L.W. Lucas Hasten
Lucas Hasten has overseen the Anthropology Program since Spring 2004, when he joined the faculty as a full-time instructor. He earned his graduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, where his studies were centered on cultural anthropology. He has since grown fond of the biological side of the discipline, having taught the introductory course from the beginning. He is happy to be teaching community college, where he feels he can have the greatest impact on the lives of his students. He is an empathetic and supportive instructor whose primary goal is the success of his students.
Lucas's areas of interest include gender studies, comparative mythology, historical linguistics, evolutionary psychology, and hominin evolution. He considers himself a teacher first, and an anthropologist second; under his guidance, the Anthropology Program has more than tripled in size.
With a past as a musician and recording engineer, Lucas's educational videos have garnered over 100K views. Aside from teaching, he loves to travel, shoot landscape photos, write, and eat spicy food. He also enjoys a good laugh and any opportunity to wear a sweater.
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.
Karen Oeh is a highly creative and supportive instructor who assists community college students through their educational process, specifically online students. Karen began teaching for Las Positas College in Fall 2007 and has continued to teach part-time in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Physical Anthropology. Karen challenges students in social justice and community engagement activities, such as the Garbage Project and a Mini-Ethnography on Eating Habits, to reinforce the material and concepts. Outside of the classroom, students learn how to communicate, reflect, and provide solutions to become investigative researchers.
Associate of Arts Degree, Anthropology, De Anza College
Bachelor's of Art Degree, Anthropology with Honors, San Jose State University
Masters of Art Degree, Anthropology, CSU, Chico
Karen’s Field Research