Rhianna C. Rogers Ph.D., RPA

SUNY Empire State College – Niagara Frontier Region

Email: Rhianna.Rogers@esc.edu


NFC-Cheektowaga- Mentor/Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (2010-present)

MA in Liberal Studies – Core Faculty (2012-present)

MA in Policy Studies – Research Methods Faculty (2014-present)

AOS Co-Convener (a.k.a. Department Co-Chair) Interdisciplinary Studies (2014-present)

TOEP Fellow – Innovation and Research (2015-present)

International Programs – Mentor/Faculty (2016-present)


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 Major and History Minor) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over eight years 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, and Spain.

I have appointments at SUNY ESC- Niagara Frontier Center, located in Cheektowaga, NY, in the SUNY ESC Graduate College and International Programs, both located in Saratoga Springs, NY. I am a tenure-track faculty member/mentor and teach courses in Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Native American Studies, Historical Studies, Research Methods, and the Social Sciences. Additionally, I was (AY 2011-2013) the founding Faculty Advisor for the NFC Student Club- CARES (College Achievement Requires Engaged Students) and I am a current co-facilitator for the ESC Graduate Student Collaborative (AY 2014-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)


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 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.

WEBSITE (2013): Based on a recent presentation at the 2013 Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference, my Co-PI Nathan Whitley-Grassi and I have developed the following website for our research with the software Photosynth. See our work here:  PhotosynthProject.org

WEBSITE (2012): Based on my work with the site of Tihoo, Merida, Yucatan, I have decided to develop a repository site for relevant information. Here is the site: CiudadelaProject.com

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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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.

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See Cambria Press release for book description.