Professor Needham Shines Light on Cambodian Shadow Puppetry


Despite its name, shadow puppetry glows from a spiritually whimsical manipulation of light; although there was a time when an unfathomable darkness nearly wiped the little-known art form out of existence. From 1976 to 1979, nearly 90 percent of the artists in Cambodia, where shadow puppetry was … [Read more...]

CSUDH Professors Featured, Utilize NBC Learn’s Online Platform


California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is the latest campus to contribute to the California State University (CSU) system's growing collection of informative and educational videos posted on NBC Learn's Campus Perspectives collection. Produced by the College of Extended and … [Read more...]

Field Notes from Peru: A Blog by Dr. Jerry Moore and Anthropology Students


Professor of Anthropology Jerry Moore and four students, Claudio Carini, Michelle Garcia, Martha Ramos, and Steve Rosales, are in Peru using geophysical techniques to help answer archaeological questions at sites dating from as old as 4700 – 4300 BC and as recent as AD 1400 – 1500. This is their … [Read more...]

Professor of Anthropology Jerry Moore Honored with Prestigious Book Award

Cover-Jerry Moore book

The Society of American Archaeology (SAA) has named Jerry Moore, chair of Academic Senate and professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, the recipient of its 2014 Book Award for his book, “The Prehistory of Home” (University of California Press, Berkeley, … [Read more...]

The Bittersweet Truth about Chocolate


Criollo, forastero, trinitario. Varietals with fruity or woody notes. These aren’t wine terms, but rather those regarding cacao—the raw form of chocolate. Cacao (cocoa), one of the world’s largest soft commodities, is largely produced under complex if not controversial circumstances. The … [Read more...]

Jerry Moore: Authoring an Anthropological Look of Home

Moore In the Field In Baja California

The concept of home has deep meaning for most people. It may go even deeper for Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. During his career as an anthropological archaeologist, he’s been – as he calls it – “digging into people’s home for 30 years,” … [Read more...]

Anthropology Professor Receives NOAA Sea Grant Funding to Study Value-Added Market Approaches to California Fisheries

Ana Pitchon

Fishermen are not unlike other small business owners experiencing hardships in today’s tough economic climate. How to help them develop new strategies that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable will be the focus of a new research project being led by California State … [Read more...]

Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Noted Anthropologist to Discuss Origins of Civilization – March 21

Charles Stanish

The California State University, Dominguez Hills College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (CNBS) presents its annual Distinguished Speakers Series with Charles Stanish, professor of anthropology and director of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology at the University of California, Los … [Read more...]

Anthropology Department Produces 3rd Cambodian Arts and Culture Exhibition

Lillian Justice worked with Dosokhum Roth, a former Buddhist monk, to present the art of yoan, sacred drawings that serve as protective talismans and prayers to be answered.

In collaboration with Cambodia Town, Inc., the Anthropology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills presents the 3rd Cambodian Arts and Culture Exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 19 at MacArthur Park in Long Beach. The event, which showcases the art, language, and traditions of the … [Read more...]

Juan Ramirez: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Intern Gains On-the-Job Experience

Anthropology major Juan Ramirez bridges the gap between cultural beliefs and enforcing the law as a wildlife inspector trainee for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

As an anthropology major at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Juan Ramirez has learned the value of understanding beliefs that in one culture may be the norm but to another may seem strange. However, through his internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife inspector … [Read more...]