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Faculty Profile: Dr Kyra Pazan

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Dr Pazan sits in front of her beloved map of Africa. (Photo by, Alex Byrd)

From working in history and science museums to exploring countries all over the world, Dr. Kyra Pazan comes to Stanislaus State with lots of biological anthropology knowledge and experience. She is teaching multiple anthropology courses and encourages students to take an anthropology classes. 

Q: Will you tell me a little bit about your teaching background? 

A: I started my teaching career at the University of Michigan where I was a graduate student instructor. While at Michigan I taught human evolution labs as well as created my own class Popular Pre-History which was a freshman writing class revolving around pre-history themes.

Q: What would you like students to know about your teaching style? 

A: It’s going to be a combination of hands-on lab work and lectures. I want students to understand that this is always changing and that what we know this year might be totally different than what I’ll teach students next year.

Q: Will you tell me a little bit about your research background?

A: I have done field work across the world in countries including South Africa, Lesotho, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine and in the United States. While in graduate school, I spent time in Lesotho in the Maloti Drakensberg Mountains.

Q: What would you like the Stan State community to know about your research?

A: My research in Lesotho is an exploration of this area that’s been relatively understudied and there’s a lot to dig up everywhere.

By, Alex Byrd 

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