Category Archives: History

Amy M. Wilson

Title: Adjunct Instructor
Department: Liberal Studies
Email: wilsonam@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Frisbie 300
Office Phone: (518) 255-5777
Office Hours:  By appointment.

Areas of Expertise:
Egyptology
Philology
Archaeology
History

Courses Taught
World Civilization I

About Amy

Amy M. Wilson is an adjunct professor of History at SUNY Cobleskill, and has worked as an archaeologist in America and Egypt. After double-majoring in Archaeological Studies and Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam, she received her first MA (in Mediterranean Archaeology) from the University of Bristol (UK) and her second MA (in Egyptology) from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is a senior supervisor of the Kom Ahmer & Kom Wasit Archaeological Project and a member of the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition. She also works on several other archaeological surveys within the northeastern United States.

Rene Michel Descartes

Title: Professor
Department: Liberal Studies
E-mail: descarrm@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Ryder Hall 216
Office Phone: 518-255-5661
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs, and by appt.

Area of Expertise: Anthropology

Courses Taught: Full Range of Courses in Anthropology; Western Civilization Survey

About Me: Research Interests in the Origin of the State; Archaeological Theory; Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia; Egypt; Evolution of Early Cultural Complexity; Early Agriculture, particularly hydraulic applications.
Owner, with Dr. Marsha Descartes, and Operator of Beaver Dam Farms, Berne, NY, a Registered Polled Hereford operation since 1977.

Curriculum Vitae: Resume with full information on employment experience, symposium, research experience , grants, additional publications, available on demand.

Education:

  • 1981 The New School for Social Research, Ph.D. Anthropology
    Dissertation: “Karl Wittfogel and the Nomothetic Revival in Anthropology”.
    Committee: Michael J. Harner, Chair; Stanley Diamond; Rayna Rapp
  • 1972 University at Albany, M.A. Anthropology
  • 1970 University of Buffalo, B.A. Anthropology
  • Minors: Classics; European History

Additional:

  • 1998 University at Albany, M.A. History
  • 1991 University at Albany M.L.S.
  • 2011 – present : University of Manchester, UK Program in Egyptology
  • Dansville Central High School, Dansville, NY
  • FFA 1957-1961
  • Star Farmer Award 1961
  • Livingston County Public Speaking Champion 1961
  • St. Anne’s Academy, Manhattan, NY

Publications:

  • 2006 “Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Ancient Greece” in Ancient Greece, T.L. Sienkewicz, ed., Pasadena.
  • 2005 “England’s Agricultural Revolution”, in The Seventeenth Century, L.J. Taylor, Pasadena.
  • 2005 ” Reign of Montezuma II, 1502-1520″ in ,The Renaissance and Early Modern Era, C.J. Moose, ed, Pasadena.
  • 2004 “Ubaid Culture Flourishes in Mesopotamia”, in The Ancient World, Mark W. Chavalas, ed. Pasadena.
  • 2004 “Halafian People in Northern Mesopotamia” in Great Event from History: The Ancient World, Pasadena.
  • 2004 “Hohokam Adapt to the Desert Southwest”, in The Middle Ages, Brian A. Pavlac, ed. , Pasadena
  • 2002 “Agricultural and Animal Husbandry” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 1, Pasadena.
  • 2002 “Fertile Crescent” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 2, Pasadena.
  • 2002 “Natufian Culture”, in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 2, Pasadena.
  • 1974 “The Cabot Site: A Ceramic Period Occupation, North Haven Island, Maine”, Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 14 (2).

Research and Grants: Listed on Resume, available on demand.​

Salvador Rivera

Title: Professor of History and Sociology
Department: Liberal Arts
E-mail: riveras@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Wheeler Hall 211
Office Phone: 518-255-6238

Areas of Expertise: Latin American Unification efforts, Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR), Immigration, US Foreign Policy

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