Oystein LaBiancaTitle: Associate Director, Institute of Archaeology
Professor of Anthropology
Office Location: 205 Buller Hall
Phone: (269) 471-3515
Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Braunau, Austria: Intermediate German Certificate (Goethe Institute).
Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon: Completed Sophomore Year Abroad.
Seminare Adventiste du Saleve, Collonges-sous-Saleve France: Certificat de Francais.
BA in Behavioral Sciences and Religion with Honors (Andrews University)
MA in Anthropology (Loma Linda University)
PhD in Anthropology (Brandeis University) Dissertation: Sedentarization and Nomadization--Food System Cycles at Hesban and Vicinity in Transjordan (Dr Judith Zeitlin, Chair; Dr. Robert Hunt, Member; Dr. Lawrence Stager, Harvard University, External Examiner).
Visiting Scholar in the Department of Archaeology (University of Cambridge, 1990-91).
Oystein LaBianca joined the faculty of the Department of Behavioral Sciences in the fall 1980 and was chair of the department from 1982 until 1990 when he resigned as chair in order to spearhead development of the department's graduate programs in community and international development. Presently he is Professor of Anthropology and Graduate Programs Coordinator for the department. His areas of research and teaching include cultural anthropology, anthropological archaeology; development anthropology and research methods.
Born in Kristiansand, Norway, Dr. LaBianca completed his undergraduate studies in Behavioral Sciences and Religion at Andrews University in 1971, including a year-abroad at Middle East College in Beirut, Lebanon and a summer semester learning French at Campus Adventiste du Salève, Collonges-sous-Salève, France. In 1971 he began graduate studies in anthropology at Loma Linda University from which he eventually earned a master's degree in 1976. From 1972 to 1973, he was a special student in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University studying zooarchaeology. In 1987, he earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
In addition to his current duties as professor of anthropology, LaBianca also serves as the associate director of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University, co-director of the Madaba Plains Project (MPP) in Jordan, and senior director of the Jordan Field School at Tall Hisban, also in Jordan. He is a trustee and member of the boards of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Boston and of the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman. He has also represented Middle East anthropology and archaeology on the steering committee of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. Other memberships include Sigma Xi and the Society for International Development. His research in Jordan has received research grants from Andrews' Office of Scholarly Research, the National Geographic Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of State's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Heritage Preservation the Research Council of Norway.
LaBianca is married to Asta Sakala LaBianca who is an instructor in the Department of English at Andrews University. They have three sons, Erik, Aren, and Ivan.
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