James T. Payne


James T. PayneOriginally from the Bay Area, after three years in the Army (two in Germany) I began my education at West Valley Community College in Campbell. My B.A. I obtained from U.C. Santa Cruz and my M.A. from San Francisco State University. Continuing my ever northward journey I attended Washington State University for my Ph.D. Again moving north I traveled to Alaska for my research. I spent about two years in Cordova and 16 years in Anchorage. I traveled extensively throughout Alaska conducting different projects. I taught for 8 years at Alaska Pacific University  before I came here where I’ve been teaching for 17 years. I am married  to Jeri Swenson who was a social worker and clinical therapist. I like to garden, do bonsi, cook, read extensively and travel. I will retire this year and FERP.



  • Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology; 1983
  • M.A. in Cultural Anthropology; 1975
  • B.A. in Pyschology; 1969

Research Interests:

  • Food in society and in culture
  • Natural disasters
  • Fishing
  • Fishing communities
  • Alaska Natives

Courses Taught:

  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Formal Organization
  • Food and Culture in a Global Society

Professional Memberships:

  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • California Faculty Association

Contact Information

Building Location: Bizzini Hall 
See Building #2: Map

Office Location: C-207A - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3008

E-mail: jtpaynel@csustan.edu