Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

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2014    Ph.D. in Sociology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC Dissertation: The Contribution of Status Lineages in The Rise of The State: A New Theory of State Formation

2009    M.A. in Sociology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2009    Certificate in Women's Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2005    B.A. summa cum laude, Sociology, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

2002    A.A. Honors, Anthropology, El Camino College, Torrance, CA

  • Micro-Sociology: The Individual in Society
  • Social Issues in a Global Context
  • Sociological Perspectives of Latin American Societies
Development of Social Complexity/Inequality, Social Psychology, Group Processes, Theory, Organizations, Immigration, Educatio, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Interlinking of Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality, Belief Systems, Ritual Violenece, and Indigenous Peoples of Latin America.

(Forthcoming). Ling, Johan, Richard Chacon, and Yamilette Chacon. "Rock Art, Secret Societies, Long Distance Exchange, and Warfare in Bronze Age Scandinavia." In Prehistoric Warfare and Violence: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. Eds., A. Dolfini, R. Crellin, and C. Horn. New York: Springer.

2017. Willer, David, Pamela Emanuelson, Yamilette Chacon, and Richard Chacon. "How Chiefdom and Early Social Structures Resolve Collective Action Probelms." Pp. 417-452 in Feast, Famine or Fighting? Multiple Pathways to Social Complexity, edited by Richard Chacon and Ruben Mendoza. New York: Springer.

2015. Chacon, Yamilette, David Willer, Pamela Emanuelson, and Richard Chacon. "From Chiefdom to State: The Contribution of Social Structural Dynamics." Social Evolution & History Journal 14(2):27-45.

2014. Willer, David, Pamela Emanuelson, Michael Lovaglia, Brent Simpson, Shane Thye, Henry Walker, Mamadi Corra, Steven Gilham, Danielle Lewis, Travis Patton, Yamilette Chacon, and Richard Chacon. "Elementary Theory: 25 Years of Expanding Scope and Increasing Precision." Advances in Group Processes 31:175-217.

2007. Chacon, Richard, Yamilette Chacon, and A. Guandinango. "The Inti Raymi Festival Among the Cotacachi and Otavalo Indians of Highland Ecuador: Blood for the Earth." Pp. 116-141 in Warfare and Ritual Violence Among the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America: Problems in Paradise, edited by R. Chacon and R. Mendoza. Tucson, AZ: Univeristy of Arizona Press.

2005. Chacon, Yamilette. "Population Patterns and Educational Attainment of Mexican-Americans 1994-2004." Sociation Today. Vol. 3, No. 2.

Current Projects/Other

Co-founder and co-organizer of the "Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Studies" (WESIPS) Biennial Conference. Center for Cross-Cultural Study, Seville, Spain.

Addressing the underlying causes of warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality from various perspectives, this conference seeks to establish an international network of scholars for the promotions of peace, social equality, and sustainable use of natural resources. The 2017 conference website can be found here.

Chacon, Yamilette, editor. (Under Contract). Archaeological and Ideological Manifestations of Conflict in Indigenous Latin America. Florida: Univeristy Press of Florida.

Co-Organizer of the "Long Distance Maritime Exchange and Social Complexity Conference" to be held on June 8-10 at the University of Gethenburg, Sweden. 2018.

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