Jean Hudson

Associate Professor



PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990

Courses Taught

Anthro 103 - Approaches to Archaeology (on-line and face-to-face versions)
Anthro 309 - Archaeology of Central and South America (on-line and face-to-face versions)
Anthro 424 - Ethnoarchaeology
Anthro 425 - Hunter-Gatherers Past and Present
Anthro 448 - Cultural and Human Ecology
Anthro 525 - Zooarchaeology


My research concerns human ecology, past and present, as viewed through the lens of anthropology. Methodologically I use archaeology and ethnoarchaeology, with a special focus on the analysis of ancient animal (zooarchaeological) remains. My research use s a comparative approach, emphasizing societies dependent on fishing and hunting and active for some period of time during the last 10,000 years. Themes of special interest are ecological sustainability and social transitions from more egalitarian to less egalitarian political systems. My publications explore quantitative methods of data analysis, integrating them with qualitative attention to social motivations in human decision making. The case studies include: prehistoric fishers and hunters of California, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Germany, Mexico, and Peru; modern hunters of central Africa; and modern fishers of Peru.

Other Relevant Activities

Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Anthropology
Study Abroad Program - Peru

Selected Publications

Hudson, J. L.(2011) Pacific Ocean Fishing Traditions: subsistence, beliefs, ecology, and households.Albarella, U. , & Trentacoste, A. (Eds). EthnoZooarchaeology: The Present and Past of Human - Animal Relationships, 49-57. Oxbow Press.
Hudson, J. L.(2010) Ethnoarchaeology in a Personal Context.SAA Archaeological Record, January, 8-12.
Hudson, J. L.(2007) Faunal Evidence for Subsistence and Settlement Patterns at the Allen Site.Bamforth, D. (Ed). Allen Site: A Paleoindian Camp in Southwestern Nebraska. University of New Mexico Press.
Hudson, J. L.(2006) Elk Skeleton Associated with Fluted Point in Northern Wisconsin.Current Research in the Pleistocene, 23, 117-119.
Bamford, D. , Becker, M. , & Hudson, J. L.(2005) Intrasite Spatial Analysis, Ethnoarchaeology, and Paleoindian Land - Use on the Great Plains: the Allen Site,.American Antiquity, 70(3), 561-580.
Hudson, J. L.(2004) Additional Evidence for Gourd Floats on Fishing Nets.American Antiquity, 69(3), 586-587.