Office Hours:
Tues/Thur 10:15-11, 3:45-6
Wed 11-12:30 by appointment



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.
Fall 2016 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 260:
M/Myths&Folktales of Am Indian

    A survey of both traditional and contemporary American Indian and Eskimo folktales, myths, legends, and lore, including extensive description and reading of source material, with emphasis on North Ame
    rica. Major topics include creation myths, nature tales, trickster tales, the role of oral literature in Native American cultures, and analysis of myth and folklore. Offered every fall
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ANTH 388:
Exp:Almost Anthropologists