Department of Anthropology and Sociology

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

102 Old Library Building
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2556
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Dr. Wholey, Chairperson
Dr. Desousa, Assistant Chairperson

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology offers, on a limited basis, graduate courses in anthropology and sociology to graduate students from other areas as well as to advanced undergraduate majors and nonmajors.

All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

All graduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.


Susan L. Johnston (2001)

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.S., Hahnemann University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Paul Stoller (1980)

B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Heather Wholey (2005)

Chairperson, Anthropology and Sociology

B.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America

Associate Professors

Miguel Ceballos (2012)

Director, Ethnic Studies Program

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Valerian Desousa (2008)

Assistant Chairperson, Anthropology and Sociology

B.A., Bombay University; M.A., Xavier Labour Relations Institute (India); Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Leveille (2006)

B.A., University of Rhode Island; M.A., Ed.M., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Jacqueline Zalewski (2007)

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Parkside; M.A., Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago

Assistant Professors

Leon Arredondo (2011)

Director, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program

B.A., Montclair State University; M.Phil., Ph.D., City University of New York

Rebecca L. Chancellor (2013)

B.A., University of Nevada; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Michael A. Di Giovine (2013)

B.S., Georgetown University; A.M., Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Sebastian Guzman (2017)

B.A., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; M.A., New School University; Ph.D., New School University

Aliza D. Richman (2014)

B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., M.P.H., Northwestern University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Julie B. Wiest (2013)

B.S., University of Tennessee; M.A., University of Georgia; Ph.D., University of Tennessee


ANT 521. American Indian Today. 3 Credits.

Through biographies, case studies, and analyses of current events, this course explores issues concerning and of concern to contemporary North American Indians.
Typically offered in Fall.

ANT 568. Advanced Archaeological Field School. 3-6 Credits.

This course offers professional level training in archaeological field research methods. The course is designed for students with prior archaeology field experience wishing to increase their competencies, for students entering a graduate program who have not previously taken an archaeology field school, or for graduate students wishing to increase their competencies.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Summer.

ANT 599. Independent Studies in Anthropology. 1-3 Credits.

Individual, graduate level research projects or reports under faculty supervision.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall.


SOC 590. Independent Studies in Sociology. 1-3 Credits.

Individual research projects, reports, and/or readings.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.