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John Chance

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Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

SHESC Theme: Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions

Field Specializations: Early States, Ethnohistory, Political Economy, Sociocultural Anthropology

Regional Focus: Mesoamerica

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bio

Research:
John K. Chance is a cultural anthropologist and ethnohistorian. He received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (1967) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1974). He has been at ASU since 1987, having taught previously at Lawrence University; the University of Denver; the University of the Americas in Cholula, Mexico; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has conducted major research projects on race and class in the colonial city of Oaxaca and colonial Zapotec, Chinantec and Mixe villages of Oaxaca's northern sierra. His current work focuses on the position of the native Mixtec nobility in colonial Mexico. His work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and most recently by the Fulbright-Hays program of the U.S. Department of Education. He served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory in 1994-1995 and as chair of the Department of Anthropology at ASU from 1999 to 2003.

Research Project:
The Mixtec Noble House in Colonial Mexico

Teaching:
Chance's teaching interests include the history of anthropological theory, anthropological approaches to political economy, social inequality and the ethnography and ethnohistory of Mesoamerica, especially Mexico. His research concerns the place of the Indian in colonial Mexico (1519-1821). He has worked in a variety of civil and church archives in Mexico and Spain.

Publications

Berdan, F. F., Chance, J. K., Sandstrom, A. R., Stark, B. L., Taggart, J.M. & Umberger, E. (in press). Ethnic identity in Nahua Mesoamerica: The view from archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, and contemporary ethnography. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Chance, J. K. (2003). Haciendas, ranchos, and Indian towns: A case from the late colonial Valley of Puebla. Ethnohistory, 50(1), 15-46.

Chance, J. K. & Stark, B. L. (2001). Ethnicity. In S. T. Evans and D. L. Webster (Eds.), Archaeology of ancient Mexico and Central America: An encyclopedia (pp. 236-239). New York: Garland Publishing Inc.

Butterworth, D. & Chance, J.K. (1981). Latin American urbanization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Publications
  • John Chance. From Lord to Landowner: The Predicament of the Late Colonial Mixtec Cacique. Ethnohistory (2010).
  • . . Review of: Indian Conquistadors: Indigenous Allies in the Conquest of Mesoamerica (2010).
  • . . Review of: The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca (2010).
  • John Chance. Marriage Alliances among Colonial Mixtec Elites: The Villagomez Caciques of Acatlan-Petlalcingo. Ethnohistory (2009).
  • John Chance. Alianzas matrimoniales coloniales entre caciques mixtecos: El caso de Acatlan-Petlalcingo. Anuario de Estudios Americanos (Seville) (2008).
  • John K. Chance. Alianzas matrimoniales coloniales entre caciques mixtecos: El Caso de Acatlan-Petlalcingo. Anuario de Estudios Americanos (Seville, Spain) (2008).
  • Berdan, Frances F., John K. Chance, Alan R. Sandstrom, Barbara L. Stark, James M. Taggart, and Emily Umberger. Ethnic Identity in Nahua Mesoamerica: The View from Archaeology, Art History, Ethnohistory, and Contemporary Ethnography. (2008).
  • John K. Chance. Indigenous Ethnicity in Colonial Central Mexico. Ethnic Identity in Nahua Mesoamerica: The View from Archaeology, Art History, Ethnohistory, and Contemporary Ethnography (2008).
  • Stark, Barbara L. and John K. Chance. Diachronic and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Mesoamerican Ethnicity. Ethnic Identity in Nahua Mesoamerica: The View from Archaeology, Art History, Ethnohistory, and Contemporary Ethnography (2008).
  • John Chance, Barbara Stark. Estrategias empleadas en las provincias imperiales: Perspectivas prehispanicas y coloniales en Mesoamerica. Revista Espanola de Antropologia Americana (2007).
  • . . Review of: Black Blood Brothers: Confraternities and Social Mobility for Afro-Mexicans (2007).
  • . . Review of: Caminos de luz y sombra: Historia indigena de Oaxaca en el siglo XIX (2006).
  • Chance, John K (Author) . La Casa Noble Mixteca: una hipótesis sobre el cacicazgo prehispánico y colonial. Estructuras políticas en el Oaxaca antiguo: Memoria de la Tercera Mesa Redonda de Monte Albán (2004).
  • John Chance. Haciendas, Ranchos, and Indian Towns: A Case from the Late Colonial Valley of Puebla. Ethnohistory (2003).
  • John Chance. Review of "Of Things of the Indies: Essays Old and New in Early Latin American History," by James Lockhart. Stanford University Press 2000. Ethnohistory vol. 49 (2002).
  • John Chance. Descendencia y casa noble nahua: La experiencia de Santiago Tecali de finales del siglo XVI a 1821. Gobierno y economia en los pueblos indios del Mexico colonial. Francisco Gonzalez-Hermosillo Adams, coordinador (2001).
  • . . Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (2001).
  • Chance, John K (Author) . Civil-Religious Hierarchy. Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (2001).
  • Chance, John K (Author) . Descendencia y casa noble nahua. La experiencia de Santiago Tecali de finales del siglo XVI a 1821. Gobierno y economía en los pueblos indios del México colonial (2001).
  • Chance, John K (Author) . Historiography. Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (2001).
  • Chance, John K (Author) ,Stark, Barbara L (Author) . Ethnicity. Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia (2001).
Research Activity
  • Chance,John K*. THE MIXTEC NOBLE HOUSE IN COLONIAL MEXICO. ED(7/1/2003 - 12/31/2004).
  • Chance,John K*. LOCAL LEADERSHIP IN A COLONIAL MEXICAN TOWN. NSF(8/1/1991 - 4/30/1993).
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Chance, John. Alianzas matrimoniales coloniales entre caciques mixtecos: El caso de Acatlan-Petlalcingo. Sociedad Mexicana de Antropologia (Aug 2007).
  • Chance, John, Stark, Barbara. Strategies Employed in Imperial Provinces: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives in Mesoamerica. Southwestern Council on Latin American Studies (Mar 2007).
  • Chance, John. Marriage Alliances among Colonial Mixtec Elites: the Villagómez Caciques of Acatlan-Petlalcingo. American Society for Ethnohistory, Williamsburg, VA (Nov 2006).
  • Chance, John. Comments on Strategies of Trade and Appropriation. Fourth Monte Albán Roundtable Conference (Jul 2004).
  • Chance, John. La casa noble mixteca: Una hipótesis sobre el cacicazgo prehispánico y colonial. Tercera Mesa Redonda de Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico (Jun 2003).
  • Chance, John. Nahua Cacicazgos in Colonial Tecali: Implications for Prehispanic Times. School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands (Feb 2000).
Service
  • SHESC, Brown Bag talk to graduate students (2009 - Present)
  • General Studies Committee, member (2009 - 2011)
  • General Studies Committee, member (2008 - 2011)
  • General Studies Council, member, Social and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee (2008 - 2011)
  • Ancient Mesoamerica, manuscript reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Museum Studies Exploratory Committee, member (2010 - 2010)
  • Ethnohistory, manuscript reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Ethnohistory, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Amsterdam), manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Dept of History, University of Haifa, Israel, promotion referee (2009 - 2009)
  • Stanford University Press, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, member (2009 - 2009)
  • American Antiquity, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Faculty teaching award committee, member (2009 - 2009)
  • University Press of Colorado, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Strategic Planning Committee, member (2009 - 2009)
  • Strategic Planning Committee, member (2008 - 2009)
  • CLAS Senate, member, representing SHESC (2006 - 2009)
  • Historical Archaeology, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • National Science Foundation, proposal reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • University of Oklahoma Press, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Search committee for a Mexican historian, Dept. of History, member (2008 - 2008)
  • National Science Foundation, proposal reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee for Gwyn Isaac and Michael Winkelman, member (2008 - 2008)
  • Affirmative Action Committee, member (2007 - 2008)
  • Appeals Committee, member (2007 - 2008)
  • Personnel Committee, SHESC, member (2007 - 2008)
  • The Americas, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Ancient Mesoamerica, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • University of Oklahoma Press, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Centro de Investigaciones Superiores en Antropologia Social, manuscript reviewer (2007)
  • Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts-Boston, promotion referee (2007)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, member (2007 - 2007)
  • Personnel Committee, SHESC, member (2006 - 2007)
  • Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, tenure referee (2007)
  • Undergraduate Anthropology Association, invited to give a talk (2007)
  • SHESC, ASU, CLAS Senator (2006 - 2006)
  • Journal of Anthropological Research, Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • ASB 540 Scholarly Inquiry course design committee, member (2006 - 2006)
  • Undergraduate Committee, SHESC, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • University of Oklahoma Press, Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Scholarly Inquiry course design committee, SHESC, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Undergraduate Committee, SHESC, ASU, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • Department of History, UCLA, Promotion referee (2006 - 2006)
  • Ethnohistory, reviewed 3 manuscripts for this journal (2005 - 2005)
  • Undergraduate Honors Curriculum Committee, member (2005 - 2005)
  • Articulation Task Force, served as SHESC rep to this state organization (2005 - 2005)
  • Affirmative Action Committee, member (2005 - 2005)
  • Latin American Center library acquisitions committee, member (2005 - 2005)
  • University Faculty Development Program, mentored a junior faculty member (2005 - 2005)
  • Latin American Antiquity, reviewed one manuscript for this journal (2005 - 2005)
  • Health Studies search committee, member (2004 - 2005)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • University of Oklahoma Press, reviewed a book manuscript (2005 - 2005)
  • Department of History, UCLA, served as faculty promotion reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Department 7-year self-study committee, member (2004 - 2004)
  • Nomination Committee for Bob Bolin, member (2004 - 2004)
  • Pennsylvania State University, served as a tenure reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee for Nora Haenn, Chair (2004 - 2004)
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History, reviewed a manuscript (2004 - 2004)
  • Department of Anthropology, Department Chair (2003)
  • Journal of Anthropological Research, manuscript evaluator (2003)
  • Penn State University, promotion referee (2003)