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Arcadian James Brady, Professor of Anthropology awarded distinction for Cal State LA

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Professor James Brady is recognized internationally for his innovative field research and credited by preeminent scholars for creating a new sub-discipline of Maya cave archaeology. Brady was born in Rochester, NY, and moved

to Southern California at the age of 5. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from UC Berkeley in 1970. Brady applied and was accepted to the graduate program at California State College, Los Angeles. Brady credits the faculty in the Anthropology Department with passing on a solid foundation in the discipline that would serve him his entire career, and he calls Jon Olson the best teacher he has seen at any institution. By the time he received his Master of Arts in Anthropology in 1974, the diploma read, “California State University, Los Angeles,” reflecting that name change that occurred while he was a student. In 1979, Brady took a vacation to Guatemala

that would change his life. The one-month visit turned into a two-and-a-half-year stay. He rediscovered his love of Mesoamerican archaeology, which had been initially inspired by a summer school experience in Mexico in 1968. In early 1981, he was given the opportunity to direct the survey of Naj Tunich, a Maya cave site that became the cover story for the August 1981 issue of National Geographic. The next year, Brady was accepted into the doctoral program at UCLA. By the time he left Guatemala, he had married fellow archaeologist Sandra Villagrán. At UCLA, Brady quickly distinguished himself. Starting in 1985, his articles began appearing in

professional publications. In 1987, he won the Best Student Paper competition at the Southwestern Anthropological Association Meeting, two Fulbright Fellowships and a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. His Fulbright stay in Guatemala was delayed until February of 1988 by the birth of his daughter, Alezandra. When he earned his Ph.D. in 1989, he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student of UCLA’s graduating class. At Cal State L.A., Brady teaches Maya archaeology, material culture, geoarchaeology, cultural anthropology and Maya ritual cave use. Supported by external funding, he has conducted field schools in

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Mexico and Guatemala and his students regularly present the findings of their research at professional meetings. He has an impressive record of students, both graduate and undergraduate, who have published. Four of his students have won Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowships from the CSU system in the last five years. Brady has published seven books or chapters and 120 articles, some of them in leading journals in the field that he has pioneered. He has also garnered numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. In 2006, Brady was presented a 2006 Distinguished Faculty Alumnus

award by the Cal State L.A. Association and, in 2008, he received Cal State LA.’s Outstanding Professor Award. Additionally, Brady’s research has been featured in the Discovery Channel special, “The Cave of the Glowing Skulls,” and he has appeared on the History Channel, The Learning Channel, A&E, and National Geographic Explorer. One of the projects with students has appeared as a cover story of the Science News. Numerous other articles on Brady’s projects have been featured in Estylo, Smithsonian Magazine, Archaeology Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times and in international publications.

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