Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Dr. Publ received his B.A. (1970) and his M.A. (1973) in anthropology from the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, his Ph.D. (1986) in anthropology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and a C.A.S. (1998) in sociology from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Much of his professional experience has been in cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, ethno-history, and sociology. He has conducted extensive ethnographic, ethno-historic, and archaeological field-work throughout Mexico, Guatemala, the American Southwest, Peru, South America, and other Latin American countries. His varied research interests include culture change, trade and exchange systems, social and political structure, language and culture, the development of complex societies, and symbolism and folklore. Before coming to Harper College, Dr. Publ taught anthropology and worked as a research assistant at the National Museum of Anthropology, at the National Institute of History and Anthropology, and at the University of the Americas, all in Mexico City, Mexico. He also taught linguistics as an adjunct faculty at the International Institute of Linguistics in Mexico City, and served as an adjunct faculty in anthropology at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Publ became a full-time faculty member in the Anthropology /Sociology Department at Harper College in 1995 and has served as chair and co/chair of that Department since 1999. He continues to be actively involved in a range of professional activities and maintains a strong commitment to his students and to quality education.