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Linda Neff, M.A.

Anthropology Instructor

Business and Social Sciences Division



Foothill campus


Student comments:
"Linda is a great online instructor! Her class is easy to follow and discussions we had were great! Really got me thinking!"
"Linda enjoyed her subject and in turn made the course fun and a great learning experience. I would recommend this course to others."
" I really like the way the class assignments were organized. The videos we were assigned in the first part of the week helped make the book easier to understand. The videos were interesting, and I never would have found them on my own. Of all the college courses that I've taken, Professor Neff provided the best learning environment. She is a wonderful teacher. And very accessible!"
"She was truly amazing, she made taking an online lab fun!!"
"Extremely caring and compassionate instructor."

Course information:


American Southwest Archaeology; Mesoamerican Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management; Applied Anthropology; Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods; Neanderthal Studies


My name is Linda Neff, and I have been teaching online for the past ten years. �Since 1987, I have worked as a paleoanthropologist, research archaeologist, cultural resource manager, GIS archaeological analyst, ceramic and lithic analyst, and cultural anthropologist. �As a paleoanthropologist, I was fascinated with Neanderthals and completed research investigating Neanderthal thumbs. �As an archaeologist, I have worked primarily in the American Southwest and in Mesoamerica surveying, excavating, and analyzing the remains of the Anasazi, Maya, and historic Americans. �As a cultural anthropologist, I produced culturally relevant multimedia curriculum for students on the Navajo Reservation where I created numerous video and audio documentaries on a variety of indigenous topics. I have worked as an agricultural anthropologist by creating an ethnography of a modern day organic farm in Belize, Central America as part of an investigation to understand farming in the tropics. �I have worked for, with, and alongside people who are members of the Zuni, Navajo, Havasupai, Hopi, Quichua, Yucatec Maya, and various other groups. �I have a very strong technical background that includes knowledge and skills in Geographic Information Systems, relational database design, programming, and Web 2.0 applications. I am currently working on archaeology project in the American Southwest studying the prehistoric settlement patterns of the Yavapai and Apache, who live in central Arizona.� I am also embarking on a new project that focuses on the ancient Sinagua people, who lived in and around the Flagstaff area around 1000 years ago. In any case, I have often been called an anthropological educator, focusing on students to help them gain perspective on themselves and others by using their own social context to understand and connect to new contexts. I use my anthropological perspective in almost everything that I do. �I really look forward to working with you.

Last update: 2019-09-09
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