Office Hours

Tues/Thur 12:45-2:30



Research Interests

Social and cultural anthropology

American Indians: Eastern (Iroquois and Catawba); Southwest; Great Basin

Contemporary North American cultures and ethnicity.

Native and non-Native Asian Studies

Refugee and migrant studies


Russell A. Judkins

Associate Professor

of Anthropology

Bailey 149
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Russell A. Judkins has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1972

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • B.A., Brigham Young University

Research Interests

  • Present: Jesse Cornplanter, Seneca (1889-1957): biographical studies; cataloging of personal documents from the Bartlett/Cornplanter Collection housed at SUNY Geneseo.
  • Present: Preparation of new editions of classic works by Lewis Henry Morgan (with Ely Parker) and Henry R. Schoolcraft (relying upon David Cusick); Native American contributions.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • In preparation: "Earnest Smith and Arthur C. Parker: Cutlural Themes in Ernest Smith's Paintings." Co-author, with Richard Hill (Tuscarora)/Smithsonian.
  • 1996: Morgan's League of the Ho-de'-no-sau-nee or Iroquois: a Reader's - Native American Edition (editor). Forthcoming, Persimmon Press.
  • 1994: "Threat to Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historic Native American Sites in the Genesee Valley from the Geological Consquences of the Azko Salt Mine Collapse," Conference on Iroquois Research. Rensselaerville Institute. Rensselaerville, NY.
Spring 2015 Classes

ANTH 100:
S/M/Intr Cultural Anthropology

    This course has two broad aims. One is to introduce students to the field of cultural anthropology by paying close attention to what anthropologists do and how they do it. The other is to explore so
    me of the ways in which people organize their lives and construct systems of meaning -- from kin relations and gender roles to economic systems and marriage patterns, religion and healing. In the process, we will be challenged to think about the value of cultural diversity in an increasingly interconnected world and to see ourselves from others' point of view.
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ANTH 208:
M/Classics of Ethnography

    The best and most significant anthropological writings describing (primarily) non-Western ways of life are studied. Students review ethnographic accounts, including examples from all parts of the worl
    d, representing writings ranging from the nineteenth century to the present. Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101. Offered every spring
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ANTH 301:
M/Religion, Society & Culture

    A survey of the theories of religion based on a comparative study of ethnographic evidence from Western and non-Western cultures. Emphasis is on the cognitive roots, social functions, psychological i
    mpact, and cultural meanings of religion. The relevance of religion to the contemporary world in a time of modernization and globalization is probed, so is the nature of fundamentalism from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101 or permission of instructor. Offered spring, odd years
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