Dr. Ellen E. Bell

Associate Professor

Ellen E. Bell received her B.A. in anthropology from Kenyon College in 1991 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Dr. Bell is co-director of the El Paraíso Region Archaeological Project (PAREP), which investigates administrative strategies in the Classic Maya Kingdom of Copan, Honduras. Her dissertation research focused on ritual deposits within the Early Copan Acropolis, including the Hunal and Margarita tombs, thought to have held the remains of the first king of the Classic period Copan dynasty, K’inich Yax K’uk’ Mo’, and an important woman, most likely his wife.

Dr. Bell enthusiastically includes undergraduate and graduate students in her research projects, and works to conduct all investigations within a framework of community responsive archaeology. She is also actively involved in the Kenyon Honduras Digitization Project (KHDP) which is building a digital archive of over 30 years of household archaeology in western Honduras that will be accessible on-line. Dr. Bell has used elements of this digital archive in courses taught at Stanislaus State (including ANTH 4850: Crafting Maya Identities) to provide students unable to participate in off-campus research projects the opportunity to work with primary archaeological data.

Additional research interests include: Mesoamerican Archaeology, Material Culture studies, Political Organization, Archaeology of Gender, Maya Epigraphy and Iconography, Household Archaeology, Anthropology of Religion and Ritual, History of Mesoamerican Archaeology

A faculty member at Stanislaus State since 2007, Dr. Bell is presently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Archaeological Research. She also advises the Anthropology Club. Her affiliations include The American Anthropological Association and the Society for American Archaeology.

Contact Information

Building: Bizzini Hall
Building #2 - See map
Office: C-215B - See map
Phone: (209) 667-3188
Fax: (209) 667-3324
Email: ebell3@csustan.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

Courses Taught:

Course Course Title
ANTH 2080 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 2090 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 3010 The Great Discoveries
ANTH 3090 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 3555 The Aztecs, Maya, and their Predecessors
ANTH 3560 On the Inka Road: Survey of Andean Prehistory
ANTH 4130 Urban Subcultures: Chinatown
ANTH 4605 Archaeological Field Methods
ANTH 4850 Crafting Maya Identities: Household Archaeology in Mesoamerica