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Rhianna C. Rogers Ph.D., RPA

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and History)

SUNY Empire State College – Niagara Frontier Region, International Education, School for Graduate Studies

Email: Rhianna.Rogers@esc.edu


State University of New York -Empire State College (SUNY-ESC): (2010-present)

  • Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and History): August 2017-present
    • Provost/Associate Dean Innovation Reassignment (Buffalo Project 2.0): Sept 2019-present
    • College-wide Coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies (2017-2019)
  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies: August 2010-August 2017
    • Area of Study Convener – Interdisciplinary Studies: August 2014-May 2017

Teaching Appointments (AY 2010-present):

  • International Education Faculty Member (Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Cyprus): Spring 2015-present
  • School for Graduate Studies Faculty Member (Saratoga Springs, NY): Fall 2012-present
  • Niagara Frontier/WNY Regional Faculty Member (Buffalo, NY): Fall 2010-present

State University of New York/Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): (2015-present)

TOEP Fellow: October 2015-present

State University of New York/Open SUNY (2014-present)

Founding Open SUNY Fellow in Innovation and Research: January 2014-present

South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary (SFBC&TS)
Visiting Professor (Honorarium): August 2010-present


I am an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College. I am trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States. I received a certificate in Ethnic Studies, a B.A. in Social Sciences (Anthropology Major and History Minor), an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies (Anthropology, History, and Linguistics Concentrations) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over a decade of field and museum experience. I have worked in both academic and public archaeology as well as in historic preservation and museum studies. My interests have taken me to various geographic locations to conduct research, including the South and Northeastern United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, and Puerto Rico.

I hold multiple appointments at SUNY ESC Empire, including undergraduate roles in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities, the School for Graduate Studies, and International Education. I teach courses in Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Native American Studies, Historical Studies, Research Methods, and the Social Sciences. I was the inaugural coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies for the college (2017-2019) and the Convenor for Interdisciplinary Studies (2014-2017).

I have been a part of a variety of SUNY-wide initiatives related to my expertise in OER development and implementation, including consulting on multiple IITG grants, Lumina/PLA grants, participating as a COIL Instructor, as well as offering collegial support as a COTE and TOEP fellow in OER academic innovation.

I actively work with students in a variety of research and club activities as well. I was (AY 2011-2013) the founding Faculty Advisor for the NFC Student Club- CARES (College Achievement Requires Engaged Students) as well as the founding adviser for the ESC Graduate Student Collaborative (AY 2014-2019). I also work with students, alumni, and colleagues in WNY as the lead investigator for the Buffalo Project (AY 2010-present)


Cultural Studies, Native American Studies, Anthropology (Archaeology), Latin American History, Colonial U.S. History, Mesoamerican History and Archaeology, Social Science Research and Methods, Museums Studies, Public History and Archaeology, Artifact Analysis, Digital Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Emerging Technologies in Teaching (OERs)


2019-2020 Provost/Associate Dean Innovation Program: Recipient for the Buffalo Project

This program award is designed to build on SUNY Empire’s long history of innovation and foster an innovative environment that leads to student success. Faculty members are selected each academic year for this program based on the connection of their project(s) to college-wide strategic goals and innovations.

2019 SUNY Empire “You Make A Difference Award”: Recipient for the Buffalo Project-Deliberative Conversations Series

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This award is nominated-based and sanctioned by the SUNY Empire Climate Committee. Recipients are selected by their peers in recognition for college/community efforts which lead to and/or support improvements in workplace environment on their campus.

2018-2019 SUNY Explorations in Diversity & Academic Excellence Awards (EDAE)

The SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion received 27 applications from 25 of the 64 SUNY campuses in the 10th cycle of the annual Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Initiative. The fourteen projects were selected to receive funding across the state, including the Buffalo Project 2.0.

2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

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(Photo: Dr. Rhianna Rogers, below, congratulated by former Provost David Bejou)

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses. The awards provide SUNY-wide recognition in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.

2015 James William and Mary Elizabeth Hall Endowed Award for Innovation recipient: This award periodically honors a college employee who creates, or puts into effect, an innovation that advances Empire State College’s mission and benefits the college’s students. To learn more, review this article.




(Photo: Dr. Rhianna Rogers, below, congratulated by former President Merodie Hancock)

2015 OPEN SUNY Online Effective Practice award recipient: I was selected as 1 of 11 people to receive this award for the AY 2014-2015 academic year.


2019 BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: (Contributing Author in Textbook- multiple sections written)

Book available at Amazon and other book retailers.

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2016 BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: (2 Chapters written in book)

Rhianna C. Rogers and Menoukha Case, “Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Influence on the US Constitution, 1789,” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers, Dec. 2016.

Rhianna C. Rogers, “The Seminole Wars,” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers, Dec. 2016.

Book available at Amazon and other book retailers.


2011 BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Rhianna C. Rogers, From Ichcanzihoo to Mérida:Documenting Cultural Transition Through Contact Archaeology in Tihoo, Mérida, Yucatan. Oxford: ArchaeoPress/British Archaeological Reports, 2011.

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2010 BOOK CHAPTER: Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers, “Okay, so how do I really study ceramics? Understanding the Praxis of Archaeological Ceramic Research” in Research Realities in the Social Sciences. New York: Cambria Press, 2010.

Book available at Amazon and other book retailers.

See Cambria Press release for book description.