Faculty Bio

Lucy Lewis Johnson

Professor of Anthropology

Professor Johnson received her PhD from Columbia University in 1973, and started teaching at Vassar College as an assistant professor in that year.  Now a Full Professor, she has taught numerous courses in Anthropology as well as courses in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, and Science, Technology and Society.

Extending over a period of more than forty years, Prof. Johnson, starting in 1965, has  been active in archaeological field studies, including survey and excavations in Alaska, Egypt, Chile, Peru, Idaho, Arizona as well as numerous locations in New York State. Her field work has been supported by NSF, the National Geographic Society and Vassar College.  She is currently working on projects on Dennings Point in Beacon, NY and on the Mohonk Preserve.

In 1991 Prof. Johnson’s edited book,  ‘Paleoshorelines and Prehistory’, CRC Press, was published.  She has also published many book chapters, articles and reviews. Her contributions extend from 1973 to 2009.  From 1972 to 2009 Prof. Johnson has lectured, presented papers or participated on panels at over fifty professional events.

In her portfolio there are over ten research reports, many dealing with the cultural development of peoples in the Shumagin Islands, Alaska.  She has also written numerous contract reports on archaeological surveys from one on a proposed state park at Rockwood Hall, NY to many reports dealing with archeological and cultural resource evaluations for the Town of Poughkeepsie improvement projects.

She has been active in the governance of Vassar College as well as serving on the boards of a number of local not-for-profit organizations.  She is currently secretary of the Board of Directors of the Poughkeepsie Day School, chair of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, chair of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Environmental Society,  president of the  board of the Independent Dutchess Energy Alliance (IDEA) and is the Archaeological Consultant to the Town of Poughkeepsie Historical Commission.