Daniel Cearley joined Las Positas College as a full-time instructor in 2017, with the intention of further expanding the archaeology and forensic anthropology programs. His training and professional experience have been unique, overlapping many of the anthropological subdisciplines. As an undergraduate at San Jose State University, Dan had the rare opportunity to work closely with the Ohlone Muwekma tribe in San Jose as an archaeologist. This experience introduced him to how archaeology can mitigate the impact of development on our cultural heritage. After finishing his graduate training at San Francisco State University, he began working for human rights organizations in Guatemala, exhuming the remains of people who perished during their civil war. This experience further showed him how his training as an archaeologist could contribute to societal reconciliation, and the eventual prosecution for genocide perpetrated by former dictators. As an anthropologist, Dan has consistently sought to position himself in ways to contribute to positive social change.
Dan's research interests include California pre-history, colonialism, state violence, post-war reconciliation, and human rights. He continues to learn, and after completing a GIS certificate at Foothill College, he expanded his expertise to GIS, conducting laser surveys, landscape analysis, and geophysical surveys. He is actively involved in various anthropological projects in the wider San Francisco Bay Area, and internationally. He is currently an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Cultural Landscape Research Group, partnering with Mid-Peninsula Open Space and Stanford University. Most recently, he became a project director of the summer anthropological field program in Ireland, and a contributing researcher to the Milot Archaeological Project in Haiti, sponsored by UC Santa Cruz.