I have a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology emphasizing Medical Anthropology. These subjects led me to conduct children’s health seminars and anthropometry studies of Maya children in the Guatemala Highlands of San Martin Chiquito.

My Story

I have a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology emphasizing Medical Anthropology.  These subjects led me to conduct children’s health seminars and anthropometry studies of Maya children in the Guatemala Highlands of San Martin Chiquito.

As a Professor of Anthropology, and Certified Nutritional Consultant, I have taught Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Food, and the Anthropology of the Southern California Indians. I have researched, studied, and traveled in Italy at the Gusto-Lab of Food Science, where I took cooking classes as well. In association with Gusto-Lab, I participated in a World Food Panel at the United Nations conference in Rome. I have researched at the National Archives in Madrid, Spain. In 2019, I returned to Seville, Spain to the Archivos de Las Indias to research my father’s ancestors, who were the first Spanish explorers and colonizers of early California.

Though I have seven children, I have worked in the public sector as an Administrator, CEO, Professor of Anthropology, writer and historical researcher. Publications include children’s books,  how-to, parenting, and op-ed pieces for major newspapers and historical publications and journals.  I also blog.

My passion is education; and as a Professor of Anthropology and Certified Online Instructor, I have created a way for students of all ages to study cultures and Cultural Anthropology on this site.  As a professor in the classroom, I have witnessed the influence of cultural knowledge in students’ lives and in their changing attitudes.

Students come to realize that all people tend to think their own culture is the best. This kind of attitude is called ethnocentrism.  We all have behaviors, prejudices, and biases, which are related to enculturation over time.  Studying culture shows us new and enlightened ways to judge our selves and investigate others.  It helps us to understand why we behave as we do, and why others behave differently.  It is all about understanding and respecting each other in the full context of who we are as individuals within a particular society.

Students and visitors learn that enculturation matters.  Both culture and diversity are much more than skin color or being classified as a minority.  The courses, presented in a Cultural Anthropology format, are  valuable resources and are motivational tools for continuing education and lifelong learning.  The courses illustrate how culture is a driving force and influence in every person’s life journey, no matter who they are or where they live.

In the future, I hope to include helpful courses for writing family histories, which will include individual’s cultural heritage as well as pedigree data.

Alana Jolley

Professional Organizations

AAA (American Anthropological Association)

Association of Professional Genealogists

SAFN (Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition)

National Genealogical Society

Southern California Genealogical Society

CTA (California Teacher’s Association/Higher Education)

Western History Association

California Mission Studies Association

BTER (Bio-Therapy Education and Research, Irvine, California)

National Geographic Society Genographic Project

NEA (National Education Association/Higher Education)


Professor of Anthropology/Nutritional Consultant/Genealogy Researcher


Macrobiotics, Bio-therapy , Exercising, Cooking, Research, Baja California History, Genealogy 

Movies I love:

The Songcatcher, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,? The Help, Sara’s Key, Book Thief, Willow

Music I love:

Diana Krall, Henry Mancini, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Moody Blues, Classical 



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