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John P. Ziker
Professor, Department Chair
Phone: (208) 426-2121
Office: Hemingway Building, Room 52
Office Hours: Tues 1:30-3:00 pm; Wed 11:00-1:15 or by appointment
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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University


John was trained at University of California at Santa Barbara and Arizona State University. John has conducted field research in Siberia since 1992, mainly on the topics of indigenous land tenure and economy. He has on-going research on food-sharing networks and demographics in Siberia. In addition, he is investigating the conical hide-covered lodge and its ecological, social, and symbolic roles among indigenous peoples in Canada and Siberia.


Kinship, Social Organization, and Demography; Human Behavioral Ecology; Network Analysis; Medical Anthropology; Economic Anthropology; Circumpolar Ethnology; Russia/Former Soviet Union


  • Social-Cultural Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Kinship, Social Organization and Networks (undergraduate)
  • Medical Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Evolution of Human Cooperation (undergraduate)
  • Senior Portfolio Practicum (undergraduate)
  • Environmental Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (undergraduate)
  • Economies and Global Change (undergraduate)
  • Statistical Methods in Anthropology (graduate)
  • Adaptation and Human Behavior (graduate)
  • Economic Anthropology (graduate)
  • Game Theory and Human Cooperation (graduate)
  • Research Designs in Anthropology (graduate)