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Prof. Ted Gordon


Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

B.A. Anthropology with Honors, Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA)  


Ted knows firsthand the transformational power of a liberal arts education.  For his undergraduate education he went to a small liberal arts college that, like CSBSJU, is dedicated to student-centered classrooms, experiential learning, and undergraduate research.  This helped him realize he could apply anthropological tools to address real world problems.  His goal at CSBSJU is to create the same experiences for our students, so they can realize their own potential to improve our world.

Ted's ongoing research investigates American Indian activism and its impacts on public policy and perceptions.  He works with the Cahuilla nations who are indigenous to inland Southern California. The Cahuilla have a long tradition of challenging unjust colonial policies.  One of the Cahuilla nations opened the poker club that sparked a precedent-setting Supreme Court decision.  This decision (California v Cabazon) accelerated the tribal casino movement into a $27 billion industry.  Ted's research explores the impacts of this industry and the strategies Cahuilla nations use to strengthen their self-determination.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on his research.

Ted works to serve all members of our culturally diverse community.  He is currently learning to speak Somali and collaborating with the Paramount Center for the Arts to bring Somali musicians to our campuses.

In addition to the Sociology Department, Ted also enjoys teaching in the First Year Seminar and Honors programs.


Office: Richard P13, CSB

Email: [email protected]