Patricia Hamlen


Office: J169
Phone: 847-925-6215



Patricia Hamlen


Associate in Science, Harper College, Phi Theta Kappa

Bachelor of Arts, Northern Illinois University, Magna cum Laude with University Honors, Phi Kappa Phi

Master of Arts, Northern Illinois University with a specialization in archaeology


Recent Awards:

2011 Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Brazil--Land of the Future of the Present? Historical perspectives on Brazil. June 28th through July 30th.

2008 NEH Summer Institute Fellow, Andean Worlds: New Directions in Scholarship and Teaching, sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association.


2012 The Harper College Distinguised Faculty Award

2011 The Harper College Distinguised Alumni Award

  Selected Publications:

2008 “Sikh and American—What’s It Like? Conversations with a Sikh-American Family “ Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes, Fall 2008, volume 15 number 1.

2007 “Dreams of Trespass Continue for a Young Moroccan Woman” Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes, Fall 2007, volume 14 number 1.

2002 “Ceramic Analysis of Intra-and Intersite Occupation at Protohistoric Pueblos in the Northern Rio Grande.”   Co-authors: Winifred Creamer, David Burdick, Patricia Hamlen, Jonathan Haas, Lisa Renken, Aaron Wenzel and Kit Nelson.  In Traditions, Transitions, and Technologies: Themes in Southwestern Archaeology, Sarah H. Schlanger, editor.  University Press of Colorado, Boulder, CO.   

Courses regularly taught

Ant 101 Introduction to Anthropology

Ant 202 Cultural Anthropology

Ant 206 Archeology

Personal Statement

I began my college career at Harper College taking my first anthropology course right here.  Since then, anthropology has become an all consuming passion for me.  My professional career began as a staff archaeologist for a small private cultural resource management firm in Chicago.   My teaching career at Harper began in 1998 and in 2001, I was hired as a permanent full-time faculty member which allowed me the thrill of coming full circle and standing on the other side of the desk.  It’s a joy I live every day. 

My desire is to introduce my students to the wonders of anthropology as a social science and provide them with a new perspective regarding their place in the world that we live in.  My goal is to help students to understand and appreciate the cultural diversity that exists in a global system of interdependence in order to promote a more secure and equitable world.  My hope is that my passion and enthusiasm for my discipline will be contagious and transforming to my students.


Morocco, China, France, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil and Peru as well as many US cities, National Parks and Monuments in the US.