Amanda Christopher received her Master of Science of Osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 2007 and a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2003. Amanda teaches ESL and Anthropology at CCA.
Her main interests include archaeology, physical anthropology, human and animal remains, and paleopathology. She has studied archaeology in Portugal and Peru, as well as studying Nubian mummies housed at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Specializing in Peruvian archaeology is the focus of Amanda's future endeavors.
Elizabeth Hirsh received her M.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University and her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Georgia. She joined the faculty at the Community College of Aurora as an adjunct instructor in 2004 and became full-time faculty in 2008. Elizabeth now coordinates Anthropology for CCA.
She has received a broad training in Anthropology, having conducted behavioral and cognitive studies with primates at the University of Georgia and archaeological fieldwork in Koobi Fora, Kenya, a major region for paleoanthropological research. Her academic interests include osteology, zooarchaeology, human origins, and primatology.
Elizabeth currently teaches Indians of North America, Physical Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology.
Gary Scott has an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. from the University of North Dakota. He has been an adjunct faculty member with the Community College of Aurora for over ten years.
His personal interests focus within the areas of human osteology, paleontology, archaeology, and forensics. His advisor at Tennessee was Dr. William Bass, originator of the "Body Farm," forensic research facility. Gary has been involved with archaeological excavations of prehistoric sites in Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Tennessee; these sites represented a wide spectrum of cultures dating from 12,000 to 1,000 years before the present. Annually, he leads a three day camping field course in Southeast Utah to visit unpreserved Prehistoric Puebloan (Anasazi) sites.
Chris Ward has taught cultural anthropology as an adjunct instructor at CCA since 2001. Prior to moving to Denver in 1998, he worked at Generations Together, an intergenerational studies program in the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh.
He completed his doctoral studies in Pitt's International and Development Education Program in 1988. His dissertation, based on fieldwork at Zhongshan University in the People's Republic of China, evaluated the re-emergence of academic anthropology in the PRC in the 1980s.