Jessica Amato, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology

Hunting elusive flora thought to be extinct in Waimea Canyon, Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Used with permission.

I received my undergraduate degree summa cum laude in anthropology and linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Florida. In the spaces in between, I lived in France and the Netherlands as a European Erasmus scholar.

I am deeply invested in the digital world, and served as a research fellow for MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, where I collaborated with scholars, educators, institutions, and community members to create user-friendly tools and digital experiences that engage researchers, students, and the public in questions about the past and our shared culture.

Most of my fun time is spent improving my Spanish and Yucatec Maya, trying to learn Arabic, Latin dancing, traveling the world, SCUBA diving, growing my own food, playing with my dog, and going to music and theatre concerts.


This is my online home at City College of San Francisco. This site is a work-in-progress, so please excuse some of the dust as I remodel! Please use this website as a resource to find out more about my background as an applied anthropologist and professor, the courses and degrees that we offer through the anthropology program at CCSF, and the many career options and academic pathways available to anthropology students both on and off-campus.

I love studying, teaching, and learning anthropology. I received my Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and a concentration in "Culture, Resources, and Power" from Michigan State University. While there, I also received their award-winning Certification in College Teaching.

I am a previous fellow of the Michigan State University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, and the Institute for the Study of the Americas at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Part of my graduate work was completed at the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico and as a Fulbright-Hays doctoral fellow at the Universidad de Quintana Roo in applied anthropology and sustainable development.

Contact Me

Dr. Jessica Amato, Anthropology Program

Behavioral Sciences Department

L-336 Batmale Hall, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco CA 94117


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Teaching Schedule

Note: These classes are part of CityOnline and have shorter semesters.

Fall 2019

ANTH 3, Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 units, 100% online) [CRN 78250; Section 932] Course Dates: 10/21/2019 through 12/20/2019.

Spring 2020

ANTH 11, Latin American Culture & Society (3 units, 100% online) [CRN XXXXX; Section XXX] Course Dates: XX/XX/2020 through XX/XX/2020.

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