Dr. John P. Nass Jr. : CAL U

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Dr. John P. Nass Jr.


  • A.A.: Sociology, Delta Community College
  • B.A.: Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • M.A.: Anthropology, Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, Ohio State University


Dr. Nass is a native of Michigan. His education is in Anthropology and Archaeology  

Before accepting a position at California, he was the senior archaeologist for the consulting firm Archaeological Services Consultants Inc. (now ASC Group, Inc.), a large, public archaeology consulting company based in Columbus, Ohio, from 1987-1990. As the senior archaeologist, he helped develop proposals, overviewed crews in the field, directed specific field undertakings, authored reports, and worked closely with staff from countless agencies and private companies in the Midwest. He has participated in site excavations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. 

Since coming to California in the fall of 1990, he has taught undergraduate students. Dr. Nass is a full professor and director of the anthropology program. He also is the advisor for the Anthropology Club and for Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Fraternity. His responsibilities at Cal U include teaching archaeology and anthropology courses and student advisement.

His professional interests include geophysical research, settlement archaeology, household archaeology, historical archaeology, Midwest prehistoric archaeology, and Ohio Valley prehistoric archaeology. He also has training in both low and high power microscopy stone tool use wear analysis.

Hands-on Learning

  • Forensic Archaeology excavation training
  • Field trips to regional archaeological sites
  • Local Cultural Resource Management projects to provide students applied archaeology experience as well as pay
  • Education partnership in the form of mock site excavation supervision with Elizabeth Forward Middle School District. Cal students get to help supervise 6th grade students.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of History, Politics and Society

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Anthropology

Contact Information



Azorsky Hall 117


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