John Ziker

Department

Department of Anthropology

Organization

Boise State University

Email
jziker [at] boisestate.edu
Phone
208-426-2121

Address

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
United States

Brief Biography

John Ziker is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Boise State University. His research interests include the indigenous peoples of Siberia, social organization and change, economic anthropology, and human behavioral ecology. He most recently was a term assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During the spring 1999 and spring 2000 semesters, Ziker taught anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ziker earned a B.A. in anthropology in 1988 at Arizona State University. He completed language programs at Moscow Energy Institute and Norwich University and received a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1998 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation research, Kinship, Exchange, and Ethnicity among the Dolgan and Nganasan of Northern Siberia, analyzed the changes in the mixed economy of a community of Siberian hunter-gatherers after the dissolution of state socialism. In 2001-2003, Ziker was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, as a member of the Siberia Project Group, focusing his research on hunting practices and property relations among the Dolgan and Nganasan peoples.

Science Specialties

anthropology, Siberian peoples, hunting

Current Research

Changes in the mixed economy of a community of Siberian hunter-gatherers after the dissolution of state socialism.