Meet the Faculty

Dr. Leanne Mallory B125 Kelowna

Leanne Mallory completed a PhD in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Toronto in 2000 and is now finishing a second PhD in geochemistry.  She has worked in the Middle East on ancient gold mining sites (al Maraziq, Yemen) and trade in Predynastic basaltic artefacts (Egypt and Jordan).  Currently her interests include local trade in dacite artefacts, warfare in the ancient Near East, and religions both ancient and modern.  Leanne taught Anthropology at Okanagan University College and is now based in Vernon with classes in Salmon Arm.

Beryl Amaron, MA C272C  Kelowna

Beryl Amaron received her BA in Anthropology from Okanagan University College in 1996, and then went on to complete a Masters in First Nations Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2001.  During this time, she worked closely with members of the NLe’kepmx First Nation studying the language and learning about some of the important plants used by this nation.  In 2003, Beryl completed an English as a Second Language Certificate through the University of Saskatchewan and began teaching English courses on a small reserve north of Mount Curry, BC.  Beryl has been teaching in the Anthropology Department of Okanagan College since 2005, where she focuses on courses in Cultural and Biological Anthropology, First Nations of North America and the BC Coast, and Ethnobotany.

Amy Cohen C321 Vernon  Ext. 2223

I am an anthropologist, activist, mother, lifelong learner, and teacher.  In 2006 I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture, and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from Southern Oregon University.  In 2009 I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Arts in Socio-Political Anthropology.  Since moving back to the Okanagan, I have been active in the migrant justice movement, and in 2013 I co-founded the organization Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA), a grassroots, anti-colonial and anti-justice collective that advocates for justice for all migrant workers in Canada.  I have been teaching at Okanagan College since 2013, and my research interests include: the construction of illegality, migration, everyday resistance, borders and colonialism, globalization and inequality, and grassroots social justice movements. I am currently working on a transnational ethnographic research project on everyday forms of resistance employed by temporary migrant workers. 

Selected Publications:

Elise Hjalmarson, Robyn Bunn, Amy Cohen, Edna Terbasket, and Levi Gahman 

2015 Race, Food, and Borders: Situating Migrant Struggle in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 5(4):1-6.

Tveskov, Mark and Amy Cohen

2014   Frontier Forts, Ambiguity, and Manifest Destiny:  The Changing Role of Fort Lane in the Cultural    Landscape of the Oregon Territory, 1853-1929.  In Archaeology of the Colonized and its Contribution to Global

Cohen, Amy

2009  Illegality, Race, and Citizenship. Masters Thesis.  Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.  56 pages.

Cohen, Amy and Mark Tveskov

2008  The Tseriadun site: prehistoric and historic period archaeology on the southern Oregon Coast.  SOULA Research Report 2008-3.  Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, Ashland, Oregon.  170 pages.