Roberta Robin Dods

Associate Professor, Anthropology


  • BA (Honours, Anthropology, University of Toronto)
  • MA (Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Toronto)
  • PhD (Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of London, London)

Fieldwork Areas and Current Research

  • Domesticated landscapes, built environments and cultural conceptualization
  • Subsistence systems
  • Diachronic/Futurist perspectives and culture change
  • North America (Boreal; Coastal/Island, Desert): modern (ethnographic) and ancient
  • West Asia; North Africa; Southern Africa: modern (ethnographic) and ancient realities
  • Pyrotechnology (use of fire as a tool) in the management of environments
  • Science and Traditional Knowledge

Selection of Publications

  • 2012R Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on The Human Condition. With E.A. Schultz and R.H. Lavenda. Second Canadian Edition. Oxford Press.: Toronto.
  • 2010 How we imagine the past? Seeking The Mind of the Maker (Instead of a Session Report). European Association of Archaeologists 16th Annual Meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands. TEA The European Archaeologist Newsletter. Issue 34.
  • 2010 R Nation/First Nations: Conflicts in Identity and the Role of Archaeology. In Unquiet Pasts. S. Koerner and I. Russell (eds.). Ashgate: Aldershot
  • 2009 R Canadian Edition of Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on The Human Condition.  With E.A. Schultz and R.H. Lavenda. Oxford Press: Toronto.
  • 2009 R The Syntax of Place and Space. Chapter 4 in Archaeology of Terrioriality and People.
    Edited by D. Gheorghiu and G. Nash.  Archaeolingua (Hu).
  • 2007 R Intersubjectivity and the Meaning of Things.  The International Journal of the Humanities (Common Ground). 
  • 2007 R Pyrotechnology and Landscapes of Plenty in The Northern Boreal. Chapter 9 in The Archaeology of Fire: Understanding Fire as Material Culture. D. Gheorghiu [] and G. Nash, editors. Archaeolingua (Hu).
  • 2004 R Knowing Ways/Ways of Knowing: Reconciling Science and Tradition. World Archaeology 36:4 (Dec.2004). Pp. 547-557.
  • 2003 R Wondering The Wetland: archaeology through the lens of myth and metaphor in Northern Boreal Canada. Journal of Wetland Archaeology 3: 17-36. Oxbow Books.
  • 2002 R The Death of Smokey Bear: the ecodisaster myth and forest management practices in prehistoric North America.  World Archaeology 33:3 (Feb.2002). Pp. 475-487.
  • 2000 R Boundary Markers, Cultural Divisions, and Economic Landscapes. In Selected Papers of Rupert’s Land Colloquium 2000, compiled by David G. Malaher. Winnipeg Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Pp. 69-83. 


  • Senator, University British Columbia Okanagan campus
  • CCGS Graduate Co-ordinator
  • Kelowna Friendship Society (Board)
  • Aboriginal Educational Council Central Okanagan (Board)
  • Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
  • QUESCREN: Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network
  • European Association of Archaeologists
  • World Archaeology Group

Current Teaching Portfolio

UBC Okanagan Calendar Course Descriptions are available online.

  • ANTH 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 422: Modes of Subsistence
  • ANTH 403: Ethnography of Special Areas - ALGONKIANS

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Community, Culture, and Global Studies
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
The University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

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