Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology Major
John H. Johnsen, Ph.D.
Dean School Arts & Sciences
Office: 286 Gordon Science Center
Professor Johnsen has been a member of the faculty since 1977. He has focused his research and teaching on the areas of medical anthropology (cultures, health, and healing), Native American culture and history, and more recently ecological anthropology. He was co-author of "Toward a Critical Medical Anthropology," published in a special issue of Social Science and Medicine, which became a seminal piece in the development of a critical and politically-oriented theoretical orientation in medical anthropology.
In 2000 he taught for a semester in Krakow, Poland at the Jagiellonian University, an experience that resulted in the publication of several articles on aspects of Native American history for a Polish academic audience. While there he became acquainted with participants in the active Polish Indian hobbyist movement and plans to return to study the movement and its ideas and attitudes about Native Americans.
His recent research has been in ecological anthropology, and in particular on the attitudes and conceptions of Nature reflected in the debate over whether to "restore" wolves to the Adirondack Park.
Each year for the last several years, along with Professor Thomas Crist, he has taught an anthropological field school in southern Albania at the amazing archaeological site of Butrint. The focus of this field school has been on the analysis of the human remains that have been excavated at the site.
In addition to teaching and research he has served as an academic administrator for a number of years and is currently the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Among the accomplishments he is proudest of is being one of the planners of the Utica College Young Scholars Program, and he continues to serve as the President of the Advisory Board of that program.