Gordon F Rakita

Dir Academic Technology • Professor of Anthropology

Academic Technology • Administration & Finance Division

Areas of Expertise

Bioarchaeology, Archaeology & Physical Anthropology, Anthropological Approaches to Mortuary & Ritual Behavior, Cemetery Studies, Prehistory of the North America Southwest & Northern Mexico, Evolutionary Theory, Emergent Social Complexity, Archaeological Method & Theory, Statistical Analyses & Data Management, Cultural Resource Management, Forensic Sciences

Education

University of New Mexico, Ph.D. (in Anthropology) with Academic Distinction, 2001
University of New Mexico, M.A. (in Anthropology), 1997
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. (in Anthropology), 1993
 

Biography

Gordon F.M. Rakita is a bioarchaeologist and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work. Currently he serves as Director of Academic Technology at UNF. He is the past Program Coordinator for Anthropology at UNF; former Principal Investigator and Analytical Director for SWCA Environmental Consultants of Flagstaff, Arizona and holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He is Associate Editor for the Society for American Archaeology Press. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He is Co-Director of the 76 Draw Archaeological Project and Director of UNF’s Community Cemetery Project. He has been awarded both the Outstanding Faculty Service Award (for 2011-2012) and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2005-2006) at UNF.

Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award, University of North Florida, 2012

 

  • Nominated for 2010-2011 Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Faculty Service Award, and Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award, University of North Florida, 2011

 

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010

 

  • Elected member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, 2009

 

  • Nominated for 2008-2009 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award , University of North Florida, 2008

 

  • Awarded 2005-2006 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2006

 

  • Nominated for 2004-2005 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award , University of North Florida, 2004

 

  • Ruth Kennedy Memorial Lectureship for Outstanding Doctoral Student, Maxwell Museum Association & Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 2000

 

  • Broilo-Basehart Best Student Paper at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings Award, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1997
     

Affiliations

University of New Mexico, Department of Anthropology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, (Aug.) 2009 – present
 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

See Curriculum Vitae

Publications & Presentations

See full Curriculum Vitae here.

 

MONOGRAPHS/BOOKS

 

Rakita, G. F. M.
2009 Ancestors and Elites: Emergent Complexity and Ritual Practices in the Casas Grandes Polity. AltaMira Press (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.), Lanham, MD. [206 pp.]

 

Rakita, G. F. M., J. E. Buikstra, L. A. Beck, S. R. Williams (eds.)
2005 Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millennium. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL. [390 pp.]

 

Hurt, T. D. and G. F. M. Rakita (eds.)
2001 Style & Function: Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology. Bergin & Garvey, Westport, CT. [210 pp.]

 

Buikstra, J. E., D. K. Charles and G. F. M. Rakita
1998 Staging Ritual: Hopewell Ceremonialism at the Mound House Site, Greene County, Illinois. Kampsville Studies in Archaeology and History, No. 1. Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville, Illinois. [198 pp.]

 

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES/CHAPTERS

 

Rakita, G. F. M.
2013 Life in Print: the Publication Record of Jane E. Buikstra. In The Dead Tell Tales: Essays in Honor of Jane E. Buikstra, edited by Maria C. Lozada & Barra O’Donnabhain, pp. 7-17. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

 

Lozada, M. C. and G. F. M. Rakita
2013 Andean Life Transitions and Gender Perceptions in the Past: A Bioarchaeological Approach Among the Pre-Inca Chiribaya of Southern Peru. In The Dead Tell Tales: Essays in Honor of Jane E. Buikstra, edited by Maria C. Lozada & Barra O’Donnabhain, pp. 114-122. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

 

Rakita, Gordon F.M., Christine S. VanPool, Todd L. VanPool, and Sarah Sterling
2011 An Introduction to the 76 Draw Site, Luna County, New Mexico. In Patterns in Transition: Papers from the 16th Biennial Jornada Mogollon Conference, edited by Melinda R. Landreth, pp. 29–64. El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso, Texas.

 

Lozada, M. C., J. E. Buikstra, G. Rakita, J. Wheeler
2009 Camelid Herders: The Forgotten Specialists in the Coastal Señorío of Chiribaya, Southern Perú. In Andean Civilization: A Tribute to Michael E. Moseley, edited by Joyce Marcus and Patrick Ryan Williams, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles. Pp. 351-377.

 

VanPool, Todd L., G.F.M. Rakita, C.S. VanPool
2009 Cerro del Diablo: Un Sitio Multi-Componente de la Cultura Casas Grandes en la Regíon de Janos. (Cerro del Diablo: A Multicomponent Site in the Janos region of the Casas Grandes Culture.) Espaciotiempo, Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, 3: 50-59.

 

Rakita, G. F. M.
2008 Mortuary and Non-Mortuary Ritual Practices at the Pre-Hispanic site of Paquimé (Casas Grandes), Chihuahua, Mexico. In Reanalysis and Reinterpretation in Southwestern Bioarchaeology, edited by Ann L. W. Stodder, Arizona State Museum, Anthropological Monograph Series volume 59, Arizona State University Press. pp. 55-79.

 

Rakita, G. F. M. and J. E. Buikstra
2008 Feather Waving or The Numinous?: Archaeological Perspectives on Ritual, Religion, and Ideology. An Introduction to An Archaeological Perspective on Ritual, Religion, and Ideology from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, compiled by Gordon F. M. Rakita and Jane E. Buikstra, SAA Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 1-17.

 

Rakita, G. F. M.
2006 Ancestors and Elites: Emergent Complexity, Ritual Practices and Mortuary Behavior at Paquimé, Chihuahua, Mexico, In Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest, edited by Christine S. VanPool, Todd L. VanPool, & David A. Phillips, Alta Mira Press, Lanham, MD. pp. 219-233.

 

Rakita, G. F. M.
2006 Hemenway, Hrdlička , and Hawikku: An Historical Perspective on Bioarchaeological Research in the American Southwest. In Bioarchaeology: The Contextual Analysis of Human Remains, edited by J. E. Buikstra and L. A. Beck, Academic Press, Amsterdam. pp. 95-111.

 

Rakita, G. F. M.
2006* Phylogenetic Research Techniques & Methodological Lessons from Bioarchaeology. In Mapping Our Ancestors: Phylogenetic Methods in Anthropology and Prehistory, edited by Carl P. Lipo, Michael J. O’Brien, Mark Collard, and Stephen Shennan, Aldine Transaction Press, New Brunswick. pp.119-129.

 

Rakita, G. F. M. and J. E. Buikstra
2005 Introduction, In Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millenium, edited by Gordon F.M. Rakita, Jane E. Buikstra, Lane A. Beck, & Sloan R. Williams, University Press of Florida, Gainesville. pp. 1-11.

 

Rakita, G. F. M. and J. E. Buikstra
2005 Corrupting Flesh: Reexamining Hertz's Perspective on Mummification and Cremation, In Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millenium, edited by Gordon F.M. Rakita, Jane E. Buikstra, Lane A. Beck, & Sloan R. Williams, University Press of Florida, Gainesville. pp. 97-106

 

Buikstra, J. E., P. D. Tomczak, M. C. Lozada Cerna, and G. F. M. Rakita
2005 Chiribaya Political Economy: A Bioarchaeological Perspective, In Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millenium, edited by Gordon F.M. Rakita, Jane E. Buikstra, Lane A. Beck, & Sloan R. Williams, University Press of Florida, Gainesville. pp. 66-80

 

Hargis, J. and Rakita, G.
2005 The More We Change, The More We Remain the Same: The Electracy Model of Teaching and Learning. The International Journal of Learning 11: 309-314.

 

Rakita, G. F. M. and G. R. Raymond
2003 The Temporal Sensitivity of Casas Grandes Polychrome Ceramics. The Kiva 68(3): 153-184.

 

Rakita, G. F. M. and T. D. Hurt
2001 Preface. In Style & Function: Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology, edited by T. D. Hurt and G. F. M. Rakita. Bergin & Garvey, Westport, CT. pp. xxv-xxviii.

 

Hurt, T. D., T. L. VanPool, G. F. M. Rakita and R. D. Leonard
2001 Explaining the Co-occurrence of Traits in the Archaeological Record: A Further Consideration of Replicative Success. In Style & Function: Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology, edited by T. D. Hurt and G. F. M. Rakita. Bergin & Garvey, Westport, CT. pp. 51-67

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