||Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara
M.A., Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara
B.A., Anthropology, California State University
||327 Kinard Hall
Human Behavioral Ecology, Subsistence Strategies, Natural Resource Conservation, Warfare, Belief Systems, Ethnohistory, Medical Anthropology, Development of Social Complexity and Globalization; Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Minorities and Education
Dr. Richard J. Chacon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology
at Winthrop University who conducts anthropological investigations throughout
Latin America. He documented the subsistence patterns and belief systems of the
Yanomamö of Venezuela, the Yora of Peru and the Achuar (Shiwiar) of Ecuador.
Additionally, he studied the traditional belief patterns of the Kuna of Panama.
He currently investigates ritual violence among the Otavalo and Cotacachi
Indians of Highland Ecuador. His specializations are in optimal foraging
theory, subsistence strategies, conservation, natural resource utilization, warfare,
ritual violence, native beliefs, the development of complex societies, collective
action, long distance exchange, ethnohistory and the effects of globalization
in addition to analyzing the impacts of missionization on indigenous peoples.
He has a special interest in encouraging members of minority communities to
pursue higher education. He currently serves as Editor for Springer's
Anthropology and Ethics Series. His publications include: Feast, Famine or Fighting? Multiple Pathways to Social
Complexity (Eds., R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), New York: Springer (2017). The
Great Awakening and Southern Backcountry Revolutionaries. Co-authored with
Michael Scoggins. New York: Springer (2014). The Ethics of Anthropology and
Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare (Eds.,
R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), New York: Springer (2012). North American Indigenous
Warfare and Ritual Violence (Eds., R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), Tucson:
University of Arizona Press (2007). Latin American Indigenous Warfare and
Ritual Violence (Eds., R. Chacon and R. Mendoza), Tucson: University of Arizona
Press (2007). The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by
Amerindians (Eds., R. Chacon and D. Dye), Springer: New York (2007).