an Oculus Virtual Reality Headset and new Ipad Pro with Augument Reality apps and LiDAR scanning capabilities. If you are interested in taking part (you'll be compensated for your time), please email Cara for more information!

Students interested in volunteering for local museums should contact Cara, who is always happy to help secure volunteer positions for students! Students interested in gaining hands-on archaeology experience, especially in Belize, should also contact Cara- she is more than happy to take students to work in the jungle with her, or help students find an archaeological field school.

When Cara isn’t teaching, she enjoys getting outside as much as possible- whether it is hiking, biking, kayaking, or snowboarding- and she also loves spending time with her awesome husband and adorable cat.

Cara also spends time volunteering for local heritage societies and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Latin American Archaeology Society (https://www.claas-canada.com/) and BC Society for the Museum of Original Costume (https://www.smoc.ca/).

 

Stanley Copp Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5238
Office: B010k
Email: scopp@langara.ca

Emeritus Faculty

Ph.D, Simon Fraser University (Archaeology)

Interests: any and all aspects of archaeology whether historical or pre-contact; rock art; ethnoarchaeology; forensic archaeology issues.

Research:  the archaeology and ethnohistory of Stanley Park; rock art of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Interior, as well as American Southwest regions; archaeology of the Pacific Northwest fur trade; ethnology of modern and ancient Pagan cults.