Melissa Medich

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First Name: 
Melissa
Last Name: 
Medich
Title: 
Associate Faculty
Department: 
Social Sciences
Division: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office: 
SC - BGS 318 - Office
Organization: 
Saddleback College
Melissa recently joined Saddleback College as an Associate Faculty Member. She is a broadly trained anthropologist with a background in archaeology, social-cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology, with a passion for providing students with a holistic approach to the discipline.  Melissa has taught a variety of introductory and upper-level anthropology courses at Chaffey College, Purdue University, and Saint Mary’s College.

Research and Teaching Interests:
•    economic anthropology
•    market and exchange systems
•    dependency theory and development
•    hegemonic power
•    post-colonialism in the Pacific
•    migration and transnational relations
•    symbolic and interpretive anthropologies
•    ritual and religion
•    anthropology of gender
•    paleoanthropology
•    paleopathology
•    hominoid / hominin development
•    Neolithic and Urban Revolutions
•    economic, artistic and religious transitions in the ancient world (Greco-Roman and Near Eastern societies)